Five Tips for Successfully Working from Home
Working from home can be a big adjustment and bring its own unique challenges. If you are new to working remotely, check out these five tips to set yourself up for success.
1. Set up your space for work
Get in the mindset for a day on the job. Set up your environment to be conducive for work. You may not have a home office, but set up a quiet space dedicated to work. If you find that you do not have the equipment that you need at home to successfully do your job, reach out to your employer and see if they can help provide you with the tools you need to get the job done! If you find your internet lagging, try moving closer to the Wi-Fi router or switch to Ethernet.
2. Know your weaknesses
Try turning off the TV and opt for listening to music while working at home. If you find yourself checking your phone more often, try turning it on Do Not Disturb. Minimize the temptation of spending time on social media by logging out of your accounts. If you need to log in every time you would like to check your social media pages, you will be more mindful of the time spent scrolling! When you are working, even though you may be in the comfort of your home, set boundaries as if you were in the office.
Stay connected with your teammates by checking in often throughout the week (or day!). Utilize platforms such as Google Chat to coordinate with other employees. Conduct meetings via Zoom or other video chatting websites. Keep an open line of communication regarding what tasks are getting done and where you may need some assistance.
Communication is also key if others will be home with you during the workday. Communicate your expectations with your spouse, partner, or roommate. Working from home is an adjustment for everyone and it is important to discuss boundaries.
4. Take a break
Get up and walk around! Since you will be spending much more time at home than usual, it could get easy to feel burnt out. Take time away from your work space during your breaks. Spend a few minutes in another room or away from the computer. If the weather is nice, go for a short walk, even if it just to get the mail. It may be tempting to shorten your breaks, but remember it is important to move your body and get a little fresh air. It is necessary to take breaks from your work to maintain a healthy work-life balance!
5. Be flexible!
Your daily structure is changing. It may take some time to get into a new routine! Understand that each day may not go smoothly. Be flexible and make adjustments where needed. Reach out to your employer for support. They want to see you succeed and will be there to support you during this transition.