Even though I work from home, it’s well worth making the effort to get dressed in the mornings (and not stay in pyjamas or trackies all day).
I had an unexpected Zoom (video) meeting with a planner on Monday, at fairly short notice.I was wearing my winter “work from home” uniform – nice jeans, a decent shirt and a cardigan (well, it has been cold)!I had just enough time to brush my hair and put some lipstick on (obviously this is optional, but it makes me feel more professional if I’m wearing some lippy).So I looked relatively presentable just in time for our meeting – phew!
2. Just because it is cold and wet outside, I should not stay in the house all day.
I must say I have been relishing working from home this week because the weather in Sydney has been pretty miserable – and I haven’t had to tackle the rain and a crowded bus to get to work.My “home” office has been warm, cozy and comfortable.I had a friend invite me out for a coffee on Tuesday and I almost declined because I was so happy within the four walls of my apartment, but she is a very good friend, so I made the effort.It was great to have a chat and enjoy a really good coffee, and that cleared my head and made me more productive for the rest of the afternoon.Note to self: must not turn into a hermit!
3. I need manage technology in order to be more productive, and not allow it to distract me.
I’ve made a discovery this week – I’m easily distracted by text messages, emails and Voxer messages arriving on my phone. My natural inclination is to respond immediately when someone contacts me, which means that at times I will stop what I’m doing (for example, completing modelling for a plan, or preparing for a client meeting) in order to respond straight away to a text or email.Now that I’ve become aware of this temptation, I’ve started putting my phone on silent and out of view while I work on anything that requires my full attention.Then every hour or so I check for any messages, and respond to them. I’ve noticed this is making me much more productive, and also calmer!