Saturday, 1 October 2011

On Working From Home

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The weekend is here and I'm talking about work! There may be some tips in here to put you in the right frame of mind for Monday. Many more people are starting to work from home for a variety of reasons. As attractive as the idea of working from home is it is not as easy as it may sound. Here are some tips, lessons that I learned the hard way.

Get dressed; This may sound obvious & I am not suggesting that you are all walking around naked all day. There is a psychology to the routine of getting ready to leave for work, it allows you to get mentally ready also. It will be very tempting to spend the day wandering around in pj's or under a blanket but resist the temptation, it will pay off! I am writing this washed, dressed & sat at my desk. Thinking back to student days I always wrote better essays when I go up, dressed & went for a walk before sitting down to work.

Form a routine; Lots of the people I know who work from home do so because they need to have a flexible routine & this includes myself. A flexible routine still has to be a routine, for those of you with children you will probably have to be more flexible than most. One of the most valuable skills I have learned in my working life is organisation and being able to  react to react to change & re-prioritise. When you work from home you have to plan your time. I like to split my week with a variety of tasks. I also like to split my day into 3 - I have a long on as I get up at 5am. Here is an example.



Monday

Tuesday
Morning
Blog and photo editing
Morning
Design work
Midday
Sewing
Midday
Writing
Afternoon
Painting
Afternoon
Writing


Organise your space; It is important to carve a space out to call your own, even a small space. This goes back to the psychology of being 'at' work. It also gives you a place to plan and organise your next move. 
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design from home
design from home
Home is home & work is work; This relates to my point about routine. Working from home affords you the opportunity to have a flexible day but don't get sucked into a cycle of housework & work avoidance. If you worked in an office & went to make a coffee you wouldn't then wash the dishes and mop the floor. It is too easy to do something in your home that is not work and promise yourself that you will pay the time back. Ask yourself these questions; will you pay the time back? If you do pay the time back what impact will this have on your life? I am a workaholic, I love what I do and I thrive on achievement. However I also have a life filled with people I love so I make time for them. If I spent all my evenings paying back time that I wasted during the day I would never see my new husband who work 9 - 5!
work from home
work from home
I hope that this post has been useful & you all find a way that works for you. So to re-cap;
  • Get dressed & ready for your day
  • Plan your time & make a routine to suit your life & work
  • Be strict with yourself
  • Work hard & make time for the people in your life
  • ENJOY WHAT YOU DO!
     

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