5 Tips to Successfully Work at Home
While it seems as though working at home is the norm these days, many companies are beginning to question whether or not this should be a long-term solution.
As such, here are 5 tips that will help you successfully work at home and avoid getting distracted.
Structure Your Work Day at Home
Working from home is a great way to increase productivity and free up more time. However, if you are going to be working every day, it’s important that you set routines for yourself in order stay organised and productive.
Just like when we work in an office setting where our routine was structured by the hours of operation (e.g., 8am-5pm), do the same thing with your daily schedule.
Create deadlines for each task so there’s direction throughout the day.
Make sure lunchtime is included as well as periodic breaks which will allow you to power through long days in short stints.
Stick diligently to this structure every day without fail!
Separate Work from Home
To avoid the distraction of home life, you need to create boundaries.
One way is by setting a schedule for when your work hours are and then sticking to them.
Find yourself an office space outside or in your house where you can disconnect completely from any distractions as well.
To be able to get back into working mode after some down-time at home, keep all necessary supplies close by so there’s no excuse not to go right back into what needs to be done!
Get Outside and Co-working Spaces
You don’t have to work in an office for a traditional 9-5 job! On days where you feel stir-crazy or unmotivated working from home, switch venues and get out of the house.
There are also co-working spaces and meeting places such as those offered by MuliCo that allow members to enjoy a change of scenery and escape the grind of working from home.
Venturing out can not only prevent unproductive days but also help regain your focus while experiencing something new at another location, whether it be just an hour or so away from home or even farther if travelling is easier than changing up scenery right there by yourself.
Stay Connected – Smell the Coffee
The isolation and loneliness of working at home is a major drawback to many people.
Meet with your clients outside your workspace, schedule coffee meetings for lunch time or early in the morning – anything that will get you out into society more regularly!
Even going as far as heading over to a local coffee shop like CSHH Coffee Bar for a cold Brew can help keep those feelings of disconnection from creeping up on you while also providing access for creativity (with free WiFi!).
Working from home will usually provide more opportunities for distraction than being in an office. From kids to phone calls, your day can get interrupted much more often that you’d like.
It should be easy enough to recognise the distraction and take time out of your schedule so you can regroup yourself and focus on what needs to be done at work without any interruptions or wasted minutes here or there due to a little hiccup with life outside of work.
Going back-and-forth between our lives as mothers/fathers and the responsibilities we must fulfill at work is exhausting. It’s also hard not having a good quality live/work balance.
Do everything possible when working remotely (especially if children and pets are involved) by taking care of business.
It can be difficult to stay productive and successful while working at home. The key is to plan your day before hand, so you know what needs to get done by when.
You’ll also want to separate work from personal time as much as possible and find ways of getting out of the house every few hours or so for some fresh air and social interaction with other people – it will not only make you feel better but help keep your mind focused on what matters most.
And don’t forget about staying connected! Make sure that your phone/computer has internet access wherever you go in order to remain constantly aware of new projects, requests from clients, emails etc.
With these 5 tips, you can successfully work from home. If there are any challenges that we didn’t cover in the blog post, please comment below or contact us here and we will get back to you soon!
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5 Tips to Successfully Work at Home