Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. While you’re free to be yourself and get work done at your own pace, you’re also isolated from the social buzz of the office and important accountability. Working from home effectively takes a special type of person, but if you’re not that person, you can use these tips to make the transition easier.
Here are 5 tips for working from home effectively, whether you’re a business owner, employee, or freelancer.
5 Tips for Working from Home Effectively
1) Find your “time zone” and concentrate most of your work there.
We’re not talking Central or Pacific – finding your “time zone” just means pinpointing the time of day that you’re most likely to be productive. When do you find yourself breezing through work and getting tons done? Some find that the early morning hours are perfect for concentration and making serious progress, while others like the late afternoon and some prefer the late hours of the night.
2) Get up and get dressed anyway.
One of the perks of working from home is not having to get fully dressed every morning. We know, we know. But if you can make yourself get up and get dressed anyway, you’ll work harder, feel more professional and less couch potato, and establish a consistent routine for yourself that makes your job feel more like work.
3) Set an alarm and don’t hit snooze.
Just because you may not have to clock in or arrive at an office at a set time doesn’t mean you should start rolling into your living room at eleven AM. Set an alarm each morning and don’t hit the snooze button – get yourself used to waking up at the same time every day to continue establishing that consistency that will help you be more productive.
4) Find your dedicated work space in your home.
You aren’t tied to your home, necessarily – you could try a coworking space if there’s one nearby. But while working from home, it’s important to find and select one spot to designate as your work space. When you’re in the work space, you’ll know work should be going on. When you’re not in the work space, you’ll know it’s time to kick back and relax. It’s good to set up boundaries like this when you work from home.
5) Hold your calls until the afternoon.
Depending on your most-productive time period of the day, you may want to save your phone calls and Skype meetings for the afternoon. This arrangement allows you to get a chunk or majority of your work done in the morning hours, leaving you plenty of time to tie up loose ends later in the day after your daily calls and meetings. By making a “rule” like this, you also simplify your planning – you know all calls and meetings will need to be planned after 1pm, for example.
Working from home is a lot easier when you follow the 5 tips we’ve mentioned – find your productivity time zone, get up and dressed, set an alarm, designate a work space, and save your calls for the afternoon. Do you have any additional tips for people working from home? We’d love it if you’d share them with us!