Ali’s home-grown TOP TIPS for working from home.  In this current economic climate, a lot more of us will now have to work from home:  and…. it’s actually harder than you think to self-motivate, ignore those household chores, not turn on the TV for a quick look, make another cuppa, just re-plant that plant in the garden, look out of the window in a trance because there is nobody there to say stop.  The list goes on.

I have been self-employed and working from home since 2011.  Got to say that I love it.  But I am very motivated (well, most of the time).  And do follow some strict rules that work for me.  Here are some top tips for working from home:

  • Set your alarm as you normally would to go to your office and get up…. Don’t press that snooze button;
  • Go ahead with your normal morning routine. Breakfast, gym, a run or cycle ride, dog walk or just catching up on your own social media, the news (not the depressing stuff);
  • Get ready for work. No lounging in your PJ’s or dressing gown.  The right clothes set your mind on the right track – professional/business.  WORK;
  • Allocate a space to work from. Don’t stick your laptop/desktop on the living room coffee table, on your bed, or anyway else you can “slouch”.  I know we don’t all have a spare office or room that can be used but try to make sure that you can walk away from your new “home-work place”;  you have to be able to switch off;
  • Take coffee breaks, stretch your legs – your normal working day begins;
  • Take a lunch break – do as you would normally do at your company’s office. A walk, read, meditate.  Following your normal routine is key!
  • Stop working at the usual time. It can be very hard to stop work – but you must.  We already live in a busy 24/7 working environment; you must Switch off.

So that’s it.  Sounds simple, but this can be harder for some than others.  It took me some time to find my routine.  So glad I have one now.

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