Blogmas Day 11: Working from home during Christmas 2020

Christmas movies play in the living room, festive tunes fill the bedrooms and where are you? Sat at your desk working. I’ve worked from home for about two years now, and I still struggle separating my personal life from my professional life, especially at Christmas! 

All I want to do is watch an endless stream of Christmas movies until I get the prompt of shame asking if I’m still watching. 

To keep the money rolling in though, I have found ways to keep myself motivated while working from home during Christmas and suggestions that you could do. 

Separate your workspace

Attempt to separate your workspace from your personal space. Not everyone has space or the money to change an entire room into an office space though. Instead, you can purchase a desk online, or browse through Facebook marketplace and create your designated work area. 

Before I moved to Leeds, I worked from home at a time when I didn’t have much space, so I had to transform the dining room table into a workspace. It was the only option. But, I made sure to have a box where I could pack up my work equipment, to provide that separation. 

Decorate your desk 

Just because you are separating your work life from your personal life, that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your desk. Bring some festive magic to your desk and put up a little tree, some tinsel and lights. 

To-do list 

I find that creating a to-list for the day helps me stay on track and keeps me focused. I know what I need to do, so that I won’t get distracted between one task and the next. 

Schedule 

Having a schedule will also ensure you don’t miss any meetings, and that you accomplish everything you need to do in the day. You should also schedule breaks. You might feel guilty about taking breaks, especially if you are working from home, but not having a break can negatively affect your motivation. 

Schedule in breaks and come back to work with a fresh perspective. 

Visual prompts 

If you are like me, visual prompts help keep me focused as well. I make sure I have my schedule and to-do list in front of me, so I know what I am doing. I also put my phone out of my line of vision, so I don’t get distracted by that. 

Festive playlist 

You don’t have to shut off Christmas entirely while you work from home. You might find that a festive playlist motivates you to work harder. Create a playlist that you enjoy, and play it while you work. 

It might be a period of trial and error to find out if this works for you. 

Communication 

If you have a hectic household, silence isn’t always easily obtained. If you can, however, communicate with your household when you need others to be quiet, as you might have to focus or you might have a meeting. 

Christmas activity 

Imagine being sat at your desk, and your mind wanderings to all the Christmas activities you feel like you are missing. I have started to plan what activities I want to do after work, as this provides me with something to look forward to while working. 

Virtual event 

If you are working from home, but are still virtually communicating with your team, you might find that morale is down. Attempt to organise a festive virtual event that everyone can enjoy. You could host a virtual ugly Christmas sweater competition, a festive quiz or even a team happy-hour, where you all talk on video chat and have a pint. Team building shouldn’t stop just because you aren’t together.

Summary 

It is okay if you haven’t settled into working from home well. For many, this might be the first year working from home at Christmas. It might not be easy to stay 100% focused or resist the calling of the candy canes in the kitchen. Find what works the best for you. I hope some of these suggestions help you. Have a lovely December. 

What are your tips for working from home during Christmas? 

This is Blogmas day 11, so if this is your first time on my site you can check out the previous days here.

15 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 11: Working from home during Christmas 2020

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  1. I love these ideas! Mostly the decorating your desk and the festive playlist. I do listen to a lot of festive songs but haven’t thought of decorating my desk. I will add it to my to-do list. Thank you for your ideas.

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  2. I love these! I actually enjoy working from home but I know it’s tough for some people. I feel more productive rather than when I’m with my coworkers, all I want to do is chat 🙂 Great tips and I feel like I do most of them!

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  3. These are all really great tips!! My other tips that I find help me are to put your phone out of site so you are less tempted to look at it until you have breaks and also to have a big 3 tasks every day and tackle those first so that no matter what you at least get your 3 most important tasks done.

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  4. A to-do list always helps me – recently I’ve found that leaving post-it notes on the wall or on my laptop helps me stay focused on the uni work that I’m meant to be doing! xx

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