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Healthy Habits and Routines

How to develop healthy habits and routines when working from home

  • Have a dedicated work space. You need to be able to sit comfortably – especially if you spend a lot of time working from a computer. Being able to close the door or pack away your work things at the end of the day will also help to switch off from work.
  • Prioritise exercise. You wouldn’t sit and work at your desk for hours on end if you were employed and working in an office, so why should you when you’re self-employed and working from home? Set time aside in you day to exercise and move, whether it’s a 20 minute HIT exercise, lunch time yoga class or walk to the shops.
  • Face-to-face meetings. Whether you set up meetings with clients, catch up with a fellow freelancer over coffee or find a regular networking group to go to, schedule in one or two face-to-face meetings during your working week.
  • Find your tribe. As well as meeting people face-to-face, you can also find support via online groups too. Some Facebook communities that are popular with freelancers and small business owners include the Northern Creative CollectiveFreelance Heroes, the Rollercoaster of Running an Indie Business, and Doing it for the Kids.
  • Consider co-working. You can hire a desk or space in a co-working office, work from places like Ziferblat (which charges you by the minute – with all food and drinks included in the price), or there are co-working groups like Freelance Folk.
  • Find the right work. During the early days of freelancing or running your own business, there can be a temptation to take on any work that comes your way. If you’re taking on lots of low-paid work, you’re going to add to the stress of being self-employed as you’ll have to work more and more simply to make ends meet. PR and marketing can help you promote yourself in the right way and help you attract the right sort of clients and work.
  • Allocate non-billable time. When setting rates and planning schedules, self-employed people need to remember to allocate time for non-billable work like marketing, finance and training.
  • Set yourself goals. As well as business goals, set yourself personal goals too. For example, you might want to dedicate an hour a day to exercise, personal development or hobbies.
  • Book time off. When you’re the boss and don’t have a set holiday allowance, you might fall into the trap of not taking any dedicated time off work at all. Get into the habit of regularly booking days off – whether it’s a full week or a long weekend.  

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