I have been working from home since the start of the year since I started my own virtual assistant business. I have to say that there are parts of office life I miss, but overall working from home is something that works great for me and I really enjoy it. That said, it has taken some adjustment and getting used to. With so many of us now working from home for the foreseeable future, I thought I would share some of my tips with you.
Stick To A Routine
It can be tempting to really take advantage of working from home, especially if you don’t have to work set hours. Lots of people assume working from home involves long lie-ins and days off whenever I feel like it. However, the fact of the matter is, I need to work to get paid! And, if I took days off when I felt like it and didn’t meet clients’ deadlines, I’m not sure how long they would be clients for.
Yes, some flexibility is great when working from home especially in the current climate where we’re all just doing what we need to get by. However, as much as possible try and stick to your routine. Otherwise, you run the risk of work-life seeping into your evenings and weekends, where you really want to avoid this as much as possible
Create A Nice Workspace
Now that we know many of us are going to be working from home for a while, it is important that we set up a sensible workspace. I knew when I set myself up as a virtual assistant that working from the sofa or using my laptop in bed wouldn’t cut in. Instead, I have set up an area in our spare room with my laptop, a supportive chair and plenty of space – I can even shut the door to block out noise from the rest of the house if other people are home.
I know that this is a luxury not everyone has, but where possible do create yourself a workspace. I invested in some funky stationery and put photos of my loved ones on the wall next to me. After all, I spend a good few hours a day sitting at my desk, so it makes sense that it is somewhere I not only find comfortable but enjoy being at.
When you are working from home, especially during lockdown you can get into the habit of not seeing people. When we’re at work we might not realise it but we really do benefit from being sociable with people all day long – chats by the coffee machine and catchups in the life all help with our wellbeing and feeling sociable.
So, make sure you dedicate some time each week to speaking to and seeing friends and family. This can be via video call if were during a time of restricted movements, walks in the park if we’re allowed to socialise outside or even a trip out for dinner when safe to do so. You’ll be spending a much larger portion of your alone so you really will benefit from making the effort to be sociable outside of work hours.
For me, working from home is something I would love to continue to do. If you’re working from home, or likely to be in the future I hope you have found these tips helpful! Feel free to share any tips you have in the comments section.
Thanks for reading!
Debz – Get Virtual Assistance
Debz is a thirty-something virtual assistant based in Hampshire. She lives with her partner and two cats. She’s able to help businesses with all manner of admin and social media tasks.