6 tips for effectively working from home
According to research by Global Workplace Analytics, 50% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency. With more and more people taking advantage of modern work-from-home policies, we’re bringing you our top tips for effective telecommuting.
Keep a regular routine by showering and getting dressed as if you’re going into the office every morning. By simply getting ready, you’ll be in a better mindset to start your day. If you stay in your pajamas while working from home, you may end up feeling unmotivated to get your work done.
Set up a home office
Your home workspace needs to be somewhere you feel separated from the distractions of your non-working life. Ideally, your workspace should have its own door to shut out unwanted noise. If you work on a laptop, it might be a good idea to invest in a second monitor for your computer. Having two screens doubles your virtual workspace and lets you perform many tasks more efficiently. It’s also important for your home workspace to have natural light. Natural light boosts your body’s vitamin D storage and is good for your mental health and productivity.
Get up and move
When your office is just down the hall from your bedroom, it’s even more important to get up and move around during the workday. Scheduling a few 15-minute walks between meetings will increase your energy, clear your mind, and is good for your health!
One of the most important things you can do to ensure your productivity when working from home is establishing boundaries. There are a hundred little chores that you may be tempted to do during lulls in your workday, like laundry or vacuuming. Allowing yourself to take on these extracurricular projects is a bad idea. Blurring the line between work and personal responsibilities reduces your focus and hampers your ability to do your job.
Change of scene
If your starting to feel cooped up at home, it’s time for a change of scene. Working in a new environment has a number of benefits, including increased productivity and creativity. Learn more here. Great places to work outside of your home include your favorite coffee shop, the local library, or a co-working space like WeWork.
Leverage video chats
When you’re home all day by yourself, you’re missing out on face-to-face interaction with colleagues, which not only builds relationships but is also good for your mental health. Take advantage of video during meetings as often as you can by using a video chat service like Skype, Google Hangouts, or Webex.
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