Working from home is becoming more and more common nowadays. Many even believe that you can get more out of your day working from home. Many organizations are normalizing working from home to save office space. Many organizations now feel that if they allow their employees to work from home, they may be more productive. Many people yet take up freelancing as their professions, to be working from home.
When working in an office environment, employees get introduced to the office culture. They get to interact with their colleagues while their superiors keep on monitoring them to keep them on track. Office culture also makes a person institutionalized and belonging to an organization. But working from home can people feel isolated and can slack off from meeting the deadlines. The perks that come with working from home often outweigh the advantages of working from an office.
So the following are the guidelines to show you how you can get more out of your day working from home:
1. Specific Work Space
Even if you are working at home, does not mean you should just start working anywhere and everywhere. If you have a specific work space at home then your brain will adjust to being more productive at your designated area. Also, you will be more focused and concentrated if you have a specific work space; as you will not be working in a real office but at least you can pretend to. You can even decorate your work space like you would do at the office with all the necessary stationery and working tools.
2. Start Your Day Early
Start your day very early when it is still not loud and noisy, this way you can work in peace and if you set a specific goal for a certain time, you may as well be free for the rest of the day. Also starting your day early will give a head-start for your work, as your mind will be refreshed so you can get done more. Another benefit that comes with it is you can avoid the hassle of facing the peak hour traffic while traveling to the office.
3. Keep Your Kids Busy
Now, if you want to make that early start, chances are your kids aren’t in school yet. If you have kids, you should keep them busy in a responsible manner. Having a tablet is fine, especially if you have them playing with learning apps for tablets so they don’t only play games on them. You can even limit the time they can spend with games as opposed to learning apps to make sure they can take away some educational value while you make your early start.
As a stay-at-home working mom myself, I know it can be tough to find those moments for yourself where you can really concentrate on some hard work, like writing a blog post in my case.
4. Take Occasional Breaks
A major problem that people working from home face is that the work gets monotonous and they get frustrated since they are often found working at a stretch. So you should take occasional breaks. The breaks can be in forms of short snack breaks; set a particular time by which you will get a certain amount of your work done if it helps set a timer then take a break to have some snacks. Or you can make the snacks to get your mind into something. You can even do your house chores during the break and run other house errands such as grocery shopping, etc.
5. Go Out and Take a Proper Break
Working at home does not mean you have to work all day at home. Do not stay home all the time and take a break. Go out and interact with people, this will help you to cope with the isolation which you feel while working home without any communication from co-workers. You can hang-out with your friends and also spend time with your family as a form of break to get yourself rejuvenated for the impending work ahead. You may also take your work along with you to cafes or restaurants which have wireless internet connection since most of your work would be computer and internet based. This way it will give you a change of work environment and boost your work productivity.
6. Keep Yourself Away From Social Media
Working at home does not mean to shut yourself off from social media but social media has a strong attractive power. Without even noticing you might be spending hours after hours on social media since there would not any superior or managers who will be overlooking your work. The superiors are ones who would have monitored your work, so when you take a break from work, the impulse to visit social media is quite hard to resist. And without your knowledge, you would be over utilizing your break time as the social media getaway makes it hard to realize the real time. That is why removing social media from toolbars can be a very good idea.
7. Working in Your Bed
Never start working right after you wake up in your bed, then that cuts down your productivity. Since it is more likely for you to slack off and get lazy if you start working straight away after waking up. So get up, freshen up and have a proper meal to energize you then start working.
8. Tune in Your Favorite Music
Music has the capability to pump you up for work. Find your perfect genre of music which uplifts your mood and can enhance your productivity. Have the music playing in the background but be very sure that it does not distract, some people enjoy working while listening to music whereas there are people who get agitated and disturbed with music playing.
9. Find Your Productive Time
You can figure out most productive time of the day and synchronize your work. Try working at different times and check during which hours you can focus best and get most work done. Some people are early birds who like waking up in the morning to work and actually get work done. There are also people who are night owls and like working during the late night hours, as they think they are most productive then.
10. Plan Ahead
Always plan ahead of time what amount of work you want to get done considering deadlines since you are the one who is in charge of the ship. This will also give you spare time to spend quality time with yourself and friends and family.
To conclude, you must make sure that you have a clear understanding with your family members so that they don’t disturb you during your working hours at home. You should act professional and not let your personal matters cross paths with your work. Since you are willingly choosing to work from, you should try to make the most out of it. And you should generate a greater result in order to compensate for what you might be missing out from working in an office.
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