How to create a routine when you work from home


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Whether you only work from home a day or two a week, or like me, you’re here pretty much here 24/7, it’s so important to establish a routine. Just because you don’t have to rush out the door at 7.30am or require make-up to face the day, routine is still important. In fact, I’d say it’s even more important that you create a rigid routine when you don’t have a ‘boss’ to report to. 

Same time every day

When you don’t have to have set working hours it can be easy to fall into bad habits. One of my biggest downfalls is being sat with my laptop long into the late hours. Set an alarm each day, get up and finish work at a respectable hour and do your best to switch off. I tend to leave the door to my home office closed until I start work and I shut the door when I finish, firmly leaving my work behind it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll often return if I need to (or have an urgent project on) but I do try to follow the same routine each day. 

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Dress for the occasion

I, personally, don’t believe that working from home should mean sitting in your pyjamas all day. Despite popular belief, many of us ‘work-from-home-ers’ do actually get up each morning, shower, get dressed for the day, and treat the day as if they were at work. It also works well when unsuspecting guests rock up for a cuppa cos, you know, you work from home! 

Plan ahead

I plan my day the day before. And, I find that a weekly planner really helps me to see at a glance what I need to be doing and where I need to be (add to that list Google calendar and an old fashioned filofax). The last thing I do on a Friday afternoon before I ‘clock off’ is to write down my work schedule for the week ahead and my to-do list. 

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Head outdoors

If a client or colleague is local then I usually arrange to meet them face-to-face. Working from home can be pretty isolating if you don’t push yourself to leave the house, so it’s important you seize as many opportunities as you can. I tend to opt for independent coffee shops to conduct most of my meetings (unless I’m required to go and visit a client at their office). And, if I really need to get away and focus then I sometime pop to my local library or cafe to feel like I’m around people. 

I try and take some time outdoors each day too. Many of my phone calls will be ‘taken outside’ so I can get my daily steps in and get some fresh air at the same time. I’m a walker and talker; not very good at sitting still. 

Your space

You might not have an entire room that you can dedicate to your workspace but it is really important to carve out a little place in your home that is your very own personal place of work. I found that once I had an ‘office’ it made a huge difference to how I saw ‘working for myself’ and also it gave me a mental distinction between work me and home me. Sometimes the lines do get blurred but you’ve just got to be stricter. 

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Do you work from home? Do you have your own little routine? I’d love to know your tips for staying motivated!

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2 Comments on How to create a routine when you work from home

  1. Jenna
    26th October 2016 at 10:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Absolutely brilliant blog, Ciara! Thanks for this, very helpful and attainable! JSx

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    • Ciara Sarkar
      28th October 2016 at 2:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Glad you enjoyed it, Jenna! xx

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