Working from home is great, right up until your cat throws up on your laptop. And your neighbour who is building a time machine firing up all sorts of noisy machinery and power tools. The biggest plus point when you work from home is the increased flexibility. As technology brings us much closer, more companies have been adopting flexible work-from-home strategies for their employees.
There are tons of perks for employees who work from home- more adaptability in your day, cut travel costs, and no commute time. However, this luxury can often turn into a missed opportunity if you do not handle it carefully. Keeping that in mind, here we bring you some essential tips that you can easily follow to stay on track while you work from home.
Stick to a schedule
You must plan your daily start time when you log in to your laptop, just like going into an office. Getting yourself into a routine is vital to start the day. Also, it is important to schedule an end time. Know to separate your work time from personal time. Schedule walking breaks, lunch breaks, and coffee breaks throughout the day. Scheduling these in advance will help you eat lunch at a set time, and take a break, just like you would do with your coworkers.
There are more distractions in working from home than in an office setting- personal phone calls, TV, laundry, roommates, kids, and pets. They are a daunting challenge that you will have to overcome. It is important that you save your to-do lists or chores before or after your scheduled work time. Make sure your family or roommates respect your space during your work hours. Set ground rules with them with the ones in your space.
Dedicate a space for work
Be cognizant of the workspace that is suitable for you. Having one designated workspace is helpful. You will likely feel more organized, more confident, and more alert. Set yourself up with consistent workplace tools, good Wi-Fi, a spacious desk, and a supportive, comfy chair. Find a spot in your home where your focus is at its peak.
Pretend as if you are actually going to your office
You may love working in your pyjamas, but your mere act of changing clothes or the mental connection you make between an office and work makes you more productive. It keeps you pumped throughout the working hours. Pretend you are actually going to the office and get fully ready for the day; otherwise, you may find yourself back in bed.
Keep collaboration and teamwork alive in creative new ways
Yes, when you work from home, you will have to put more emphasis on teamwork and find creative ways to stay connected. Seek out presenting opportunities for the work you do. When you have meetings, try incorporating video whenever possible. Use your messaging platform to check in with your teammates. Get creative with scheduling virtual brainstorms or virtual coffee chats with your teammates to find opportunities to stay connected and collaborate.
Start your career as a freelancer or start a home business
You may go remote by starting your own business as a consultant or a freelancer if your current job isn’t remote work-friendly. The benefit is that it reduces the financial strain experienced by a new business. Also, unlike other fields, education and certifications are not usually prerequisites and you can enjoy your remote work. Instead choosing the right business, having a smart business plan, and researching is essential to the success of the business.
Try incorporating these tips and give yourself time to adjust to your work-from-home schedule. Don’t hesitate to ask for the things you need from your boss or teammates when you are transitioning to your work-from-home job. Being open-minded, proactive, and flexible can help you to set up for success at your work while you enjoy the perks of staying at home!