Working from home means a routine is essential.
It begins with making a point of getting up at a fixed time, showering and dressing in your work clothes every day that you are ‘working’.
The act of getting dressed and going through your “routine” helps with getting into the right headspace for your day at the office.
It’s also got the huge benefit that you won’t be caught short if someone drops in for a Facetime or Zoom call.
A good work from home routine
Having a good routine is essential to your productivity, mental and physical health.
You know… taking regular breaks to stand up and walk around. Stretch.
Play music or burn incense if that’s what works for you.
Stop for lunch and definitely don’t eat at your desk! Sometimes I get caught on this one, but it is the exception rather than the norm.
Before the lockdown got so strict I used to walk to the beachfront in my lunch break, sit down under a shady tree to refresh, reframe and relax. It worked a treat!
It can be challenging when it comes down to overseeing and giving clear instructions to remote team members. Shared Google docs and other wonderful little tech pieces are super valuable and user friendly too.
I have a favourite little tool called “Snag It” that I use whenever I need to send visual illustrations of what I need to explain – it’s magic!
You can use it to record little snippets of “how to” and it also has the benefit of making you a little more connected and personal.
Family and friends need to be educated that you are ”at work” and cannot be disturbed just because you are at home.
A Back-Up Plan
The technology may fail. A backup plan is essential!
That means using regular, automated backup for all your work, and having a second device to access Skype, internet etc.
For me, this means having a tablet, a smartphone and a laptop as well as paying for Dropbox and having auto-sync happening.
The changing workplace
The workplace has changed enormously since the early days of my career. But the biggest change I’ve seen is in working remotely.
The current situation we find ourselves in means almost everyone is working from home. Thanks to the ever-expanding information technology capabilities it’s actually fairly easy.
Don’t you just love wi-fi and smartphones? I do!
I love working from home and remotely – so much so that it’s been the bulk of my business for a few years now.
I’m not saying it’s easy. It does require discipline, but it can be truly wonderful once you get the hang of it.
Michelle Hanton is a multi-award winning bespoke business strategist, working internationally as a consultant, coach, speaker and writer. She has a keen interest in the not-for-profit sector and is the former CEO of Lifeline Top End, and founder of Dragons Abreast Australia, a national charity dedicated to the promotion of breast cancer awareness.