The working world has changed in recent months. For many, this change involves having to make the switch from working in an office with others, to suddenly finding ourselves alone at home. And, for those of us who are already used to working from home, even our working environment hasn’t gone unscathed by the recent changes. Many of us are needing to suddenly adapt to having family members constantly around, and needing to juggle homeschooling with our usual daily work routines.
With such big changes impacting everyone, It’s no wonder so many of us are struggling to create a routine that works!
So if you’re looking to establish a good routine for yourself, here are my top 10 tips to help you create a work from home routine, that actually works for you!
#1: Start your day off right
This will set you up for the day. Don’t immediately jump on social media before you get out of bed. Instead, give yourself 30 minutes to wake up, breathe, eat, and to set aside time to plan out your day.
#2: Know what your family needs
If you have family at home, you need to take their needs into account, when you work from home. Establish what time you need to allocate to them, and then look to fit your working day around that.
#3: Have a set working day in place
Show up for your working day, at the same time every day. It’s the quickest way to establish a routine for yourself – and one that others will acknowledge and respect.
#4: Block time throughout your day
Use blocks of time to plan out your day. This makes it easier for you to not only get focused, but also to get more done. Check out the popular Pomodoro Technique® to help you manage your time.
#5: Write it all down
If you want a routine to work, write it down. And whilst we’re on the subject of writing down – write down everything you need to achieve too – as it will help clear your head and help you get focused!
#6: Don’t overextend yourself
It’s easier to achieve 3 must-do tasks in a day, than overstretching yourself and ending up feeling like you’ve failed to achieve anything. Always overestimate how long things will take – so you can add in more tasks if you find yourself with available free time.
#7: Get rid of distractions
It’s crucial that you minimise distractions such as the phone, social media, email, and even your kids! By working your routine around your family commitments, you may find yourself working earlier or later in the day, but you’ll also find yourself with fewer distractions as a result.
#8: Schedule in regular breaks
Just because you work from home, it doesn’t mean you can’t have regular breaks!
#9: Don’t make it too complicated
You don’t have to account for every available working minute in your day. Give yourself wiggle room, so you don’t feel so pressured and stressed.
#10: Have a designated work space that is yours
Don’t underestimate how important this is to your productivity and focus. Even if you have to set out a space at the kitchen table each day, the routine of setting it up will help switch your mind into work mode.
The working world may have changed in recent months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t establish a home routine that works for you. By using the tips above, you’ll be able to create a routine that will help ensure you stay productive and positive, whilst you work from home – regardless of whether it needs to be a temporary or permanent solution for you.
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