More and more people – around 6.5 million in the UK – are choosing to work from home, either running their own business or if they need to work more flexibly.
It can often seem like the easy option however unless you plan your time even more effectively than you do in an office environment, you may find yourself still sitting at your desk at 8pm, without having accomplished half of what you were meant to do! Here’s Portal’s top tips to making your work day at home as productive as it can be.
Dedicate some workspace
As tempting as it may be to balance your laptop on your knee whilst This Morning is playing in the background, you need to have a set area to work. Not only will this help keep your work area clear of home clutter and vice versa, you will also be properly focused when you sit at your work space.
Don’t become isolated
Working on your own for long hours can be demotivating. Use whatever technology you have available to stay in touch with colleagues and keep up to date with what’s happening in the outside world. Check out local networking events where you can meet others in similar situations and perhaps even meet some new contacts.
Organise your day
Just as you would in the office, have set times of day to do set tasks. It’s much easier to become distracted when you’re at home, so this requires even more discipline.
Dress to impress!
You wouldn’t go into an office wearing your pyjamas or an old tracksuit, so why work like that from home? Getting dressed properly will not only make you feel better, but it will put you into that all-important “work” frame of mind.
And when it all gets too much ….
Sometimes you just need to be in an office with other people. So look for hot desking options, where you can go and work at a desk in a business centre. Portal Business Centres in Warrington and Bromborough has hot desking facilities that you can use for an hour, half day or full day. They also run their own free monthly networking events, enabling you to network with other people in similar situations.