Yes, it can be a challenge when one decides to work from home, but the benefits are boundless. Find what works for you, and use them to effectively work from home. If you aren’t sure where you should start, or are finding you are struggling with your focus or productivity, take a look at these tips. If you haven’t read part one yet, take a look after you’ve read what I suggest here!
6. Take a Tech Time Out-Some people have a hard time consistently working in front of their computer when working from home, and some are just the opposite. If you find the pull of work after hours, or at hours at a time, take a break. It’s good for your brain, your eyes, your back, your legs; I could go on and on! Here’s a tip: Fill up a glass of water, and every time you finish it (which SHOULD be once an hour) take a five minute break; walk around, stretch. Also, every twenty minutes or so, take a few moments to look away from your computer screen-this will help immensely with your sleep pattern as well.
7. Set Your Time and Stick To It: Pt 2- Yes, it’s important to define what time you start and stop work for yourself-may it be 10-2, 9-4, etc. But it’s equally important to turn off your computer when your work day is done, and not respond to work emails, projects, or other work priorities afterhours. Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean you have to work from home all the time.
8. Keep It Simple-A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind! Keep your clutter down, go through your paperwork on a daily basis if you need to, and keep your desk clean. Make sure everything has a place; this will keep you productive throughout your day.
9. Write It Down-Make a daily task list so you stay on point. Section them into categories: “Action”, “Near Term” ,”Long Term”, “Priority”. Whatever works for you. Writing it all down will ensure you don’t forget anything.
10. You’re Not Alone-More often than not, those that work from home are doing it to save money; the downside to this is that they are now expected to do everything alone. When once you had a team working together, an office assistant, and an accounting department, you are now wearing all of those hats which can be very overwhelming. You will save an immense amount of time and money by outsourcing what is the most time consuming for you. Hiring someone to work virtually will help you stay on task, save your time, and most of all, save your sanity!
*If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your work, or would just like a bit of help to get you through a project, my team can assist you with various services; just ask for details!