5 little tweaks to improve working from home

Posted on: Sep 20, 2017

So, after several years, it’s finally happened. I just don’t feel the same way that I used to. The excitement has faded, the sheen has worn off…

I’ve fallen out of love with working from home.

Those of you facing grueling commutes and overly air-conditioned offices will hate me for saying this, but it’s true. Lately, I’ve been a lot more aware of the downsides of living and working in the same place:  the isolation, the lack of boundaries, the sheer boredom of being in the house night and day.

However, I know how lucky I am to be able to work from home - I just need to find a way to get the magic back. 

I’ve started by making a few tweaks to my routine, environment and attitude. I’m sure they will also benefit anyone who regularly or occasionally works from home, so here they are:


canal side walkFresh Air Is Your Friend

I have the office window open as much as the weather and my cat (who’s not allowed outside but of course would jump out of a second-story window given half the chance) permits. I’ve also started going for a canal-side stroll every morning, flask of hot tea in hand. This helps create a boundary between home and work, as well as getting a few lungful’s of the good stuff.

 

 

desk with plant and catBrighten Your Environment

I recommend having some house plants around – green is good for the soul! Display things around your working space that inspire you. Simple tweaks around the rest of the house can work wonders too – we planted a hanging basket right outside the kitchen window, and the bright flowers have improved my view when waiting for the kettle to boil.

 

 

Anti-laziness regimeMove More!

I had a shock at the Chiropractor's: not because of the bone-cracking adjustments, but because when she asked what exercise I did, I was forced to answer ‘not a lot, actually’. My weekly swims were on a 9-month hiatus due to renovations, and doing the odd bit of walking does not an active person make. So I created the Anti-Laziness Regime (yoga, walking, cycling and swimming) to help counteract 7 hours of sitting at a desk every day!

 

massive bag of peanutsSnack Swap

This is the hardest thing about working from home – not turning into a snack-snaffling human Hoover. The accessibility of food is a problem, as is the proximity of shops. So far I’ve made an effort to cut down on sugar during the working day, and replace it with healthier options, but it’s such a hard habit to break! Must try harder…

 

 

red telephonePick Up the Phone

I am a little bit phone-phobic and tend to associate phone calls with bad news – but the funny thing is, I’m absolutely fine with Skype and use that all the time! Picking up the phone once in a while is a good way to feel more connected to clients and colleagues, instead of an over-reliance on emails.

 

 

I’m hoping that by implementing these little tweaks, I’ll start enjoying working from home again. In the meantime, I’m also keeping an ear out for opportunities to work in-house somewhere once a week, to broaden my horizons and get my office banter fix!


Have you found working from home harder than you thought it would be? What are your coping mechanisms? Let me know!

Read my other blogs about working from home here

 

 


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