Thanks to technology and recent workplace trends, working from home is more common than ever before. Many people are excited to work from home. After all, it offers the possibility of a more lax schedule, extra time uninterrupted by your coworkers, and a comfortable environment. Working from home however, also offers more opportunities to be distracted. Sometimes your home life bleeds into your work life. The following are a few pieces of advice to help you maximize your work from home hours while still taking advantage of a laid back and relaxed environment.
Create a Routine
Part of a successful work from home day involves creating a routine and sticking to it. What do you do before you go into the office? Wake up, shower, eat breakfast? Stick to this routine as much as possible. Don’t just roll out of bed and open up your laptop in your pajamas. Instead, get up and get dressed.
Write a List
Before you get started, take a few minutes to compile a list of the tasks you want to accomplish. Which are your priorities? Then create a plan of how you’ll accomplish what needs to get done. Schedule out tasks like you would at work. Set a timer, and stay on schedule!
Remember that even though you’re working from home, you’re still working. Set boundaries, and don’t let your family and friends swing by. Let them know that the working hours aren’t a good time for you and that they should consider the weekend instead. Turn off notifications on your phone, too. Resist the urge to spend the day chatting.
Set boundaries with your family, too. If you have kids, put a sign on the door if you’re working and don’t want to be disturbed.
Create a Comfortable and Professional Space
If you have the space, create a seperate area for getting work done. Try not to work in your bedroom. Set up a desk and sit upright instead of laying in bed or lounging on the couch. Keep distractions like TV and pets out of the room. Make sure your working space is well lit and a comfortable temperature– you’ll be spending a lot of time there. But don’t forget to take regular breaks to get up and walk around for a bit, either.