Working from home is the new norm nowadays, as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many people enjoy working from home, others, who had not prepared or made this choice on their own, struggle to find a balance between work and home and maintain a productive routine.
Whether you are a full-time freelancer, remote worker, or the occasional telecommute, working outside an office is a challenge. What are the best ways to set yourself up for success? How do you stay focused and productive? And how do you keep your work life separate from your home life?
For getting the answers to these questions and succeed at your job, you’ll follow these tips.
Keep a regular schedule
One of the most important things is creating a regular schedule. Even though you’re working from home, you should still set up some office hours. Decide what times you’ll be working and when you finish for the day. Try to start the day as you would if you were going into the office: get up early, get dressed, and avoid online distractions once you sit down to work. If you work best in the mornings, plan to work on the most laborious tasks and leave simple tasks for the afternoon when you’re less focused or conversely. It not only provides structure to the day but also helps you stay motivated. Keep your workspace organized and free of clutter to have a more productive day.
Set up a home office
One of the keys to successfully working at home is having a comfortable, convenient workspace with everything you need for your jobs. By creating a designated workspace you separate your work and home lives. Moreover, working in an organized environment, your brain focuses longer, makes decisions faster, and performs at an overall higher level.
What your home office should have will partly depend on your profession. However, every home office setup needs a good computer, an extra monitor, a good internet connection, a desk, and an office chair.
Build and preserve boundaries
Boundaries are a way to take care of ourselves. When you understand how to set and maintain healthy boundaries, you can avoid resentment, disappointment, and anger.
Boundaries are about respect. They allow you and others to respect your time and energy. There are many people you should consider setting boundaries with, including your coworkers, clients, family, and friends.
Without some serious boundaries, working from home means the office can easily seep into your life and make you feel unhinged. Moreover, when setting your boundaries, it’s important to appreciate those of others too – even if they’re different from your own.
Document as more as possible
Documentation is key! When your staff works remotely, it becomes clear that for formulating on-the-go decisions and succeed you need to document everything more than usual and share them with colleagues. It helps you to keep everyone aligned and avoid all possible misunderstandings. If things are documented properly it’s easy to recall what you did and take a new path.
However, documentation is not enough. You should share your notes with your team, discuss them, and let them ask you questions if they are unsure of something. You should also define the exact responsibilities of each team member and make sure there’s a written record of them: what they should be working on, who they should be working with, and when the deadline is.
Connect with your colleagues
Loneliness and isolation are common problems in remote work life. Don’t let social distancing feel you disconnected at work. Stay in touch with colleagues, encourage groups chats, plan virtual events with your team. Collaborating with others can give you valuable additional perspectives on a problem you’re faced with, leading to more ideas and creative solutions being generated than if you were to work alone. Communication presents an opportunity to not only strengthen trust and relationships between staff but also foster a culture of work-life balance throughout your organization.
Whether you work at home or in the office, whether you are a professional or a beginner, the most important thing for success is organized, consistent and dedicated work. So take your work seriously, be positive, you will definitely succeed.