Though many people begin working from home specifically because they want to set their own schedule, it’s too easy to let this freedom get the best of you. There is nothing wrong with starting your workday at a different time or scheduling occasional daytime appointments, but you shouldn’t be so lax with your schedule that you are no longer able to get your work done or communicate with your coworkers in real time.
If your workplace has been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be adjusting to working from home for the first time. This transition can be challenging, but with the right habits you can be just as effective at home as you were in the office. If you are looking for ways to stay productive when working from home, these four steps will have you making the most of working from home in no time.
Keeping a schedule is an important part of staying focused and on-task throughout the day. When you work from home it can be tempting to hit the snooze button one too many times or skip lunch, but losing track of your schedule will make it harder to get your work done on time. Whether you use a to-do list, a stopwatch, or a scheduling app to follow your agenda, here are three important aspects of establishing a good routine to help you stay productive throughout your day.
Working from home gives you the opportunity to create a workspace that is more comfortable than your office, but don’t let yourself get carried away—you won’t be productive working from the couch. It is important to establish a workspace that allows you to be efficient and undistracted, without too many interruptions. To make sure you have the best possible home office, here are some simple tips for establishing an effective workspace.
When you aren’t in the same room as your coworkers, you can’t just catch their attention as they walk by your desk. If you need to have a conversation with a teammate, you have to make a real effort to reach out to them. For both your own workflow and for team cohesion, it is important that you develop strong communication skills when working remotely.
Beginning to work from home is a significant lifestyle change that will interrupt your old routine. You save time by not commuting, but you can no longer stop at the gym or the grocery store on the way home, and you are no longer spending any time face-to-face with your coworkers. It is important that you find ways to ensure you don’t go stir-crazy while stuck in your own house all day.
Working from home presents unique challenges, but with the right habits you can be just as productive at home as you are in an office. With these tips you will be well on your way to a successful remote career, whether you are interviewing for a new gig or learning new skills that let you work from home.
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