Working from home brings freedom and flexibility. It should also come with rules to preserve concentration as well as work-life balance. Including a strict routine, breaks to stay alert and avoid back pain, social interactions with colleagues… here are 5 do’s and don’ts to help self-motivate and ensure a successful working from home experience.
Structure your day like you would in the office
When waking up, get ready as if you were leaving for the office. When starting working, structure your day like you would at the office. Write a to-do list, plan what tasks need to be done in priority, follow a schedule that will keep you focused. Don’t forget to include time off your screen for lunch and breaks to recharge your batteries.
Set rules for the rest of the household
When you work from home, you’ll most likely be sharing your space with other members of your family. They need rules as much as you do to make sure you enjoy a quiet environment and can make significant progress throughout the day.
For example, put a sign on your door that says “busy”/“not busy”, explain that if you wear headphones it means you’re unavailable, and if you have kids, plan breaks to spend time with them so they can have your full attention.
Ensure maximum daylight and fresh air
At home, picking the right spot for your workspace is crucial. Set-up in a room that benefits from plenty of daylight and can easily be ventilated. Ideally under a roof window, to enjoy sunlight without intense glare and fresh air when opening it frequently. Occasionally, go outside to get both natural light and ventilation from the outdoors.
Don’t spend too much time on social media
You will be tempted to check your phone whenever your mind wanders. Don’t! Instead, if you need social interactions, have a chat with your colleagues. You’ll find yourself way more motivated than after a two-minute-turned-twenty scroll through social media.
Don’t sit still all day
Stand up and move around regularly. Go outside for lunch, do some exercise in between calls, invest in a standing desk… anything that will prevent you from staying still for 8 hours straight. This will help increase concentration and productivity when working from home.