Words by: Viola Levy
For many of us, the idea of working from home is living the dream! No more hellish commutes or having to share a cramped kitchen with colleagues (plus you get to control the temperature and music choices!). But outside of a typical work environment, it can be tough to stay focused – especially if you don’t have colleagues around to motivate you and the distractions of home get in the way. But if you’re taking a day to work from home, there are ways to maintain your concentration and be as productive as you are in the office.
1. Get an early start
Just because you don’t have to spend an hour travelling to work, it doesn’t mean that you can enjoy a lengthy lie in! To get your brain in ‘work mode’, you need to behave like it’s a normal working day – that means waking up normally and tackling your tasks from the get-go. Otherwise you’ll keep putting things off and your brain will become sluggish as you start to lose motivation.
2. Have a list and stick to it
Without a boss or colleagues asking you for various tasks throughout the day, working from home takes serious self-discipline and can sometimes feel overwhelming. Make a list of tasks in order of priority and tackle them in that order. If you’re noticing things around the house that need cleaning or fixing, these can go to the bottom of your list to ensure you get your day job done first!
3. Switch off all social media (and WhatsApp!)
Without your manager keeping an eye on you, it’s easy to get lost down a rabbithole of Facebook videos, group chats and Twitter threads. Logging out of accounts and switching off notifications will stop you from getting unnecessarily distracted.
4. Get outdoors when you can
Even if you’re only getting out once a day for some exercise, taking a brisk walk – especially in green spaces like local parks or nature reserves – is good for clearing your head and can stave off cabin fever.
5. Have some designated chill time
Having your home as your office, it can be tricky to wind down at the end of the day. Indulging in some self-care, whether it’s a long bath, meditation, reading a book or just spritzing on some relaxing perfume, like the new Tranquil Eau de Parfum from ME can make all the difference.