Working from home seems like a dream!
No commute, fewer expenses, more time to be productive and lunch is in the fridge whenever you want it!
But is it everything it’s cracked up to be?
Is working from home REALLY as good as what people say?
Are you REALLY more productive?
I work from home.
Have done, for several years now – before it was trendy!
I live and work from my home office on the farm in the Riverina of NSW.
It has its pros and cons, but here are 3 things I think everyone needs to know when working from home:
- TIDY DESK, TIDY MIND!
There’s no shared desk space, or communal desk areas, there’s no “boss” looking over your shoulder, so there’s a tendency to have a desk full of sticky notes, empty (or half full – let’s be honest – water bottles), perhaps an apple core and paper – lots of paper.
But an untidy desk can lead to an untidy day or an untidy mind!
Whenever I’m feeling like I just “can’t”, I stop and I look around at my environment and start tidying because all those things above, that’s my desk sometimes.
The feeling of sorted paperwork, an empty rubbish bin and a full bottle of H2O can kick my work butt back into gear.
No one but you might see your desk, but trust me, its state is having an impact on your productivity!
- WEAR SHOES
No, I’m not kidding!
I find that if I wear shoes, I’m more productive (with everything – not just work!).
No matter what I’m wearing, I put on shoes.
It’s the productivity hack that could change your life.
People say that you should dress like you are going to work outside the home office. Personally, I find that no matter what I wear – it’s all about the shoes.
p.s. Slippers and UGGs don’t count!
- INVEST IN TECH
If you work for yourself, whether you’re new at this small business owner thing or have been in the gig for a while, investing in tech is crucial to your success and sanity.
Here’s where I suggest you invest some money in tech:
- A great, fast, new laptop. Nothing will drive you up the wall more, than waiting. Waiting for the computer to load, waiting for apps to open, waiting for a document to open – these things we expect instantly! So to save your own sanity, invest in a good, fast laptop.
- Invest in an additional screen (or two). OMGoodness, I can’t say how much I LOVE having two screens. I actually want a 3rd, but that might mean even more taps open! Not only is having a second (bigger) screen great for failing eyesight (😉) but it also makes you more efficient at your work, not having to go between screens.
- Invest in a paid version of Zoom (or whatever your preference is). Having the free version is great – but I’m pretty sure we are business owners and having to tell a client, sorry, I only get 40 minutes for free, ummm, isn’t a good look for your professional brand. The $20US (approx.) a month will be a great investment, trust me.
- If you have clients that you see (either in real life or over zoom), invest in an online calendar – I use Calendly, but there are loads out there. To be able to send a link to a client to book in a time without 27 back and forth emails – so much more efficient. Worth in investment 100%.
Oh, and as a “paper and pen” girl, I resisted having an online diary for TOO long – diaries are so pretty after all. But in 2020 I embraced the digital diary and it’s been SO good I no longer have to wait til I get home to make an appointment or carry around my pretty diary – it’s on my phone and I’m sorry I waited so long! ☹
There are a million tips for working from home, these are just 3 perhaps less told ones.
The one thing to remember when working from home is that you are at work. So, treat yourself like you are working and keep focused on the tasks ahead for the day.
And as you most likely work for yourself, by yourself, embrace any online or offline networking that you can fit in. It’s important to expand your network of colleagues, just like you would if you went into the office each day.
Enjoy. Working from home allows us lifestyle, income and freedom and I, for one, feel lucky that it’s what I get to do each day.
Jenn Donovan of Social Media & Marketing Australia. Jenn’s a coach and mentor from rural NSW and is all about empowering business owners to earn what they’re worth so they can make a bigger difference in the world. The Founder of Buy From a Bush Business, Co-Founder of Spend With Us – Buy From a Bush Business Marketplace and host of the very popular podcast Small Business Made Simple, Jenn is all about community and humans interacting with humans! H2H Marketing – human to human marketing. Jenn talks the talk but importantly walks the walk!