When you first start working from home it seems like a dream come true because you can work whenever you like. While it’s great to have that freedom, it can often lead to you working until 3am in the morning because you were “feeling inspired”, or sleeping in until 1pm in the afternoon just because you can and there’s no one to tell you not too!
Somewhere along the line, you then realise this isn’t an effective way to run your business (or your life) and having your sleep and work pattern out of sync with the rest of the world is highly inconvenient.
If you really want to be on your A game and make the most of your time, it’s important to set yourself a routine. Here’s my top 5 tips for developing a routine to help you stay on track and increase your productivity when you work from home!
1. Wake up early every morning
My first tip is to wake up early. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “the early bird catches the worm” - well it’s true! Getting up early and starting your work in the morning allows you to fit so much more into your day. It helps you maximise your time more effectively and you can get much more work done during daylight hours. Plus you can complete the majority of your tasks before you hit the afternoon slump!
2. Get dressed
Thats right, no sitting around in your PJ’s all day! You’re not going to work to your full potential if you’re still in last nights outfit. Have a shower and get dressed, you’ll feel instantly refreshed and ready to start the day!
3. Set working hours
It’s hard to create a good work-life balance if you don’t have set working hours. You'll end up letting your work drag on all day and not really getting anything done.
If possible make your working hours from 9-5 Monday to Friday and then get up and get ready as if you were leaving the house for a regular job. Then at 5pm you know it’s your time to finish work and switch off for the evening. Then you can fully relax and enjoy your time off without still thinking about work!
4. Create a workspace
As cozy as it is working from your bed, it’s not the best idea. It’s important to create a workspace where you can sit down and focus solely on your business. This doesn’t have to be a whole office, a small desk in your living room will do the job, just make that desk your “work zone”. This way when you sit down at your desk you know it’s time to knuckle down, and when you leave you’re free to relax!
5. Take regular breaks
When you work from home, it’s easy to stay cooped up inside all day. Remember to take regular breaks like you would with any other job. Taking some time away from your work for 15-30 minutes will help you get a better perspective on things so you can come back more focused, energised and motivated.
I also recommend you make the effort to get out the house every day, even if you just walk around the block. It’s great to get some fresh air and clear your head. You don’t want to get stale sat in the same seat all day long!
I hope you found this post helpful! Got any more tips? Leave them in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!