20 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME
Updated: Sep 21, 2021
So if you weren’t already working from home you probably are now if you have the ability to in your career. The world is in lockdown and lets face it this isn’t going to be over anytime soon. Some people feel a little bit lost when they don’t have all the normal triggers and rituals of the workplace. They will have to work a lot harder to achieve their goals and be challenged not to waste time. It’s so easy to say ‘I’ll get to it later, I’ll just put the washing on’
So I’m here for you. With a while 30 (YES 30!!) Tips for working from home. I hope you ready!
1. Build a permeant workspace.
Preferably this will not be in your bedroom, but I know some people have no choice. This will however have a desk and a chair. Regardless of space or location, establish an area of your home where you will work, and commit to working in this space every day. Be sure your workspace is quiet so you can focus on the task at hand.
2. Invest in quality technology.
There is nothing more irritating than the internet dropping out every 10 mins. Ensure you have a webcam so you can video chat in meetings.
3. Set yourself up comfortably and ergonomically.
By alleviating back neck and shoulder pain you will eb able to work much more productively as well as reduce health issues down the track.
4. Set real work hours.
Its very easy to go one way or another. You can either work too long because you log on early or stay logged in late or you can be that person that gets distracted with a Netflix binge on a ‘long lunch’ and struggle to get back into it all day. Set your hours and stick to them.
5. Update your to do list every morning
When working from home and you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, it can be challenging to keep track of what you have to do throughout your workday. It’s easy to lose sight of priorities, tasks, and deadlines.
Start your day by reviewing priorities for the day. When you make your task list, stick to it. It’s tempting to just leap into your email, but with a little extra focus, you can move the needle while working from home.
6. Don’t work in your pjs.
We know — this is one reason why people love working from home. If you enjoy working in your PJs, then you are killing your productivity. “Dress for success” isn’t just a corporate catchphrase; it really matters when you work from home.
Beyond psychologically getting you in the right mindset for work, you’ll be ready to handle any kind of video chat or check-in with a teammate. You’ll be prepared to get work done, and you will be mentally and physically prepared for the day.
7. Take a shower as you normally would before work.
You know you feel so much better when your fresh!
8. Develop a morning routine
Another enjoyable perk of working from home is not having to get up, rush out of the house, and commute to an office.
However, working from home doesn’t mean you get to skip your morning routine altogether. Since you’ll likely be cooped up indoors, take a brief walk around the block to take in the fresh air.
9. Exercise and stretch regularly
Exercise naturally boosts endorphins, which increases happiness, enjoyment, and interest levels, all of which are important for productivity.
Regularly stretching helps you maintain great posture. At a minimum, stretch throughout the day so you don’t get sore or hinder your quality of life.
10. Eat healthy meals and snacks
research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables has a direct link on overall productivity levels
11. Set your meals times
This will keep you focused and stop you reaching for the snack and the fridge every 30 mins.
12. Take short breaks
We think that by working from home, we will be able to get more done because there will be fewer distractions. Therefore, sometimes we end up over-committing and working too much, which also kills productivity.
Although taking breaks might seem counterproductive, research has shown that taking short breaks can actually increase productivity and creativity levels.
13. Stay off social media
I think we can agree that we are all guilty of this one from time to time. Social media can be a giant time-suck if you aren’t careful. When you haven’t got people at work noticing how much time you are spending sat on your phne instead of working it can be a real struggle.
14. Listen to music or the radio
Depending on the nature of your work, it helps to turn on some background music. This helps you feel like you are in the office. Since you’re working at home, you don’t want it too loud or distracting — ensure you can quickly mute it to take a business call.
15. Step Outside
Since you’ll be cooped up indoors to work, many of us often forget that there’s an outside world out there. Open some windows to let sunlight in and take some time throughout your day to go outside
16. Use video chat
Yes, the video conference—the hallmark of remote work. Working from home can get pretty lonely, especially if you are single or live alone. Make it a point to chat with colleagues, team members, or clients each day.
17. Avoid family, friends and pets
This can be difficult, especially if you have young children at home, or have multiple pets, all of whom want your attention. It’s best to set some clear boundaries with your family while you work. It’s not being mean if it results in better performance at work.
18. Invest in a good pair of headphones
Even if you have a brand new laptop or a new smartphone, you will want to invest in a quality pair of headphones with a mic.
19. Stay vigilant with security
Just because you’re not in the office doesn’t mean you’re not a target for hackers. Your work machine is incredibly valuable for thieves and criminals, so take care to work securely
20. Enjoy the time gained back in your day
You no longer need to spend time commuting or putting make up on for work which is giving you additional time to spend with family, or to take a walk. Make the most of it!