How to successfully work from home: 10 tips
I started creating a serie of cheat sheets on Instagram and this was the first one. I thought I’d share it here too if you’re not following me on Instagram (why though? dalal_yagoubi) or for future reference if you come from there.
I felt the need to share more of this kind of content now that we are settled a little bit. This way we can keep each other motivated and crush the rest of the year. You can pin the cheat sheet at the end of this article, or email me for the pdf version with the subject “PRODUCTIVITY” at email@example.com.
September is the month of new plans and new energy after a relaxing and lazy summer season. Let’s do this!
Working from home is not easy!
In this era of glamourised entrepreneurship, it’s easy to get sold on the dream. But what’s rarely talked about is the level of dedication, discipline and confidence necessary to achieve this lifestyle. You only have yourself (and your bank account) to hold you accountable, no boss, no teacher or coach to tell what to do and when to do it. And while it does sound like a dream, you can find yourself overwhelmed with distractions, procrastination and self-doubt. So here are my tried tips to work from home and achieve your goals.
If you’re prone to anxiety (Vata doshas like me) or feel overwhelmed, starting your day with as little as a 5 min meditation is key. You’ll see the benefits I promise. (Read my article about meditation).
2. Dress up
Nothing fancy, you still want to be comfortable. A boyfriend jean and a tee will do. But get out of your pyjamas or lounging clothes. You will then set your mind into a productive mindset and it will know that it’s time to work.
3. Set your weekly and daily goals
Writing down your to-do list and goals. Daily and weekly. Manifesting your thoughts in writing is the best to remove anxiety and track down your work. Add the rush of pleasure that you get when you cross a task off your to-do list 😉 The best is to do it right after a journaling session in the morning.
4. Stay active
Working from home, we remove commute and a whole lot of activity in our lives. Setting up time for being active is crucial. Choose something that you love, not necessarily in the gym: swim, walk, surf, skate, practice yoga…
5. Work from cafés
…or co-working spaces where you have no distractions but your laptop to work on. I do it from time to time when I have troubles focusing, or just for a change of scenery.
6. Set office hours
One of the perks is setting your own hours. Choose the period of the day where you feel the most productive. Or refer to the Ayurveda clock (read this).
7. Set a timer
Siri is your best friend! Monitoring your working hours will motivate you and get you more organised in your day. Don’t forget to set a timer for your breaks too.
8. Take a 5min break every hour
It’s the best way to refresh your attention span. You can have a look at your Instagram feed, but set a timer for it 😉 Google the pomodoro method.
9. Find someone to hold you accountable
A partner, a fellow independent worker or a client. If you work alone, you can set a meeting schedule with someone that needs it too and compare your achievements. I do this weekly with my husband/business partner and I’m at my most productive when I have a client deadline. It works!
10. Respect your sleeping schedule
And set your self up for success the morning after. It’s tempting to work late but it’s very important for your professional and personal life and your health to set boundaries.
I hope that this article was helpful and helped get the right energy to achieve your goals. You can pin it down below or email me for the pdf version with the subject “PRODUCTIVITY” at firstname.lastname@example.org.