Would you like to know how to work from home, if it’s all new to you? Many people are decided to work from home (all or part of the time), and have now wish to go back to previous stressful commutes, after COVID lockdowns end. Government has wanted that to happen, to pay for the huge rents from building owners and chain stores. But it’s your life, and you have to do what’s best for you and yours. Newspapers want people to go back to commuting, otherwise people don’t buy their papers, preferring to have a little coffee break in the garden.
Working from home is a much better idea, if you have the good home life to do it. You can set your own hours, invest in a comfortable desk and chair, take dog walks and coffee breaks, and ‘get back home’ in time to read a bedtime story. Local shops also benefit from more custom.
- Set aside a room or part of a room, and make it yours (with safe electrics, you could use a shed or garage, with good light). People who live in tiny or noisy spaces may prefer to rent a local coworking space, where people share desks with others – no contract and much cheaper than leasing an office). Make the space yours with decor that inspires (extroverts may like to add background noise of coffee shop chatter).
- If you live with pets, keep toxic plants away (including lilies & sago palm) away (just brushing a tail can harm). Cats like to sit on desks and dogs sleep by your feet). If you work by a window, Flap Cats & Cataire are designed to keep cats safe above ground floor.
- Use a real radiator or oil-fired radiator. Fan heaters just blow hot air around, which can be unsafe for pets and children.
- Don’t burn essential oils near pets or children (or if pregnant/breastfeeding). For a ‘clear head’, just take a walk.
- Use green pens & recycled paper. And simplify your computer to get rid of online ads and slow browsers.
- Stock your kitchen up with a pretty mug, and a few nibbles. Get a copy of Byline Times, to know what’s going on in the world on your break (without giving yourself a breakdown).
Tips on Working from Home
- Take frequent breaks. A little garden walk is good (drink a glass of water). If you don’t rest, you won’t work well or faster.
- Change your ringtone to something more relaxing. And switch off at end of work (unless you are on emergency call). Avoid noisy fax machines, if possible.
- If you are a crafter, store pins & needles somewhere safe, to avoid them being trodden on by pets or children.
- Invest in a comfy chair, and keep desk at right height.
- Have start & finish times, and sign off (unless it can’t wait).
- Set ground rules. Walking your dog or feeding your children is ‘your time’. But sometimes people assume ‘working for home’ means you’re always up for a chat or to go. If you have to work, let people know.
- Read The New Corner Office by a US home-worker who runs a successful business, while raising 5 children. Detach from old working ways, and adopt new habits to match your environment. Manage by task (not time) and nurture connections.
- Working from Home with a Cat is an illustrated guide by artist Heidi Moreno, who shares a day with her cat (who wakes her up, walks over paintings, hogs her hair and disrupts her yoga routine). Yet despite struggles to get work done, Peanut is always by her side, when she needs a cat to be a sort of comfort and calm.