4. Change the scenery!
Perhaps the greatest perk of working remotely is being able to take your work with you. Digital Nomads are renown for sharing stunning pictures across Instagram of their “office” views, but you don’t have to hire a camper and some solar panels to enjoy a change of scenery whilst working. Surfing coffee shop sofas, setting up in the garden or simply changing rooms in your house all serve to mix things up a little and enhance your productivity.
Top Tip: If you can, and remote working is a long-term thing for you, consider getting electrical points installed in the garden. You’ll appreciate the investment in the summer months. Failing that maybe an ultra-long power cable…
5. The ‘to DON’T list’
Create a “to-don’t list” – a huge pitfall of working from home can be that you are surrounded by constant reminders of other things you could be doing such as chores. Step away from the washing up liquid and hoover – as pressing as that task may seem, leaving your desk to just do a little bit of washing up could soon turn into a full-on spring clean. Tools such as live streaming into the office could work as a good deterrent and add a little accountability to how you use your time. But if you just can’t help but wash-up last nights dinner dishes, set goals, create a checklist and once done, reward yourself…. With some washing up!!!!
Top Tip: Close your eyes as you walk through the kitchen – you’ll get used to it after a while -but if the risk of injury is too great have a dedicated start time and try to get your chores done before the day starts. Alternatively, hire a cleaner, you might be able to afford it now you’re saving on the commute costs…
and finally…. 6. The Shutdown Ritual
Leaving work after a day in the office is an obvious signal to the brain and body that the workday is over. Often as a remote worker you may be tempted just to get up from your desk or put your laptop down on the sofa next to you and think that’s it. Ask yourself…. How many times after that do you “nip” back on to see whether you have any new emails/reply to a supplier/check your LinkedIn? By creating a ritual, you are subconsciously telling your brain the working day is done. So, close your laptop and put it away in its allocated space. Tidy your desk and remove all clutter ready for the next day, decompress and shut the door to your home office. The day is done, you have a long commute to the sofa waiting for you.
Top Tip: Having a shutdown ritual is absolutely 110% necessary, and possibly the most important part of the day. You must get used to shutting your brain off. When your home is also your workplace, its easy for the boundaries to get blurred. I cannot stress this enough. Do not ignore this step.
Tools I think you’ll need to succeed (I’m not sponsored or endorsed by)
- Monday.com – not just for project management, but a great visual tool for organising your own workflow processes and task lists
- Slack – collaborative working and constant chat at its best, it’s like WhatsApp but turbo
- IKEA – kit your office out, standing desks are cool but they cost a fortune and who can actually fit one in their home office????
- Cat treats – your cat is probably going to pester you all day long, mine is currently trying to write this article by swishing her tail across my keyboard – cat treats will provide a welcome distraction
- Wi-Fi extender – fancy working in the garden today?? Don’t let lack of Wi-Fi stop you from catching some rays whilst typing those emails!
- An endless supply of coffee – buy it in bulk, you can no longer rely on the office kitchen to provide you in a never-ending supply of the caffeinated goodness
- A remote job
ps. don’t vacuum your cat!