1.) Set yourself up an office or a space to work so you’re not working from your bed/sofa – you’ll get too easily distracted.
2.) Work out your working hours, I tend to be more creative of an evening so I try to work from 10-6 or 11-7, I get up around 8 and will go to the gym, do my weekly shop or do any chores I need to before I settle into my working day.
3.) Get up, shower and change into something comfortable (not pyjamas!). Get yourself into a routine as if you were getting ready to go out for the day whether that’s doing your makeup or changing into your favourite jeans, I’m always more motivated when I’m up and ready to take on the day!
4.) Create a good playlist to keep you motivated, I tend to listen to some old school r’n’b to get me going (especially on a Monday morning!).
5.) Stick to a schedule, I’m the queen of procrastination and find it hard to focus on one task at a time so lately I’ve been writing myself a daily schedule of what needs to be accomplished by what time so I can achieve everything I need to in one day (I’ll share my schedule soon so hopefully it will help!).
6.) Leave your phone out of reach, I put mine on charge across the room and check it at lunchtime and of an evening, if I have it near me I’m too tempted to check Instagram, Facebook, What’s App (and so the list goes on!).
7.) Create an environment where you’re comfortable to work from, I like to light my favourite candles, pop on some Scentered ‘Focus’ therapy balm and have a big comfy cushion on my work chair so I’m set up for a days work.
8.) Remember to get some fresh air or step back, whether you’re working from home or an office it’s important to take regular breaks, especially if you’re glued to your laptop all day. I leave the house at least once every day even if it’s to my local shop or a short walk for some fresh air. Make sure you eat your lunch away from your office to allow yourself some downtime.
How do you stay focused when working from home? I’d love to hear your tips!