Working from home (Tips, tricks, & advice)

Thanks to the 2020 pandemic, we’ve seen a lot of office workers start working from home. This can be a blessing in times like this, but it can also be hard if you’re not used to it.

Added to the fact that many of you will also have your children at home with you, trying to complete work from a tiny desk in your house may seem impossible. Which is why we’ve decided to share some tips for those working from home.

Trust us when we say – you can do this! Most bloggers are used to creating content and working on their blogs at home, usually in the quiet hours before everyone else wakes up. So this is just a slight adjustment for many.

Tips for working from home effectively

Here are a few things to help you with this new way of life (even if just for a little).

Continue with everyday routines

Make your bed, get dressed, definitely shower! You can be more casual and comfy at home, but being too comfy will really decrease your productivity levels. Get yourself up and ready for the day, even if no one is going to see you.

But you can totally keep those sloth slippers on!

Designate a working space

To avoid working from bed, or getting distracted on the couch, make sure you have a specific area to work in. Whether this is just a corner in your living room or a separate office.

Make sure it’s free of clutter and serves only as a workspace. Don’t let it become the dumping ground for post letters, magazines, or even car keys.

Prioritise your time

This means knowing when it’s time for work and when it’s not. Don’t try to get 8 hours of work in plus clean the full house as well as play with the kids. Know what you can fit in, and which is more important.

Having a planner and writing to-do lists will help with this. Slot in each part of your day and mark high-priority activities. This way you’ll have more control over your time and won’t fall behind in work or home life.

Minimise distractions

If at work you don’t have your cellphone on you constantly, create the same environment at home and leave that little guy in another room. Don’t have the TV on (or get the other house occupants to turn it down) and make sure your workspace is tidy.

home office space in kitchen

Communicate

Letting your team know how things are going, when you are available, and even when things aren’t going as planned is really important. Teams who work remotely can become disconnected if communication isn’t used effectively.

Make sure you’re all aware of channels used by the company to keep in touch and use them as much as possible. Even if it’s just to share pics of your cat trying to sleep on your laptop (ok, this depends on your boss’ fondness of cats, of course).

Take breaks

Don’t sit at your desk all day. You may feel like you need to work extra to prove you’re still being productive, but eventually, you will burn out. Stand up and go rub your cat’s tummy every hour, or just soak up some sunlight.

Switch off and leave it off

It’s harder to ‘leave’ work when work never leaves. But this is where having a separate work area in your home is important. Once you’ve completed your fair share of work for the day, switch off and close your laptop.

Cook dinner, walk the dog, or catch up on a few episodes of Love is Blind. Even if you do go back to work afterwards, you’ll work better by giving your brain a breather.

Remind friends and family that you are actually working

Pandemic and social distancing aside, a lot of people figure that because you’re working from home, you can work whenever you want. While this may be true, you’re still having to do the same amount of work.

So that hour-long coffee visit, or ‘quickly’ driving your aunt to the fabric store means you have to give up your rest time to continue working. Make them aware of this.

Be mindful in your habits

Working from your home can either be the best or the worst thing for your health. You could simply never leave the house, eat quick meals, and spend hours in front of your laptop.

OR you could keep up an exercise routine, make healthy meals, and spend time in your garden, reading, and enjoying your space.

It’s important to make working from home a healthy development, whether it’s temporary or permanent. And if your home office has only come as a solution to social distancing, it’s even more important to make sure your body is healthy.

Online work at home kit

woman on skype call

Thanks to technology, we have so many apps and software to help make working at home a breeze. If you and your team aren’t quite used to working remotely, here are a few online tools to try out.

Messaging & calls

These are all free, online, and help teams keep in contact

  1. Slack – instant messaging, file sharing, and voice calls
  2. Google Hangouts – free video calls for teams up to 10 people
  3. Zoom – great, free video conference calls
  4. Skype – instant messaging, file sharing, and video calls
  5. Loom – send video messages that record your screen

Project management

These tools are great for keeping tasks and projects up to date

  1. Trello
  2. Freedcamp
  3. Monday.com
  4. Asana

Home working – make it work for you

desk for working at home

Whether you’ve been banished into self-isolation without a break from work or you’re just working on your blog as a business, you can make working from home work for you. You just have to set your boundaries, manage your expectations, and keep yourself in check.

For some, it may be easy and come naturally. Others may find it harder, just because they aren’t used to it, or because there are a lot more obstacles in their way.

While working from home permanently is not for everyone, it can be exactly what some of us need – to keep our careers going while enjoying some freedom and allowing us to be at home when needed.

 

Are you working from home? Share in the comments what you’ve found hard, or what you’ve found easier! Let us know if you have any tips of your own. And share pics of your home office with us! Use the #Blogbossathome

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