Many companies have mandated or simply made it an option for employees to work from home to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Working from home might sound easy, but how do you guarantee you’ll be as successful from your own home as you would be in the office? Here are a few tips:
1. Get Dressed When You’re Starting Your Day
Staying in your pajamas all day long is one of the perks of being able to work from home. However, it’s more likely that those comfortable pajamas will inspire you to curl up for a nap than to do your work. According to Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, remote workers who get dressed before they begin working are more successful. You won’t need to worry about abiding by fashion rules from the comfort of your own home, but ditch the pajamas
2. Create a Work Space
Find a space where you are most comfortable and dedicate that area to work and work only. Use home organizing hacks to keep your space neat and tidy. A messy space will easily distract you and your coworkers if you have to do any video chats, according to Cisco, a multinational technology conglomerate.
3. Be Willing To Switch Up Your Workspace
It’s important to have a predetermined workspace before you start your day, but don’t be afraid to switch things up. According to Glassdoor, changing your work environment every once in a while can re-energize you and eliminate the chances of getting bored by looking at the same surroundings. Take advantage of warm weather and work outdoors if possible.
4. Focus And Avoid Distractions
When you’re working in an office, the only thing that’s probably on your mind is accomplishing the tasks at hand. But when you’re working from home, it’s easy to get distracted by the laundry that needs to get done or that one dish you forgot to clean. It’s important to stay focused on your work and not let at-home errands pull you away from timely assignments. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the key to successfully working from home is realizing that there will always be things that need to get done around the house, but committing yourself to be disciplined enough to avoid distractions
5. Create A Schedule
Create a schedule and stick to it. And if writing things down helps you assess what needs to get done in a day, use a timesheet template to help you stay on task. Be sure to include time for meetings, assignments, lunch and potential unplanned interruptions. According to Glassdoor, setting a schedule and sticking with it will help you create productive habits and get your work done.