ADJUSTING TO WORKING FROM HOME (WHEN YOU’RE NOT USED TO IT) is a Guest Post from Michelle from www.timeandpence.com. Michelle writes about ways to make money, save money and organise your family life.
I have been working from home for over 16 years now so I am used to it. I have lots of on-line income streams, my blog is just one of them! I do remember though, what it was like my very first day transitioning from working in an office full of people, to working in my home environment.
ADJUSTING TO WORKING FROM HOME
I now love making money from home and feel I have a great work, life balance, so today I will share with you the things that worked for me whilst adjusting to working from home.
Get Up and Get Dressed
One of the things I have always done is got up, showered, dressed and put on my make up as if I’m going into the office. That way you feel ready for the working day and you get into the right mindset for work.
Keeping your slippers on is ok but pyjamas are a big no-no!
Have a Routine
Set yourself the same routine that you are used to. If you are used to working 9-5 Monday to Friday, continue to do the same and switch off at the weekends.
Ensure you take regular breaks, but don’t get distracted by things such as the TV or social media.
Plan Your Day
Have a weekly plan so that each day you know what you need to do. If you don’t do this, you’ll find yourself staring at the walls, procrastinating and not getting anywhere. If it helps, you can break it up into hourly time slots.
Put your plan somewhere you can see it. At a quick glance you will see what you should be doing at any moment in time.
Create a Work Space
If you have a spare room or an office, that is perfect, but if you don’t, find a corner of a room or somewhere you can designate as your work space.
At the end of each day, close your office door, or, if you don’t have an office, put all your work away in a drawer or cupboard so that it’s out of sight.
Tell Your Friends and Family Your Plan
When you are trying to adjust to working from home, it’s easy for your friends and family to think they can just call or turn up for a chat because you are at home. This is recipe for disaster. A quick phone call can easily turn into an hour and you will lose your work momentum.
I found it really helped to tell my friends and family when I’m working. During those hours don’t take any personal calls or arrange any visits.
Staying disciplined with all these things will help you to adjust to working from home easily making the whole experience much more enjoyable.
Are you adjusting to working from home? if you are I would love to hear how you are getting on.
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