With various distractions like children, pets and a pile of washing, working from home can be a tricky business. But now you have little choice but to make your house function as both a home and an office.
Here are our top tips to make sure you have an efficient and stimulating working environment that can work alongside your living space:
Have clear boundaries
It is important to separate home and work both physically and psychologically in order to establish boundaries.
Be very clear, to yourself and others, that working from home doesn’t mean you’re constantly available. Be strict about setting your work hours and make sure family as well as work colleagues, respect this.
When it comes to work, functionality is everything, but creating a space that is as beautiful and stimulating as it is practical can make you happier and ultimately more productive.
Make sure you’ve got a good amount of natural light and ventilation as well as a few plants and pictures to spruce up the place.
Ignore the distractions
Dirty dishes, the mound of clothes to be folded and life admin you’ve been putting off; distractions in the home are everywhere.
When your home and your office are under the same roof, interruptions can be harder to ignore than in a traditional office.
As much as you’d like to have a spotless house, block out time to do chores later in the day. Shut the door and pretend it’s not there during working hours.
Create additional space where possible
If you have your own business, you may have to keep archive files for the tax man or store extra stock.
Free up some space at home by renting a storage unit at Shurgard. This will allow you to reclaim some personal space and ensure you know where things are at all times. No need to worry, contracts can be made remotely over the phone or after online reservations.
Have a post-work treat ready
Whether it’s a glass of wine, an episode on Netflix or a nice long walk with the dog, reward yourself with something as soon as the working day is done.
This will give you something to look forward to, and can serve as a mental cue that the work day is complete and it’s time to enjoy some downtime!