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Are you new to working from home? Working from home can be great, but it can also be problematic if it is not managed well. For me, I waste a lot of time on social media! Well, what about you. Do let us know how your work from home is going? So today In this article, we are sharing five top tips, so you can maximize your day. I hope you use them to produce while working from home.
Make A Permanent Workplace For Yourself.
This is going to be really important. You need somewhere to go. So see if you can carve out some space for yourself. If you are fortunate enough to have a spare room, use that. All right?
You know, put yourself a little desk in the corner. If you don’t have a spare room, see if you can carve up some space in the not so common areas. So if you have a dining room that’s really not used, what a great place to put a little desk in the corner, or even maybe take half the table if this is a temporary thing, But it really is important. It is somewhere away from the traffic, somewhere away from distractions. So having your own special spot where you can ideally close a door or at least walk away from the room, is going to be extremely helpful. ensuring that you are extremely productive, and maximizing your time.
Invest In Technology.
If you’re going to be working from home, it really is important that you have everything you need critically at your fingertips. The last thing you want to do is be disrupting your day because you have to go elsewhere to get your things. The most important thing is Your Home internet speed. make sure you have excellent internet speed because that’s going to make a huge difference when it comes to virtual meetings, and your participation in those virtual meetings, which is the second type of software you need?. Do you have a really good virtual meeting software? There’s tons of stuff out there like zoom and Microsoft teams. That is going to be really helpful.
Organize Your Day.
what I mean by this is organize the hours within your day. Really have a clear set of your start, and end time for your day. So the reason being that is so important is, it’s really easy to allow for our day to extend into the evening, and you really want to make sure that your personal time is not impacted by working from home. there is a flip side for working from home and that means it does encroach on our personal time. And sometimes resentment can pop up. So that being said, be very clear. Is it from nine to five? Is it eight to four?
ensure that you organize your day from an hourly perspective, and try to be diligent on sticking to it.
Depending on your environment at your home, you may have a lot of distractions, or you may have a few distractions, but I can tell you for sure, one of the distractions that every single person has is social media. If we’re connected to the internet, it’s going to be really easy to slide into that stuff. So if you can, try not to check out your social media, try to make sure that those distractions are set aside for outside of business hours.
Another set of distractions that some of us may be having is our kids or family life, even our lovely pets, they come knocking on the door, demanding to go for a walk. There’s nothing wrong. Maybe set that aside with break time, where you can interact with that, but if you can, and you have the ability, close the door if someone can watch the kids while you’re working, that makes a big deal, and if that can’t happen or check if you can provide distractions for them as well. It is called life, and particularly when you are forced to work from home, then you have to balance all of that. You know there is that balancing act, and it is acceptable, but if you don’t have those distractions, then make sure that you don’t cause your own distractions.
Pretend Like You Are Physically Going To Your Work Office.
If your routine before working from home was literally getting up at a certain time, perhaps working out, having your breakfast, getting everything ready to rock and roll, still keep those hours, keep that routine. Those routines help us really get structured, and it’s a discipline that really distinguishes those who do really well working from home and those that don’t. So if you have a routine, stick with the routine, pretend as if you are going to work and if psychologically you need that, to hop in the car, drive around the block and then come back, then, by all means, do it. There’s nothing wrong with that, but just ensure that you know, like get dressed, get out of your PJ’s, be presentable.
Do you have any tips to share with us on what you do to maximize your time at your home office? We would love to hear from you. Please put it in the comments below or write to us.