Tips For Effectively Working From Home
Working From Home the Smart Way!
Whether you are unemployed at looking for a job, an entrepreneur working from home some or all of the time, or an employee, working from home can interfere with your home life if you let it. Here are some strategies to help you stay organized and effective while working from home.
1. Do your most important task of the day first. If you’re looking for a job, reaching out and making a few phone calls might be the first priority so you can catch people before their days get busy and you accomplish the most effective job search task first. If you’re working from home, this same rule applies.
2. Structure your schedule and set a boundary between your work time and your home time. It’s easy to get distracted and “task” your future self thinking, I can take a break now and get that done this evening, my office is in my house after all. This doesn’t work! Your future self is just as tired as you are right now and psychologically you need space between work and relax. When you create the structure it will keep you from burnout or procrastination by working all the time or at least “thinking” that you “should” be working all the time vs actually having time for a break.
3. Take useful breaks during your day away from the computer such as exercise, time for meals, lunch meeting or other type of break that gets you away from concentration and mental focus. You’ll actually feel more energized and get creative juices flowing again so you can tackle the hard stuff. Plan your breaks into your schedule so you can “chunk” your day. Stick to your schedule! I worked with a client who liked to take a video game break during lunch, which energized him for the afternoon. Whatever works, but stick to it.
4. Create a morning routine that sets you up for the day. For example, a morning routine might be to take care of me first so I can put energy towards work during the day – eat breakfast, exercise then work. Protect this time so you have the energy to get things done when you need to.
5. Recognize that working from home isn’t for everyone. If you need more structure than home office provides, plan your day around working at a coffee shop or library.
6. Wake up at the same time every day and get going with your routine.
7. Create a separate physical space for work in your home separate from where you relax. Don’t work in your bedroom, unless it’s in a separate area from where you sleep as this may also contribute to difficulty going to sleep at night.
8. Do your email during times of day when your energy and concentration levels are lower so you can be more productive with your natural rhythm. You need your higher energy level to get more challenging tasks done.
9. Recognize the limits of the day both in terms of how much work you can expect to get done and how many hours you can work. If you let it, working at home can control your life, so you need boundaries!
10. make time for socialization and getting out of the house. It can boost your creativity and motivation, but more importantly keep you feeling connected.
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