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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Make Working From Home Less Stressful



How do you making working from home a success? It is all about making your home work for you, and here’s how…

Make sure you have a separate place to work – A lot of people think that the main benefit of working from home is that they can work from their bed or the sofa. While this may be the case, it is not advised. If you work from bed, you are more likely to fall asleep than complete your tasks. If you work from the sofa, you will end up watching television. Although your home is now your place of work, you need to do everything in your power to make sure the lines between home life and work life do not get blurred. This is why having a separate work area, i.e. an office, is a necessity. If you don’t have a spare room in your house, why not look into a garden office?

Get rid of clutter – Clutter is bad news because it stops you from thinking clearly, and it causes irritation and stress. Keeping your house in good condition is important because it enables you to focus on your work, rather than worrying about when you are going to be able to clean and organise your home.

Consider colours with care – Another thing you will soon learn when working from home is how your environment affects your ability to think and be productive. This does not only relate to clutter, but it relates to the way in which your office is decorated. The colours you choose will have a big impact on how you feel. It is a good idea to go for something neutral that allows your mind to be free and clear. Blue has always been a good choice for a professional environment. Nevertheless, if you have a creative job, a colour like yellow can be helpful.

Invest in ergonomic furniture – Last but not least, ergonomic furniture is a necessity. This is furniture that has been especially designed to ensure that you maintain the correct posture throughout the day. Bench desks and chairs have been designed while considering the interaction with you – the user. This ensures you can work productively and that your health and well being are cared for.

It is of little surprise that so many people are making the move to working from home today. However, while there are many benefits associated with working from home, there are also a number of unique challenges too. Motivation can be a real problem for a lot of people, and finding a good work/home balance becomes a challenge too, as your place of work and your home are now the same. So these were some useful tips on making your home work for you. If you follow the advice that has been provided, you can create an environment that helps you to work effectively and distinguish your work life from your home life effectively.