The past couple of years have seen more and more of us start working from home. It’s been over a year now since I came home for the last time! The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has seen the majority of governments around the world advise their residents to stay home and only leave if absolutely necessary. Many of us have grown used to waving goodbye to the morning commute and office lifestyle and have found ourselves working from our own four walls. Of course, this has its perks. You don’t have to spend money or time commuting. You get to make your own cooked lunches. You can wear more comfortable clothing.
However, as time goes on, more and more employers are deciding that working from home works for their companies and this change is becoming permanent. If you’ve found yourself in this position, it’s time to start taking working from home seriously. Here are some steps that can help you to remain productive and get the most from the remote working lifestyle.
An extremely important thing when working from home is to make sure that you have some sort of structure or routine to your life. You need to make sure that you are still productive and hitting your targets and goals. Of course, this is easier said than done. When working from home, you may find that you have more distractions more easily at hand. If you’re struggling to keep on track, the following steps can help:
- Get up, showered and dressed before working. Don’t roll out of bed straight onto your laptop (or even worse, work from bed)
- Make sure that you eat breakfast before you start work for the day
- Turn the TV, radio and other noise distractions off
- Let others in your household know that you need to be left to work during your working hours
Create a Home Office
Having a set place to work from is extremely important too. If possible, set yourself up some sort of home office. You should have a desk, set of drawers and small extras, such as pencil holders or a filing cabinet. Remember that home offices are in demand right now, so shop around for the best price possible.
Ask If You Need Help
When you work from home, it can be more difficult to reach out to other members of your team. Remember that your employer or manager won’t know if you’re struggling unless you highlight this to them. If you do need help with anything, simply ask. It’s highly likely that your employer or manager will be able to help. Whether you’re unsure about your KPIs, don’t know how to use certain software or anything else.
Mix it up
There are lots of business networking groups that hold meet-ups in communal places with wifi and this can create that busy bee atmosphere that might keep you motivated if you’re missing that sense of office comradery. Even if its just once a month.
Sure, some people may be returning to the office. But for those of us who are looking at working from home for a little longer, or for the foreseeable future, the above advice could come in really useful!