In the start-up stages of a business, it can be financially difficult to commit to paying a monthly fee for renting an office space and the next best thing may be to work from your dining table at home. Great, I hear you say – not always!
With so many distractions, how do you make sure you don’t procrastinate and achieve maximum productivity when working from home? We’ve put together some suggestions which can help you stay motivated when working from home.
Dress to impress
It would be very easy (and comfy) to slouch on the couch in your pyjamas while answering emails and completing your daily work tasks. However, if you get dressed and complete your normal morning routine as you would if you were going into the office; you’re setting the scene from the moment you wake up in the morning.
Walk to your workplace
Yes we know we sound bizarre but once you’ve got up and dressed for work take a 10-15 minute stroll around the block. Leave the home behind and return to your work place.
Create a to-do list!
Identify what needs doing on a daily basis and work towards completing everything on the list. Prioritising tasks and setting targets helps eliminate under working.
Working on your own can sometimes become quite isolated. Try and prevent this by attending local business networking events and getting involved in the local business community. There are a couple of networking groups in Leicester already such as Creative Coffee and Leicester Tech Startups.
Business meetings outside of the house
Hosting meetings away from your home allows you to get out of the house and into a different environment. Try and find a location away from your home which is convenient for you both. If you’re based in Leicester we recommend using the co-working cafe at the Innovation Centre. This is a free space available to any DMU student, graduate or ICM (Innovation Centre Member) wanting to develop their business ideas or informally meet with clients.
It is quite common for friends and family to believe that because you work from home, you are available all day and every day to complete little favours and tasks for them. Don’t be afraid to say no. At the end of the day, just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have lots of time on your hands. You wouldn’t be able to complete little favours if you were working a 9-5 job and this shouldn’t be any different.