If you suddenly find yourself working from home, it can be a big adjustment. It can be hard to practice discipline in an environment normally designated for rest and relaxation. But not to worry, we have some great tips for you that will help you work more efficiently at home.
Carve out space
This one matters more than you might excpect. Part of the issue many remote workers face when it comes to efficiently working from home is separating work space and personal space. When youâ€™re surrounded by all the things you enjoy in your off hours (the kitchen, TV, bathroom, couch etc), itâ€™s easy to get distracted. A good way to combat this is to designate an official workspace in your home that is exclusively reserved for work. This way when youâ€™re in your workspace you know itâ€™s time to get down to it. This can be a room (if thereâ€™s one available), a nook within a room, or even just a desk or table.
Take scheduled breaks
Breaks make most workers more productive, not less. Itâ€™s important to stop and step away from what youâ€™re doing now and then so you can better focus your mind and give it a chance to rest. We recommend taking short, scheduled breaks throughout the day to recharge and refresh.
Make an agenda for the day
If you fail to plan you plan to fail. Make a work agenda for each day and stick to it. This will help you stay on task, meet your deadlines and focus.Â
Dress for the day
Another psychological one. Be sure to get up every day and dress as if youâ€™re going to work. You donâ€™t have to wear a suit, but itâ€™s important to dress in a manner youâ€™d expect a professional in your occupation to dress. By dressing for work you send a signal to yourself that itâ€™s time to work.
You wouldnâ€™t go to work indefinetly, so set working hours for yourself. When you work from home, itâ€™s easy to let the time roll by without giving it a second thought because youâ€™re already at home. Just like in an office, when 5pm rolls around you know itâ€™s time to put things down and head out for the day.
We hope you give these working from home tips a try. Let us know how you do!
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