#Workingfromhome certainly has many advantages but it is not always easy to manage our time and prepare ourselves for working from home efficiently.
#Workingfromhome does not mean getting up any time we like, dragging things out, prioritising tasks other than work or dedicating the time we have left over from house chores or errands to work.
Here are 10 simple but effective tips that we at #donnajobs have found for you to make working from home more manageable.
PLAN YOUR DAY IN ADVANCE
To start the day well, you need to plan ahead. You can do that the night before or as soon as you wake up in the morning, the important thing is to plan things in detail and as realistically as possible. For instance, do not try and do all the outstanding things that you should have done in the past few months in a single day. This is simply not feasible and you risk discouraging yourself and not getting what you wanted from the day. Make a detailed timetable instead and indicate the various priorities and deadlines. Set the work goals you want to achieve on that day and the amount of time you need to accomplish them. List everything you have to do in your daily program, not only work tasks but also house chores, school runs, laundry, supermarket shopping, taking the dog for a walk, watering the plants, etc. Don’t forget to include some breaks and also decide when to stop working and how to best spend the rest of the day.
Good organisation is key to carrying out not only your work tasks, but all your other commitments as well.
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RESPECT YOUR RHYTHMS
There are people who love to work early in the morning, at dawn, when everyone in the house is still asleep. There are other people, on the other hand, who prefer working late at night, because they find that is when they are at their most creative. Try to understand what your preferences are and above all, respect your own inner rhythms as much as possible.
There is no one way to organize things: there is your way! The important thing is to find the right balance, between work and breaks and between work and private life.
GET READY FOR THE WORKING DAY
Get ready to face the day in the best possible way. Set the alarm clock, allow enough time for a healthy breakfast and to get ready for the day. Wear comfortable clothes if you want or dress smartly and put on some makeup if that is your style, just don't stay in your pajamas! Stick to the plan and start working at the time you've set.
CHOOSE YOUR WORKPLACE
Determine in advance what and where your workplace is and it make it comfortable, bright and well aired as possible.
Prepare everything you need: water bottle, notebook, diary, pens, etc.
LET OTHERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR WORK COMMITMENTS
If don’t live alone explain to your parents, partner, children, flatmates etc. that even if you are at home you are still working. Try to communicate clearly where your workspace is and the time slots you allocate to working so that they can respect your needs and not constantly disturb you or ask you to move your workspace.
Don't go on social media unless you have to for work and avoid chatting with your friends as far as possible. Lower the ringtone to avoid the continuous noise of mobile phone notifications. Basically, try to avoid distractions as much as possible. You will have the chance to spend time on those once you have finished working.
Respect the scheduled breaks you have listed in your daily program. Avoid staying too long in front of your screen; it is important to take the right breaks and also to avoid sitting all the time.
When it's time have a break, get up, go for a walk, do some stretching, stretch your legs, massage your shoulders, or palm your eyes to relax after so many hours spent stuck in front of a screen.
Grab a nice relaxing herbal tea or an invigorating coffee instead for a burst of energy.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
With all the work and life or family commitments, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Do not neglect sports and activities that boost your well-being.
Join the gym, do yoga or meditation exercises. Choose the activity that is closest to your being and practise it with patience and dedication.
You can choose to do it at home too, with online courses. The important thing is that you do it regularly.
CHECK THE WORK YOU’VE DONE
Once you've set goals at the beginning of the day, make sure you've completed them at the end of the day.
Tick off everything you've done and try to figure out if there were too many goals, if you managed to achieve them all or if you got distracted while browsing online or got too caught up with your friends' posts. If that was the case, don’t get discouraged. It becomes a good reason to reorganise the next working day better.
TIME IS YOURS! LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST
Smart working gives us more time, taking us out of traffic and allowing us to avoid having to commute between home and work. It also allows us to be more flexible and to organize ourselves as we like.
So take advantage of this and choose to live your time to the fullest!
What about you? Do you have any other important tips to share to better organise your workday?
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