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Working from home is a dream for many professionals. It means no more long daily commutes, no more expensive and limited company cafeterias, and the ability to work in your pajamas – pretty much all the time. Working at home has its own set of challenges, though. Professional isolation, distractions, and a lack of collaborative spaces are some of them. To make your WFH experience as productive as possible, here is our ultimate guide on how to work from home like a pro!
Establish boundaries with a clear workspace
For many people, getting their home office in order is an important first step. It needs to be more than just a desk in a corner of the kitchen, with dishes piled on top of it. A clear and well-defined workspace will help you stay focused, and will make it easier to transition back and forth between work and home life. Even if you don’t have an office, whether you are in a coffee shop, at a library, or at a co-working space, having a clear space to work from is important. Having a clear and defined space is a great way to delineate your work from your home life, which is important for preventing work stress from bleeding into your home life and vice versa.
Know what tools you need to work effectively from home
Working from home, you’re in charge of everything: the schedule, the tasks, and the tools you use. From task management and time tracking apps to communication tools, you need to make sure you have what you need to succeed. Time tracking apps – Time tracking apps are critical tools for remote workers. They are especially useful when there’s no team member physically nearby to keep track of hours worked. Task management apps – If you work remotely, you’re likely to be responsible for a wide range of tasks. A good task management tool allows you to manage all your work, from blog posts to meetings, all in one place. Collaboration tools – When working from home, it’s easy to lose track of the outside world. Communication tools like Slack and Zoom help you stay on top of the outside world, while making it easy to stay focused on your work.
Stay connected and collaborate remotely
Working from home can be lonely, especially when you’re starting out and don’t have a social network of fellow remote workers. Make an effort to stay connected to your network, even if they are not remote workers. You don’t have to be co-located to be sociable and connected. Use what you have to stay connected: Your local meetup group, Twitter chats, Slack channels, and Zoom meetings are just a few options you have to stay connected. If you want to stay connected but don’t know where to start, your first step is to figure out what you want. Do you want to connect with other professionals in your field? Do you want to connect with other professionals from your industry or even outside of your field? Are you looking for friendships or something more? When you know what you want to get out of connecting, it becomes easier to find the right people to connect with.
Utilize silence to focus on your work
Getting work done at home is not just about staying connected and trying to be productive. At times, you will have to disconnect, and go silent — whether it’s because your child is sick, or you have a deadline coming up. When silence is needed, make sure that your family members are aware of it. You can make this easier by using apps like Daylio or Health-i to give information to loved ones. Be aware that working from home can be disruptive to your loved ones, and disruptiveness can jolt people out of flow. Being respectful of your family members is the best way to keep them from being jolted out of flow by your work.
Don’t forget to treat yo’ self 3
The best way to stay motivated when working from home is to make it fun! Whether it’s buying a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones, getting a new pair of slippers, or setting a new goal, it’s important to celebrate the successes along the way. Working remotely allows you to tailor your work to your needs and lifestyle, but it can be a lot of pressure to stay productive, focused, and motivated while working from home. To help you stay motivated on those long and lonely days, here are a few tips: – Reward yourself: Set goals and make sure you treat yourself for achieving them. It’s important to reward yourself for the small wins to keep you motivated throughout the day. – Build community: Join online communities and make sure you stay in touch with your friends and family. This will not only help you stay motivated but will also help you feel less isolated and alone.
Working from home can be a great way to reduce commute times and stress, but it requires a bit of self-discipline. For your WFH experience to be productive, you need to create boundaries, stay connected with others, and not forget to treat yourself!