Whether you have a remote job or just work from home occasionally, here are 7 great tips to help you make the most of your workday:
1. Set aside a place exclusively for work
Laying in bed while you try to crank out a report won’t really feel like work, will it? Set aside a place in your home, whether it’s an office or not, that is intended only for work. This will help eliminate distractions and increase productivity.
2. Create a daily work schedule
It’s easy to get sucked into working long hours if you’re a person that never leaves your house, or not working enough hours if you’re a person who gets distracted easily. It’s important to create a schedule, and stick to it.
3. Network through social media
If you regularly work from home, it’s a good idea to join and stay active in professional networks such as LinkedIn and even Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of business trends and other news. When you work from home it is easy to become closed off and out of the loop, but consistent professional interaction can help.
4. Keep a regular routine
Even though no one from work will be able to see you writing that proposal in your pajamas, it’s essential to keep a regular morning routine. Showering, getting ready and eating breakfast will help you wake up and prepare for the day.
5. Regularly check in with coworkers
Keeping in touch and communicating regularly with coworkers throughout the week will help you stay engaged with work that is being done in the office.
6. Understand employer’s expectations
Will you be expected to work the same hours? How often will you need to come to the office, if at all? It’s important to have this conversation with your employer to ensure there are no gray areas.
7. Set boundaries with family and friends
Although working from home makes you appear to be available to family and friends, it’s important to set boundaries with these groups. Whatever you don’t get done during working hours will need to be pushed back, and sticking to a schedule is key.
What tips or advice do you have for working from home?