C&G’s Guide to Working From Home

Whether your workplace has adopted flexible working conditions or you’re the boss of your own gig, working from home can be an unexpected challenge. In today’s blog, C&G explain how to make your home a place for work to thrive, and offer some suggestions if something’s still not clicking. 

Working from home is a dream of many, but those lucky enough to live it are often surprised by the reality. Distractions, clutter and non-work related responsibilities can often affect your productivity, and many struggle to separate their home life from their work life. Here’s how to work from home like a pro.

If you’ve got an office…

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom or designated office space in your home, you’re one step closer to succeeding at home-working. The ability to section off a space that’s solely for work will help with mental clarity and obtaining focus. Put some effort into making your office area one you enjoy being in. Do your research and get inspiration from workspaces that get your motivation muscles flexing. Whether you love beautiful desk accessories and wall art or you’re all about minimal, monochrome designs, creating an aesthetic that you like will make your office a happy place to be. Once you’ve got your space sorted, think about how to get in the working mindset. Some people find value in leaving the house and walking back in to mimic the idea of ‘going to work’, while others benefit from a morning workout or meditation.

If you haven’t got an office...

If you don’t have a spare room available, you’ve got a little more work to do. Find an area of your existing space (perhaps a corner of your bedroom or a nook in your hallway or lounge room) that you can dedicate to work. While it’s tempting to work from the couch or your bed on chilly mornings, reserve these relaxed conditions for a special treat. If you retreat to the couch on a Friday afternoon or stay in bed a little longer answering emails once a week, that’s fine. But for the most-part, try to sit at your designated work area. Despite your spatial challenges, there are small desks and laptop tables on the market. You can even get creative with fold-down tables that can be hidden when you want to kick back and relax without a constant reminder of work.

If you need a reprieve…

Even the best work-from-homers need a change of scenery. Local coworking spaces can provide welcome structure and interaction from other solo workers, and while you may not want to travel to one every day, booking in once a week or a few days a month could give you that burst of motivation you need. Elsternwick’s The Workery, South Melbourne’s The Commons, Bayside Hub and Cheltenham’s CoLAB Space all offer stimulating workspaces to help you stay on track.


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