First and foremost, working remotely isn’t for everyone. Especially if you’re used to working in a bricks and mortar office space, making the transition to remote working can be difficult and some people prefer the social aspects of working in an office.
It can be easy to slide into bad habits when you don’t HAVE to get dressed in the morning. It’s easy to be distracted by the dogs barking, the washing up in the sink, the ever growing list of household chores that you now can’t escape.
So setting yourself firm boundaries is essential to ensuring productivity.
Designate a working space. It doesn’t matter whether that’s curled up on your sofa, sat at the dining table or whether you have a dedicated office. Having a plan and an idea as to where you intend to work and making sure that space is free from distractions will set you up for the day.
Set your working hours. Be very clear to family and friends that although you are working from home, you are still working. Therefore you won’t always be available for the school run, or to collect the shopping etc. It’s not easy being firm but it helps you to establish boundaries for your business and for your clients.
Find tools that make your life easier. More and more businesses are appreciating the benefits of remote working and as a result there’s an abundance of communication tools that you can use to make your day easier.
Get dressed every day. What’s the point in working from home if you can’t slob about in your PJs? Well it helps you get into the right mindset and besides which, you never know when a client might want to video call with you.
Mix it up a little. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re in your comfort zone. Take yourself out of it every now and again, work from the local coffee shop or take advantage of shared office spaces. Different environments and talking to new people can really help to refresh your perspective.
Log off. Connecting with clients and colleagues has never been easier than it is right now, but remember it’s important to switch off too. It’s tempting to reply to that email at 11.30pm on a friday evening but is it necessary? You may have 24/7 access to work but that doesn’t mean you should always be on call.