How to Make the Most out of Working From Home
There are many benefits to working from home. You spend less time commuting, you can enjoy more time with your family, and if you’re feeling under the weather, you can keep those germs away from the rest of your co-workers.
But just because you can work from home doesn’t mean that the situation is set up for optimal productivity. In Inc, columnist Jason Aten offers five tips to make the most of remote work opportunities.
Make a Space
You don’t always need to work from the same space when you work from home, but you do need to have a landing spot that acts as your home base.
“Have a spot where you can feel organized, with all of the tools you need to get work done,” Aten recommends.
Make sure that space isn’t the kitchen table as it is not solely dedicated to your work and the chaos of life can easily creep in.
Shut the Door
If possible, have a door you can shut for this space. This is crucial for phone calls and video meetings.
“Just like working in an office, remote working has plenty of interruptions—often from your family,” Aten says. “Sometimes that can be great, but it's a good idea to let everyone know that if the door is shut, it's work time.”
Keep in Touch
Be intentional about staying connected to your team using project management and communication tools. Make sure you know how to get in touch with your boss if need be and that any employees know how to reach you during work hours.
Organize Your Day
When you work from home, you are more responsible for managing your own workday than when you’re in the office because no one is coming by to see what you are working on.
It’s helpful to create a plan for the day the night before, so you can get started first thing in the morning and take advantage of your lack of commute.
Turn off the Noise
One of the benefits of working from home is not having the normal office interruptions. Aten recommends taking full advantage of that perk.
“Set your devices to ‘Do Not Disturb,’ and schedule a time to check email and respond to important messages,” he says. “That will help you stay focused, and not get sidetracked…about things that can wait until later.”