Steer Your Business Dec 2020 - Magazine - Page 10
working from home tips
Most people thought working from home was easy —
until they tried it. Whether you’re dealing with a noisy
pet or squabbling children, sometimes you just yearn
for a quiet space.
To help you survive, here are five steps to success.
1. Home office
Using your laptop around the house, even taking it
to bed in the evening, is a really inefficient method of
working from home. Set up a desk in a spare room, or a
quiet corner, away from the television and other distractions. Make sure you have everything you need around
you by creating a micro office, complete with a wall
planner and whiteboard. With a dedicated workspace,
you can be strict about the hours you work, rather than
being constantly monitoring your inbox.
2. Tomato time
Become super disciplined with a strong routine. Working from home can often mean you end up doing
longer hours, with weekdays and weekends merging
into one long laptop marathon.
The Pomodoro technique, named after a tomatoshaped kitchen timer, is a popular time management
method. Essentially, each day is divided into 25-minute sessions, separated by short breaks. The idea is to
create short, intense bursts of productivity rather than
long, draining shifts. Why not give it a go?
We all know that sitting in front of a screen for hours
on end is not healthy, so you need to plan exercise into
your daily routine.
Trying to squeeze in a press-up or two between your
afternoon calls is pointless, your exercise regime needs
to be done before you sit down at your desk. Whether
it’s yoga or a walk to the shops, exercising first thing in
the morning will give your body the energy to power
through the day.
4. Be realistic
Setting over-ambitious goals can quickly dampen your
enthusiasm when you fail to meet them. Don’t be too
hard on yourself, just be realistic about how much work
you can achieve in a day.
Working from home is liberating and gives you the
freedom to pick the children up from school, or to do
some gardening. Set aside time to do jobs around the
house and you won’t feel guilty about ignoring the
5. Business plan
From Hadrian’s Wall to a Victoria sponge, nothing gets
completed without a plan. Create a weekly list of daily
tasks to make sure you achieve your
goals and move your business
forward. Try taking things a step
further by having a business
plan for the whole year, broken
down into four 90-day plans
which can then be broken
down into weekly targets.
To help your working from home
regime, you can download a FREE
work planner which incorporates the
Pomodoro technique, from