For some of us working home-office is the only way to be really productive. For most of us working from home is, to put it mildly, challenging. In fact, turning your house or apartment into an office carries a lot of obstacles. The distraction is actually everywhere – family members, pets, plants, tv, or even the food in the fridge. That reality is now being forced upon many of the world’s workers in ways that were not expected or wanted.
That’s why one of the most frequently asked questions of the previous days is how to make work enjoyable and productive?
Here are some useful tips for organizing your work from home, based on the experiences of people who are experienced at remote work and to whom this situation is not extraordinary:
- Get dressed! You are probably wondering why, the hell, is this important if I work from my home? Working in your pajamas may sound great, but you will feel a little lazy and maybe too relaxed to do all the tasks that await you that day. It can also be tricky if you get down to business and start a business call … ups!
- Use the To-Do list – To stay motivated and have a clear picture of your daily to-do list, simply make that list! And of course, make an effort to fulfill it! Keep track of what has been done and then see if you can be even more productive the next day.
- Make your workspace inside your home – whether it’s the corner of your living room or bedroom, or, better yet, a separate room just for you. In any case, make every effort to personalize your workspace and make it as functional as possible for your business. A separate workspace is as healthy as keeping a regular work routine, even though you are not in the office.
- Equip your work area with the necessary technique – because technology is what makes it possible to work remotely. Also, make sure you have all the required apps. Many remote workers rely on applications that facilitate remote work such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype, etc.
- Of course, besides your computer, it is essential that you have a very stable internet connection. We don’t have to tell you what it would look like to be frozen by an urgent business call or miss the deadline for submitting your report, right?
- Do what you can to make your workplace as comfortable and functional as possible. Working an eight-hour day in a bad chair can do enormous damage to your body and your posture. Since you may not have an ergonomic desk and chair at home, plan on taking more physical breaks to get up, stretch, and move. Avoid the refrigerator. Stick to your usual coffee and lunch break, but avoid distractions. When you live where you work, it is even more important to leave your workspace sometimes during the day. A COVID-19 pandemic makes this even more difficult, but even taking a few breaks each day while walking the block can make a big difference in your attitude.
- Get yourself a headset – Headphones can be useful for many reasons. Whether your children are playing in the room, your wife is making lunch, they are all watching a great movie together while you have to work, or you just have to make a business call, your headphones will be precious!
If you are working from home for the first time and it is almost a panic, you are not alone. And as it might be hard in the beginning, you’ll soon become a home-office master!
PS: Don’t forget about all the time you save not traveling to work every day. It’s pretty great, isn’t it?