How to stay organised while working from home
Knowing how to stay organised can be challenging at the best of times. Now add in working from home and juggling a family and it can become equally harder.
In this blog post I will give you six tips that will help you get back on track and stay organised while working from home.
1/ Establish a routine
Having a daily routine will help you become more efficient, improve your productivity and even give you greater job satisfaction.
Once this routine becomes a habit, it will help you to continuously create boundaries, become consistent and eliminate distractions without thinking about them.
Here are a few tips to get you off to a good start:
Create a dedicated workspace
Put your phone on silent
Turn off the TV
Close unnecessary computer tabs
Create an end of the day routine
Tidy your workspace at the end of every day
Write a list of tasks that need to be done the next day
Leave your workspace at a set time each day
Don’t check work related messages until the following day
2/ Avoid distractions
This ties in with number one above, but to further avoid distractions you must think of your work time as if you are actually working for an employer.
Would an employer be happy for his/her workforce to be scrolling through social media, or reading non-work related emails that send you down that never ending rabbit hole?
Would an employer allow you to chat to family and friends at random times throughout the day?
Would an employer allow you to suddenly start hoovering or putting a load in the washing machine for no apparent reason?
3/ regular breaks
Think about when you last worked for an employer. You would get designated break times fitted into your work day. Usually this would have consisted of:
A mid morning coffee break
An hour for lunch
A late afternoon coffee break
Now think about how you used to love those times so that you could relax and switch off.. You would return to your work feeling refreshed and ready to get on with things.
So why do most people who work from home neglect this fact and work right through, thus getting burned out at a later date.
Treat your job as a real job and take regular breaks and a proper lunch hour.
4/ connect with others
Working from home can be lonely and you can feel out of touch with the world at busy times. It is important to connect with others who are in the same situation as yourself.
Are there any networking groups online that you can attend so you can feed off like minded people and build relationships?
Could you set one up yourself?
How about setting up a virtual lunch break so you can chat while having that hour off?
5/ self care
Practising self care is so important to avoid burnout, stress and isolation.
Tips for self care:
Stay connected with others to combat loneliness
Take regular breaks to combat burnout.
Play relaxing or upbeat music and burn scented candles to alleviate stress.
Have healthy lunches and a proper break.
Stay hydrated to stay focussed.
Practice mindfulness, eg. paying attention to the present moment without judgement or distraction. This can be done using yoga or meditation.
Surround yourself with positivity. Eg positive music, positive mantra art, affirmation art etc.
6/ Use planners
Having some sort of planner is a must for any business owner so that they can record tasks, meetings, deadlines, commitments and more.
There are many types of planners for you to choose from. It is all about finding the right one that fits your needs.
Types of planners include:
The bullet journal
The discbound planner
A monthly planner
A weekly planner
A daily to do list