Attempts to stop the spread of coronavirus have made working from home the new normal.
But for lots of us, working from home is old hat.
Business owners, freelancers, and others who don’t need to put up with a commute to get sh*t done have made spaces in their homes just for work, whether that’s a corner in their bedroom, a cushioned tray for their laptop, or a full-on home office in a spare room.
To give us WFH newbies some workspace inspiration, we’re launching a new mini series called Where I Work.
We’ll be chatting to people about how they’ve set up their home office space and what a day in their work looks like.
First up we have Samantha Baines, 32, a comedian, author of Harriet Versus The Galaxy, and actress from Kent.
Hey, Samantha! Talk us through your home office setup.
I own my house and have a lodger too. I have always worked from home a lot but corovirus means that I’ll be purely working from home for the foreseeable future.
I have a laptop, printer, some faux flowers so I don’t have to keep them alive! A ‘YES’ artwork to keep me motivated.
My books on a shelf to show myself that I’ve done it before so I can do it again, as well as other awesome books I love.
I also have knitting at my desk and sometimes I need to think of funnies and it helps to be doing something with my hands.
I also have a basket of magazines and cut our pictures as when I get bored of writing I do some collaging to relax and stimulate ideas!
What does a typical day working at home look like?
I get up at 10am (yep, that’s one of the perks of working from home), make a cuppa and start on emails and a to-do list.
I take my lunch hour at 1.30pm or 2pm, then 2.30pm/3pm is book writing for as long as inspiration sticks around.
During this time I’ll knit and collage if I get stuck. Sometimes I work very late and on hard days I give up early because I don’t have to report to anyone.
Do you have any work from home rules you follow?
I try to get dressed rather than spending all day in my pjs, although slippers are a must!
I work in a dedicated office room with no TV but there is a window to have a little gaze out of.
Staying focused is hard, I mean I’ve just painted my kitchen wall to avoid writing the next chapter of my book but setting goals for the day helps and lots of tea!
Any advice for people new to working from home?
Sometimes it can get very lonely so make sure you call friends and other people in the same boat just to have a natter and a break.
I always take a proper lunch break and during lunch I try to watch a programme that I won’t get hooked on so I can go back to work afterward!