As you know, I am a stationery fan and I love trying new ways of working and techniques. I have worked from home, regularly, since I had the children and I have been lucky enough to work for a company that were flexible for this. Since lockdown in March 2020, I have worked from home every day and I have had to find different ways of working to suit the whole family. We are all working from home!
Keep things portable
So, one of the major differences between how I work from home now and how I did before lockdown, is the obvious that the whole household is at home at the same time as me. Before lockdown I would work from whatever table / desk I wanted, and it was quiet everywhere. I keep all of my work items in a bag, this means I can work from whatever room is the best at the time. When the sun is shining, and the kids are outside all afternoon – I can work from the dining room. Otherwise I work in the conservatory or sometimes my dressing table. So, I keep all my work belongings in a bag and that means I can set up “shop” wherever I need to. It’s helped me to turn off at the end of the day too.
Make time for lists
I love the digital list site, Trello, however sometimes I simply need to write a list that I can tick off throughout my work. I have a rather beautiful Filofax, in duck egg and it’s also personalised. I love it because I can jot down my thoughts whenever they pop up. I am managing a lot of things during this lockdown, including the kiddies homeschooling, work and my blog. Keeping lists of all 3 things is helping me to not get too stressed out. Obviously having a matching rollerball pen is a winner too.
Note things down
I have a desk pad, which are basically large sticky notes and I write and jot things down as and when they crop up. For example, I might be on the phone and need to make a note of something or I am given a figure that I will need for later. Getting things off your mind, just by jotting them down, can help you to keep focussed on the next task.
I am a very creative person; I love doodling and these Pilot Frixion rollerball pens are my favourite for doing just that. Sometimes it is nice to just doodle something out, instead of mulling it over in your mind. Did you know that doodling is a great way of practising mindfulness? This helps to alleviate stress and again, helps you to focus. Whilst working from home at the moment, all the video conferences and Teams messaging, it is nice to break up the activities.
These are just a few things that I have adapted throughout lockdown whilst working from home. Do you have any working from home tips you would like to share? If so, I would love to know in the comments below or on social media.