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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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