Working from home is not that easy. I have been working from home half of my working years, so I understand the expectations from an organisational and a personal perspective. But for some people out there who have never had to work from home, there are many ways for you to start it successfully.
As of today, many businesses, organizations and schools are implementing work from home infrastructure at speeds without much warning or preparation. For office workers, it’s important that we stay healthy and productive in our new working environments. But how?
To help you, here are some of the ways for working from home:
1. Look for the best Spot.
Your home might be less prepared than you think when it comes to having a functional work area. Look for the best chair and table that will give you the best position while working. You need a suitable location without making your housemate or family go crazy when you start your work.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan.
For most of the people that will start working from home, the most significant change is the temporary elimination of face-to-face meetings. Meetings that remain vital will be virtual, as the only remaining way to collaborate. Expect to have more time for task-oriented work that you lead and define on your own.
3. Maintain the Focus
Working from home means you will not be alone. Parents cooking, kids running, dogs barking. The biggest challenge you will face is how to stay focused in this new work environment. Plan your schedule well with your family members to avoid being interrupted. The key to your productivity is to get uninterrupted time for your task-driven work. If you can achieve it now, it will be a critical asset for your productivity in the future.
4. Develop your Skills
The next weeks will expose your shortcomings when it comes to digital skills. With an excellent opportunity to turn gaps into future advantages. Take the opportunity to experiment with new digital tools and skills. Create short videos or podcasts for your customers. Now is an excellent opportunity to push for progress before perfection in new areas.
5. Stable Internet Connection and Access to Tools
Your work from home foundation will be your laptop, mobile phone and fast and reliable internet connection. If you have limited access on your connectivity, start to schedule the use of internet with other family members and the kids if you want to not get interrupted by slow connection.
6. Avoid Procrastinating
Remember, when you’re working, work; when you’re not, don’t. You’ll need to set ground rules for what you will or will not do while working at home. This could include social media, email, or chores. For home stuff, designate a time for it, whether it’s laundry, lunch or playing with your kids then put it in your schedule and try your best to stick to it.
Working from home has its perks-- sooner or later you will be able to adjust and enjoy the benefits of it!
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About the writer: Graduate with Diploma in Information Technology and Business Administration major in marketing & management. Former teacher for secondary and tertiary level. Former Trainer for Medicare customer support John used to write articles for Houston Real Estate investing and market.