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How to stay motivated when working from home

1 April 2019

Professional Paraplanner spoke to Kathleen, a paraplanner who works from home, about her top tips for staying motivated away from the office environment. 

The number of people choosing to work from home is on the rise, with both employers and employees recognising the benefits of doing so.

It is estimated that around 1.5 million people in the UK use their home as their office, with that figure jumping to as many as 4.2 million for those who work partially from home. But while the advantages, from increased flexibility to cost and time savings on the daily commute, are well known, those who choose to work remotely have to ensure they remain focused and motivated.

According to Kathleen, taking regular breaks is crucial to remain motivated and fresh on a daily basis.

She says: “When I first started working from home, I was obsessed with productivity and rarely took a break. Regular breaks help refresh and refocus me.”

Even just taking 15-20 minutes away from your workload is proven to help concentration and energy levels throughout the day. Kathleen says aids like a fitness watch can help people working from home, as it periodically reminds wearers to move.

For Kathleen, staying in regular contact with colleagues over the phone is also a great way to keep motivated and engaged.

She explains: “Of course, we have an instant messaging system too but I think a quick personal catch up before discussing the finer points of a case or technical issue helps forge a bond that might otherwise be overlooked when not in an office team setting.”

Lastly, Kathleen recommends using social media as a means of keeping abreast of the latest debates, issues, services and product offerings affecting the advice and wider financial services industry. With sites like Twitter making it very easy to dip in and out, paraplanners working remotely can see what the current trends are.

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