Do you work from home? You are definitely not alone. Sometimes it’s because of a need. For example, you have a break, but you need to check something for your job, and you do it from where you are. But one day you may find that you are more efficient working from home and decide to try it for a few days a week or even permanently.
Experts say that we are moving towards a world where work from home will be the norm. And somehow it all makes sense. No more hours spent commuting to and from work, no more wasting time on endless meetings, no more coffee breaks every 2 hours chatting with your coworkers. If you have already tried working from home, then you will have noticed that while the benefits are obvious (you work in your pajamas all day!), There are also some challenges. Here are some tips and tricks to make work from home more productive and fun!
1. Take a break
It sounds ridiculous to talk about breaks when you have not yet started working, but it is an important part of the work process that can really increase your productivity. So before you even sit down and turn on your computer, decide when to take breaks.
A good break every two hours can help you work more efficiently. If you feel very absorbed in your work, you can even set an alarm that will remind you to take a break once in a while. The sure thing is that you will feel better at the end of the day!
2. Build an “office” at home
No, we do not mean to run to IKEA and buy new equipment to rebuild your office (although you should do it if you can afford it!). We talked about creating a place in your home to work. This could be a piece on your kitchen counter, or the dining room or even a desk with a chair on the balcony.
The most important thing is to avoid working in your bed. Although it may sound tempting at first, it can cause back pain and also a feeling of melancholy after a while. In any case, it is a good idea to try to emulate the office environment as much as possible.
3. Make time for your family
It may still not be directly related to work, but a good work-life balance can go a long way toward increasing your productivity. This means that you should avoid working 12 hours a day, even if it seems perfectly possible to you.
In the long run, you will see the negative effects it has on your well-being and your state of health. Find time to spend with your family or loved ones every day, even if you work from home.
4. Do not confuse fun with work
Yes, I know we mentioned earlier the possibility of working all day in your pajamas. You may also have thought of doing other things at work (dishes, laundry, tanning, cooking and the list is endless). And it does sound plausible, isn’t it?
However, those with experience working remotely point out the importance of having strict work limits. In other words, work is work, and when you are done, you can do anything else.
5. Set a schedule for your day
It does not have to be very strict if you are not passionate about lists. However, it is important to make a plan for the day, preferably as soon as you get out of bed.
Even if you do not start work immediately, write down what you want to achieve during the day so that you can plan your time accordingly. Work from home is often associated with more relaxed schedules, and we really believe this is something you will want to avoid! Also, all this will motivate you and help you concentrate throughout the day.
6. Exercise a little during the day
You may not realize it at first but working from home means you exercise less than before. Under normal circumstances we walk to work, we walk to our workplace, and all this can take up to 30 minutes a day (the minimum recommended by experts). However, if you work in your kitchen, you may have noticed that at the end of the day you have less than 500 steps recorded in your application.
Over time, this can translate into weight gain, back pain and more. For this reason you should decide to do some exercises every day when you work from home. You could walk or jog for 30 minutes in the morning, go to the gym at noon or take a long walk to your neighborhood after work. Even small things can make a big difference in the long run!
7. Stay away from social media when you work
Of course, this only applies if your professional duties do not include checking social media every hour! But, for most of us, social media could really be a distraction from work.
When you are in the office you can not surf non-stop, but this can be tempting when you work from home. It would be a good idea to put your cell phone in flight mode or leave it in another room while you work to avoid alerts that could cause you to lose focus.
8. Keep a healthy, balanced diet
One of the good things about working from home is that you are very close to your fridge all day. But this can turn into a trap if you are not committed to a balanced diet.
If you want to avoid getting something out of your fridge every two hours (like ice cream!), You should commit to eating 3 meals a day (with 2 snacks if you can not stand anything!). Eat breakfast before work, and take a 30-minute break or an hour for lunch.
9. Keep in touch with your colleagues
Working from home does not mean that you can forget about your co-workers or co-workers, your customers and so on.
Make sure you organize online Meetings whenever possible, and keep them informed of the progress of your work. This is important for all of you when you are not in the same workplace both for the course of work and for your interpersonal relationships.
10. Celebrate your successes as before
You have done a great job of finding a new client or you have finished a stage of your work and now you are ready to celebrate! If you worked in the office, this would be the time when you would probably go out with your colleagues or your clients for a drink after work!
Nothing should stop you now. Go out and celebrate! You will feel better and more connected with your colleagues!