Working From Home Best Practices
Technology has allowed more and more people to work from home than ever before. Working from home has many benefits, but it also has it’s challenges.
Below are some tips that can help to keep you focused on your work and more productive throughout the day.
1. Set and keep regular office hours.
This is one of the most important best practices. Many people that work from home will find that they work either too many or too few hours. Many also find that they will work too few hours one day to only have to work all night the next, so that they can meet deadlines. Try to do your best to set and keep regular office hours. It’s always important to give yourself time to rest and enjoy hobbies.
2. Plan and structure your workday.
Plan your work hours for times when you are most productive. Prioritize a list of your work tasks, ordered from most important to least important tasks. Make a note of items that can wait to the following day if you run out of hours during the current work day.
3. Get dressed.
Being in pajamas all day may seem nice, but it is not the best work habit and has a tendency to make you lazy. Take the time to have breakfast, shower, etc. When you look good, you feel good, and will be more productive.
4. Have a designated work space.
It’s very important to be consistent when you work from home. Try to work in the same location, regardless of whether it is a spare room or a desk in the living room. Keep your workstation free of clutter, a place you enjoy, and surround yourself with items that make you more productive.
5. Be sure to take breaks from working.
Just like when working in an office, it is important to schedule breaks throughout the day. Always be sure to eat regularly, and take a few moments for yourself.
6. Keep distractions to a minimum.
One of the biggest challenges with working from home is avoiding distractions. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day home tasks that also need to be done. There are always errands and chores that need to be done. Remember to work during work time and save all the other things for after work hours.
If you follow all the steps above, your workday will be more productive and enjoyable.