So it’s Lockdown 2.0, and many people are now working from home. It can be a tricky adjustment, especially when it comes to motivation and productivity. But, for some of us, it’s old hat. Freelancers tend to work wherever – on a trains, in bed, in a home office, whilst cooking – you name it, we do it!
Take a look at some handy tips I’ve learnt from many, many years of fighting distractions and staying focussed during the working day.
Work in Beauty
She works in beauty, like the night. (Sorry, Byron!)
Whatever beauty means to you, try to create a working space that makes you happy. This might mean surrounding yourself with bunches of flowers, artwork or pretty trinkets. It might mean having a clear and clean working space. Whatever gives you that fuzzy feeling in your heart – line your working space with it. You want to turn your head away from your laptop, see something that brings you joy, and turn back to work with just a tad more enthusiasm. That’s the aim!
Play those tunes
If music be the food of love, play on…
Did you know that music has been proven to activate the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain, triggering the reward response? Music heightens your mood in the same way that addictive substances, sex and food does! When you’re working from home you can blast out your tunes from 9 ‘til 5! It’ll keep you happy, and you can sing along at the top of your lungs should the mood take you!
Get ready for a working day
The beginning is the most important part of work… (Plato)
What would you do before going into work? Shower, dress, brush your teeth and hair? Do all these things before you start work for the day at home. Your brain will have made associations with these actions indicating productivity. It’s such a temptation to spend your working day in your pjs- but fight the urge. Your body and brain take pyjamas as a sign to relax and sleep – not what you need for a productive day!
Allocate a space
Space…the final frontier…
Not that kind of space!
You want to work from bed? I get it, it’s super appealing during these cold, grimy months. But don’t. Much like the pjs, your mind thinks ‘oooh bed time to relax and go to sleep’ which will only hinder your progress. Not to mention – work can sometimes be stressful, and the last thing you need is your precious place of sleep reminding you of work irritations and stresses.
Drink… a lot
But not that kind of drinking…
Stay hydrated. A hydrated mind is a focussed mind. You want to consume your daily recommended intake of liquid throughout the day. It’s also a reason to get up, have a little walk and move about – really important to save your back from hours of typing! Tea, water, squash, sodas – keep a plentiful supply of fluids in the kitchen. Stay hydrated, stay active and stay focussed.