There are many advantages to working from home, especially if you require flexible hours to suit your lifestyle.
Self-motivation and organisation, however, are key to maintaining workflow and some can find it challenging to stay focused. So here are some top tips from GBC Group, the UK’s premier retailer of quality garden and leisure buildings, on how to achieve this.
When it comes to the working day, it’s natural to prioritise what you want to complete before close of play, no matter where you’re working. This can differ when you’re working from home because you may only have yourself to answer to.
In order to succeed and stay motivated, create a list of everything you’re required to do that day and give yourself suitable timeframes to help you stay on track. Make sure you set realistic targets to avoid demotivation.
Create a work area
Creating a workspace will help you stay focused and reduce the risk of distraction and procrastination. Depending on your willpower, working in the living room might really mean watching television. Working in the kitchen might even have you washing the dishes.
Setting your workspace in a garden office or a summer house is an effective way to keep distractions to a minimum and helps you keep your personal and work life separate.
Dress for work
You might like the idea of working in your pyjamas, but this may not always be the best way to work. It’s important that you have the right mindset, and not getting dressed into work clothes could affect that. Subconsciously, getting into workwear will encourage you to stay on track and increase your productivity.
Working by yourself with no contact with others throughout the day can eventually become lonely and may even reduce your productivity.
Staying connected to colleagues and friends will give your mind a break and help you maintain your productivity levels. Visiting the office to see your colleagues in person will also help, as any given opportunity to connect with people is important.
When working from home your hours may be more flexible. Even so, it’s important to set yourself your working hours. Sticking to this will help you become more constructive, know when to start finishing up for the day and be able to leave your work in a good place for when you pick it up next.
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