Those of us who work from home full-time, or who work from home on occasion, will all have our stories to share about the good points and the challenges of getting the day’s work completed without setting foot in the office.
The good points are many, and always worth focusing on. They include things such as the following:
- Lack of a commute, which means you’re at your desk and ready to go without having had to negotiate traffic or stand on a crowded commuter train.
- Fewer distractions. When you’re at home, you’re not surrounded by any hubbub and can delve right into your work without anything going on around you
- Saving on the running costs and mileage of your car
- Flexibility – it’s easier to fit things in such as dental appointments when your day has no travel time at either end, plus you can also wear the clothes you feel most comfortable working in.
Motivations for homeworkers
This type of working is different from office working – and since you’re likely to be alone for most if not all of the day, it’s worth reminding yourself of the benefits mentioned above. This will help to keep motivation levels up.
Give yourself a break now and then
It’s important that – since you’re at home, and therefore in a comfortable environment, you will still need to take the recommended amount of screen breaks for the sake of health and safety.
Mark out your territory
Another important way to get the best from homeworking is to clearly define your working space. Now, of course not all of us are in the fortunate position where we can spare a room in the house and convert it into out our own personal office. But it is possible to set up an area – say the dining table –and make it into your office space during the day, while reverting it to its domestic use for the non-working part of the day.
While you may be physically alone during the day, the internet provides many chances to keep up with family and friends during breaks, especially at lunch. You can use your social networks to keep up with family and friends – and there are also good ways to maximise your professional network by signing up to business networking sites too.
This is a guest post. Jen Jones writes on company health insurance and workplace well-being for business blogs in the UK and internationally.
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