Are you in the process of transitioning to working from home?
Or perhaps you’ve noticed your motivation and productivity levels lagging of late?
Today, Steph from Expert Home Tips is here to help fuel your fire and get you to back being as productive as possible whilst working from home.
Here are here super practical tips that you can start using from today.
8 Tips to increase productivity for work from home mums
1. Have an ‘office’ to work in
One of the main challenges that comes from working from home is the many, many distractions.
The kids, the pets, the sofa – it can be hard to focus on the task in hand whilst sat at the dining table, a place primarily reserved for socialising.
To help you ‘get in the zone’, make sure you have a special area for working.
This doesn’t have to be an ‘office’ as such, but an area you use solely for working – a desk in the corner of the kitchen, on the landing overlooking the garden, or even in the conservatory.
2. Organise your office
Having a proper place to work is all well and good, but if it’s as messy as the kid’s rooms, you’re not likely to get much done.
It’s always worth spending some time coming up with an organisational system for your office that will enable you to maximise on space and minimise on mess.
Clear desk, clear mind – and a boost in productivity as a result!
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3. Take regular breaks
Without your colleagues around you, it’s easy to get carried away with your work.
Although they may seem counterintuitive, regular breaks are extremely important when it comes to improving productivity.
Ideally, you should be getting up from your desk for five minutes every hour to walk around and give your brain and eyes a rest.
4. Plan ahead when it comes to childcare
Being a Mum on duty is a full-time job. If you want to be as productive as possible, it’s best to plan ahead when it comes to childcare.
You should never feel ashamed about asking for help – you’ll be able to focus much more when you’ve not got the kids to worry about as well as your Excel worksheet.
5. Make rules
If you don’t have childcare, or your kids are a little older, it’s important to establish rules with both your children and yourself when working from home.
The office should be a strictly no-go zone for kids – it’s important to make it your personal, private space. If they need you, knocks should be encouraged, and of course, they should be taught to disturb you as little as possible.
Not only will this enable you to be more productive, but it will teach the little ones to amuse themselves from time-to-time too.
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6. Stay in touch and have regular meetings
Just because you’re working from home, it doesn’t mean you have to feel alone.
Being part of a time can really improve productivity, and whilst you may not have your colleagues around you, you can still get that team spirit in other ways.
Schedule in regular Sykpe calls, and try and have a group chat.
They’re great for brainstorming ideas, updating one another, and keeping you in touch with the bigger picture from the privacy of your own home.
7. Leave the housework outside
Another thing that should be left strictly outside the office, is housework of any kind.
It may be tricky to go into the kitchen for a drink without noticing the spills on the worktop or the dishes that need putting away, but you must resist the urge to go into Mum-mode!
Remember, you’re at work – this means no ad hoc household chores.
Although they might not seem like a big deal, they’ll defocus and distract you away from the work you’re actually meant to be doing.
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8. Leave the work at work
It’s definitely important to leave the housework out of the office, but what’s perhaps even more essential is leaving work at work – even when work’s in your own home!
Learning to ‘switch off’ at the end of every day takes practice, but brings big rewards.
If you’re minds still on work or you keep going back to your desk intermittently at the end of the day, you won’t be able to relax properly or be as present with your children.
Learn to switch off at the end of the day, and you’ll find you feel much more refreshed when it comes to getting down to business the next day.
So there you have it!
I really hope you find these tips as useful as I have. A massive thank you to Steph for sharing them with us on Mums Make Lists.
Thank you to Steph for a super useful post.
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