Working From Home & Staying Productive

Working from home is one of those luxury concepts that us office folk often dream about. No doubt on your morning commute, you’ve pondered daily lie ins, the all-day pyjama parties and maybe even phoning into that ever-so-dull weekly meeting from the comfort of your own bed.

Sure, there are a lot of pros to working from home, especially if it’s something you only do for part of the week. I know from previous jobs, a day or so spent at home meant I could smash out my to do list without all of the usual office distractions. However, to successfully work from home every day takes dedication, discipline and focus. So, seeing as I’ve now officially been WFH for over six months, I thought I’d put together a few of my top tips on how to motivate yourself, be productive and not lose your mind.

Create A Work Space

If you’re new to working at home, this is a pretty important one and is something that often gets overlooked. Do not try and work from your bed or your sofa! It doesn’t put you in the right frame of mind to get your head down and do some work. You’ll probably be more tempted to have a quick snooze or catch up on Netflix!

When I found out I was going to working from home, I spent hours on Pinterest dreaming up and then creating my perfect office space. Because remember, just like a proper office, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there and so it needs to be an inspiring space. Oh and also, invest in a comfy chair! I spent my first few weeks sitting on this beauty and although it looks great, your back soon pays the price.

Structure Your Day

Whether I’m in the office or at home, my day always starts with a to do list. I bloody love a list and I often have about 3 different ones on the go, but I have found them even more useful since being at home.

I seem to get the majority of my admin/maths based work done in the morning, yet by mid-afternoon I would rather spend time doing something a little more creative. I have no idea why, but knowing this allows me to structure my day around it. So when I’m writing out my tasks for the day, I ensure (whereever possible) they’re timed to when I am most likely to get stuck in and do that particular task. It honesty works wonders and helps to stop the mind wandering… or the feet wandering downstairs to search the contents of the fridge.

Get Out of the House

About a month or so ago I was having a really crappy week and I suddenly realised I hadn’t left my house in days. If, like me, you enjoy being around people, the isolation of working from home is definitely the hardest part. I seriously miss the office banter and general chit chat!

To combat feeling like Mr or Ms Lonely Pants, make sure you schedule some time during the week to get out of the house, whether that’s working from your local coffee shop, going for a walk or heading to the gym in the evening. You will honestly feel so much better after a little human interaction.

Wear Whatever You Want

I have read so many crappy tips on working from home and so many of them tell you to get “properly” dressed for work. Personally, I think this is a loada’ rubbish. One of the biggest pros to working from home is the fact you can literally wear whatever the hell you want. I’m usually makeup free and in my gym gear! But whether you’re wearing your PJs or a shirt and tie (or a combo of them both, god damn Skype calls), who cares as long as you get the work done.

Take Breaks

One of the strangest things I’ve found about working from home is the guilt factor. If I make a coffee and I miss a call, or if I take a walk into town to pick up some lunch, I get this massive pang of guilt. There’s a self-inflicted pressure when you work from home that you must be available and working all day, every day. Weird when you consider the amount of time that is wasted in an office.

Personally I’ve never been great at taking breaks. Even at school I used to think lunch time was a waste of time. I’d rather have eaten in class and got the hell outta’ there earlier! So when it came to working, I’ve always been an eat at my desk and plough on through kinda’ gal. But at home, where there are no distractions, it’s just you and your laptop (and in my case a seriously annoying feline), you need to take the occasional 5 mins out to keep yourself sane.

If you’re new to WFH, my final bit of advice is to bear with it. It’s super strange at first and you’ll have good days and bad days, but soon enough you’ll get into a routine and it will become the norm. Thinking about it, going back into the office might even become a little scary… long arse team huddles and endless corporate jargon? Hmmm… maybe working from home isn’t so bad after all.

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  • I don’t work from home, but I can imagine how hard it can be to stay focused.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Love these tips! I don’t completely work from home, but I definitely need to create a workspace. I have one, but I’m guilty of bringing my laptop into bed to work there and I am definitely less productive!

    xo, Elisabeth
    http://elisabethhayes.com

  • I would love to work from home!! But yeah def would need to keep myself motivated so I don’t spend all day everyday watching Netflix lol!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  • I don’t work from home, but totally agree on creating a nice workspace! I am still decorating my desk area and I am more motivated when it’s nicely organized and decorated.

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

  • I don’t work from home, since I don’t get money from it yet, but I have been home for 6 months already. I have done all of these, and usually in my PJs. And I agree 100% with the office! You need a good work place to get something done. I hated doing my blog on the sofa, because Netflix..

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

  • These are great tips! I’ve been WFH since I have a baby! I get up very early so I can be more productive! And I love the fact that I can wear my PJs all day long! x Vivian
    http://www.viviantse.net

  • I don’t work from home (yet!) but just for blogging in the evenings and weekends I’ve noticed that creating a lovely work space is so important. When I try to do it from the sofa (which, granted, I often do…) it’s so easy to get distracted by everything on the TV and on my phone etc! x

  • Merel van Poorten

    Such an helpful post! I can fully relate <3

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

  • Sometimes I think that I’d love working from home, but it must be quite difficult to find the right balance – planning your day is definitely a crucial point, with to-do lists of all sorts and even slots allotted for each task – when I’ve got a lot to do at home work-wise, I like to have clear targets and I try to find the best moment of the day to work. Times of the day are also a really important point to take into account I think :)

    Julia x
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  • Diana Maria

    I never really understood how difficult it must be to create balance when working from home until recently. I used to think I’d love it, but I do enjoy being around people and getting out of the house so I don’t think I’d be able to do it. Good for you for having the discipline! It sounds like a lot of work, but also well worth it xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

  • March and May

    Those are such a great tips. I have a space, but I still work from my sofa. I maybe need to reorganize myself. Thank you for sharing.

    March and May

  • Such a great post and tips! Have a lovely weekend

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Great tips, especially about creating your own workspace! Also great boots!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

  • Loved this post! I’ve been working from home for 2 months now and agree with everything on this list. I’m still working on my office space (Its almost done, whoo-hoo!), but I definitely need to work on getting outside more often. I’m a natural introvert so I can spend a whole week in the house and not even think twice about going outside.
     Sierra Berry | Berry Stylish @itsberrystylish  

  • Creating a dedicated work/office space is brilliant advice, because our environments can have such a massive impact on our wellbeing! Also LOVE your point about wearing whatever the hell you want, it truly is one of the best things about being/working at home :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • This is such a lovely read dear, and I couldnt agree more. Especially about “Get out of the house.” Heard many people struggle workign at home because they feel stagnant and unproductive. Well, one simple trick is just to go out from time to time and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Kim

    Sometimes my breaks are a little *too* long that they are no longer considered breaks. More like goofing off hahah. Great tips nonetheless!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

  • I love this post! I dream of working in my pyjamas xxx

    http://www.themollyellis.com