1. DESIGNATE A PERMANENT WORKSPACE
Establish a dedicated area of your home where you will work and fully commit to working in this space everyday. Be sure your area is quiet so you can focus on the task at hand.
2. DECORATE YOUR WORKSPACE
Try to make your workspace as enjoyable as possible. Get all the things you need – pens, notebooks and tissues, add photos of family and friends, a houseplant, or even a lamp.
3. ORGANIZE YOUR WORKSPACE
Organize your home office to ensure that you have everything you need. Consider making a to-do list for the next morning and tidy up your desk the night before. This will save you time in the morning, as well as help you get into work-mode to make it your own.
4. PRETEND LIKE YOU ARE GOING INTO THE OFFICE
Get up early, take a shower, make your coffee and breakfast, just like you would as if you were going into the office. That mindset should not be lost when working remotely.
5. KEEP YOUR WORK & PERSONAL LIFE SEPARATE
A career that lets you work from home requires you to separate work and your personal life. If you are always home and near your work, then your work may extend into your home life and weekends.
6. SET CLEAR WORK/HOME BOUNDARIES
Working from home doesn’t mean you are working more hours. Be clear with your coworkers of your daily schedule and stick to it. When your work day ends, power down your work equipment and change out of your work clothes, to help shift to personal time. When setting boundaries at home, this can be difficult, especially if you have young children, roommates, and pets – all who want your attention during work hours. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you are home.
7. STRUCTURE YOUR DAY LIKE YOU’RE IN THE OFFICE
When working from home, you are your own personal task manager. To stay on schedule during the day, organize your time so you can accomplish your goals for the day.
8. AVOID BACKGROUND NOISE
While working, try to avoid background noise such as pets, children, and other distractions like televisions. This practice allows you to remain focused on your work.
9. TAKE YOUR BREAKS
It can be easy to skip breaks while working from home. Stepping away from your computer for even a short while is a good practice. If you schedule allows, take time to relax and decompress. You will return feeling reenergized and ready to take on the rest of the day!
10. STAY CONNECTED & ALWAYS BE COMMUNICATING
You are not expected to be in front of your computer at all times. If you take a break, make sure everyone who needs to know about it – like a supervisor – is kept updated. Make an extra effort to check in with your coworkers. Often an email may be misunderstood. If there is ever confusion, pick up the phone and clarify your message.
11. AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media may be a distraction. Rather than check social media, focus on activities that are work-related to get more done.
12. MAKE TO-DO LISTS & CALENDAR BLOCKERS
Making to-do lists and having a calendar is important when you are working from home. Since you are all by yourself, you may have more responsibilities. Ideally, your day should start with reviewing your to-do list and marking your tasks of the day on the calendar. This will help you stay focused and work more purposefully.
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