If you’ve been wondering how it’s possible to work from home, but didn’t know where to start, this article can help. Here are five tips to help set yourself up for success when working from home.
1. Set up your workspace and environment
You might be used to sitting on your sofa with your laptop on occasion but this isn’t really a good place to have an effective work day. Set yourself a designated space which is free (or as free as can be) of distractions. This could be a spare bedroom or a part of your kitchen or lounge where you can set yourself up a dedicated workspace where you can commit to working every day.
If you can, get yourself a desk and a comfortable desk chair to make sure you aren’t causing yourself back problems further down the road.
2. Dress for work not leisure
It may be a novelty sitting at home in your pyjamas all day but this doesn’t get you in the right work mindset. Treat each day as if you were going to the office. Get showered, dressed and ready to start your day as you would normally.
Changing into your “work clothes” helps your brain to make that distinction between “work” and “home”.
3. Organise your day
Seeing as you are “at work”, try to plan out your day and keep regular work hours and, importantly, stick to the schedule. It’s all too easy to get distracted by other things going on in your household, especially if you have a family who are vying for a piece of your attention.
Make sure that others in your household know that you at work during certain hours of the day and that they should leave you alone where possible.
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4. Stay in contact
In short, pick up the phone.
Modern communications gives us a myriad of tools to communicate with colleagues via email and text message apps such as WhatsApp. But, make time to actually speak to people on the phone. Talking to people helps with the feelings of isolation caused by working from home and can actually give you a more positive attitude.
Video calls, both one to one and group calls, can help even further by both helping you communicate with your colleagues and provide that all important bit of human contact during your day.
5. Take a break
Just as you would if you were working at the office, take regular breaks. This could be as simple as taking 5 minutes to get a cup of tea every now and again or just to get up away from your desk and take a walk around.
As in the office, no one sits motionless at their desk from 9 to 5 so you don’t need to do that at home either.
Working from home can be straightforward once you get into the swing of it and have planned out how you are going to go about it.
- Set yourself up an effective workplace
- Dress for work as you would usually do
- Plan out your day
- Communicate with your colleagues, especially over the phone.
- Take regular breaks. You’re not a workhorse after all.