Working away from the office can be extremely difficult – mainly due to the myriad of distractions, little communication with colleagues and less accountability for your work. But this doesn’t mean that it’s an insurmountable task.
Whether you are just working from home while you recover from an illness or work at home every day, these tips can help you get the most out of your working day.
1. Stick to regular working hours
This aims to ensure maximum productivity while working from home. It’s very tempting to get up when you want, take breaks and call it a day when you think you’ve done enough. Be your own boss – implement regular working hours (including lunch) to your day so your colleagues and customers can get in touch and so you can keep work from encroaching into other parts of your life.
2. Keep personal and work time separate
Giving yourself time off is just as important as working when you say you will. Try not to extend your working hours on too many occasions as this may put you at risk of burning out.
Compartmentalising your day to plan work and play will keep you productive when working and reduce stress when you’re not.
3. Plan your workday
Be smart and plan your workday. This can have a dramatic effect on your output so you can impress your boss when you next meet.
Consider the following when planning your day:
- Complete tasks when you have the most motivation (usually in the mornings).
- Plan breaks and rewards to increase motivation.
- Attempt the high priority tasks first.
4. Dress the way you would at work
Even if you won’t be interacting with clients or customers all day, it’s important to dress for success. This will let your brain know that it’s time for work, not relaxation! Wearing comfortable joggers and an old t-shirt might be comfortable, but it might lead you to become tired, sluggish or unmotivated.
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