Working From Home & Staying Productive

Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Working from home is definitely one of those things that's truly desired by many people. The ability to be in your own environment, drink endless tea, slack about in your pj's and eat whenever you like without having to upset anyone in the office (people who bring fish based meals are the worst)

With that said, it's also really easy to lose motivation when working from home and find that productivity can drop sharply. Something about tea, biscuits and daytime tv that can keep you occupied for hours. So it's important to make sure that you keep your brain engaged and your productivity levels at their best.

One of the first things I always do when I get home from my shoots is to actually have a break. It can be easy to just slip in and out of your work and take random little snippets of time off whenever you feel yourself getting fed up. But set yourself 45 minutes to an hour to just sit, eat, drink, chill or whatever it is you want to do! Even go for a walk if you're one of those people who wake up and work from home straight away. It'll help in the long run.

Another thing I do is to try and keep my phone at arm's length away and not always in sight. There's nothing wrong with a little smartphone browsing every now and again, we're working from home after all! But try and keep yourself focused on what you're doing. There's nothing more distracting than watching your phone go off every ten minutes in the corner of your eye.
I don't have a dedicated office space as I live in a shared flat with my best mate, so I work from my bedroom at a small desk in the corner. (I used to work downstairs but that was a disaster waiting to happen. Cue endless Friends watching and Gilmore Girls) so I moved upstairs. To keep this space working for me, I make to sure to keep it clean, tidy and feeling clear. Those who know me will know that I'm a bit of a clean freak anyway, but there's something about working in a messy environment that doesn't work me. I also like to keep it flooded with natural light (when I'm not actually color editing) as it keeps me feeling much happier!

And finally, I like to write everything down on actual paper with an actual pen so I can keep my mind connected to what I'm doing and not lose track of my tasks for the day. I know plenty of people who do this but with their phones or emails, but I find that things I read or need to do can get lost so easily. So I like to have it written down in front me so I can physically tick it off. I've always found that works best for me.
 These are just a few small things that I do when working from home to keep me ticking over nicely. Of course, I also break these little rules every now and again because, well I'm human! And sometimes I'll come home, grab the biccies and I'm done for. But I try and stick to these as often as I can! 

Let me know if you'd like to hear more things like this in the future! And share your tips in the comments if you're a fellow home worker!

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