Tips For Working From Home
While working from home may seem like the dream to many it is not always plain sailing and can present itself with a few bumps along the way, much like any job. If you want to get the most out of working from home and navigate calmer seas here are some tips for working from home below.
A Few Of The Basics
To start with there are a few simple but must follow rules that will make all the difference to your work-from-home-life.
- Set up an office space
It’s a simple fix but an important one. When you go into work you have your own space that is set up for work. Working from home should be no different. Get yourself in the right headspace by being in the right physical space.
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- Good Wifi and a fast connection
The last thing you need is your internet connection slowing you down or making virtual calls and meetings hard work. Ensure you have the best connection available for your area. If you are not sure of the capabilities of your bandwidth then you can test it out online.
- Get dressed and set yourself working hours
You don’t do to work in your pajamas and without brushing your teeth so make working from home no exception. Make the effort to get washed and dressed before you start for the day, even if it is into loungewear. Also, set yourself working hours you need to stick to, and don’t forget to factor in lunch and regular breaks. Try to avoid your working from home life taking over your actual home life. This will help to keep your work-life balance and working mental health intact.
- IT security
If you are switching to working from home you will need to ensure your home computer, cloud system or internet services are secure from cybercrime and hackers, especially if you are handling sensitive information. Look to companies such as Securelogic Solutions to determine the help you need.
- Minimize distractions
An obvious but essential one. Working by the pile of laundry will only make you want to do it. Background noise, a busy household, or your smartphone can all serve to distract you from the task at hand. Do what you need to to keep distractions to a minimum.
Communication is key
When it comes to working from home it often gives rise to a common misconception. People tend to adopt the view that because you are working from home you can dictate your own schedule. You can take a break when you want, go for lunch or to a gym class.
Some people may even deem it appropriate to stop by for a coffee and chat. While this is a luxury that, on occasion, working from home may provide it is not always the case. After all, they wouldn’t swing by your office and ask you to make them a coffee and start filling you in on the latest gossip.
It may even be that the people in your home with you are the culprits. Whoever it may be, to avoid this from happening make the effort to communicate your working day with others. Let them know politely that you are not just ideally sitting in front of a computer.
Make them aware that you may have meetings, deadlines, or tasks to complete. You may be at home but it is important that they understand that you are still working and that they need to respect your boundaries and space during working hours.
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