The Do’s & Don’ts for Working from Home, Productively
By 2022, 43% of the global workforce will be mobile (according to The School of Life). Yep, this means in under three years, nearly half of the world will have flexible schedules.
But, while breaking free from the confines of the 9-5 is pretty close to “living the dream”, we need to prepare ourselves for this newfound “freedom”. Because, after decades of adhering to the industrialist way of working, today’s culture requires us to build our self-sufficiency muscle.
Whether you run your own business, are a freelancer, remote employee or work from home regularly, Janes, this one’s for you.
How to work from home and still get sh*t done
Protect your work time like it’s your toddler.
Your relationship to your work matters. It shouldn’t matter if you do it in an office or in bed, work hours are for work, not coffee dates or yoga classes. This is not to say you can’t be flexible. You can! Decide on the hours that you’ll set aside for work, and plan around them. This will also help you focus better while you’re ‘on the clock’.
Choose your ‘office.’
Speaking of your attention, experiment where you work the best. Is it in a home office? A local café? Maybe even a co-working space? Again, you can mix this up and expose yourself to different environments to spark creativity. Just remember, a routine is a necessary tool, even if you don’t answer to anyone. I suggest leaving the house, so your mind subconsciously knows “it’s time to work” – and vice versa, when you’re done for the day.
Explore your energy levels.
One of the most underrated parts of working from home (or with a flexible schedule) is honouring our individual energy levels. Are you most productive first thing in the morning? You probably found that corporate stretch to 5.00pm, difficult. Night owl? Maybe you prefer to start at 11.00am and work until dinner. Listen to what your body needs and adjust your work hours to suit.
Create a team of people to lean on.
Freelancers know the impacts of working autonomously all too well. Their only interactions are with their barista and cat. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Invest your time in creating a network, physical or online, with professionals who are also working this way.
Human connection is the leading cause of our overall happiness. Harvard University did an 80-year study on it, too. Make sure you’ve got a good support network around you.
Become a lifelong learner.
Working side-by-side in teams, you inadvertently learn from one another. But, sitting in a busy coffee shop, with your headphones in isn’t an environment conducive to learning. With the time you used to spend commuting, put aside a couple of hours a week for active learning. It’ll help you feel more purposeful. Occupy those hours when you’re feeling ‘off’, and increase your confidence.
Start your day with a good cup of coffee, your to-do list, and of course, an aspirational Jane article (or three) to set the tone.
What’s your tips for working from home productively? Let us know in the comments below or share with The Jane Community on our Facebook Group Ask My Friend Jane.