Top Tips on Working from Home
See also: Working from Home
Working from home is a great way to improve your work-life balance and reduce your weekly commute, or just to make sure you can wait for a package from time to time. Whether you work full-time, part-time, or occasionally from home, whether you're a freelancer or an employee, this applies. However, it can also be challenging.
The key is to find a balance between work and housework, or something that distracts you.
This page lists five suggestions for working from home to benefit from their experience and help you work more efficiently at home.
1. There is a designated duty station: a valid “workstation”
If you're new to working from home, you're likely to think you just need to lie in bed and work on a laptop.
The problem with this, however, is that it doesn't seem to do you any good for your back or work-life balance.
Big companies make sure you have a workstation and explain to you how to sit in front of your computer properly for a reason: if you don't, you end up in pain and won't be able to work.
No one at home takes care of you, so you have to take care of yourself.
If you plan to work from home often, or just occasionally for a full day, find a place to work, find a suitable chair to support your back, and make sure you have the right distance from your computer screen. In other words, set up your workstation correctly.
Not only does this ensure you don't get hurt, but it also lets you turn off your computer and “get out of work” at the end of the day. This helps ensure that you do improve your work-life balance.
2. Choose your time and make sure it suits your level of energy
We all have more productive times of the day, perhaps because we are less distracted at certain times of the day (for example, children are at school or in daycare), or because these are times of the day when we are more energetic.
Choosing the more productive hours of the day that suit you means you can do more.
It's also a good idea to know when you're not working, whether it's at night, on weekends, or when you have a specific course or event scheduled.
Make sure you know this and stick to it: after all, you want a good work-life balance instead of letting work take full control of your family life.
3. Develop a routine for your work—but be prepared to vary it
It's helpful to get into the habit of routine work, you can start work at a specific time and then work until the specified stop time.
You can even incorporate exercise or socializing into your daily life: for example, you can give yourself a day a week to have lunch with someone, or take an hour each morning before you start exercising or doing housework.
The point is not to be strict with yourself, but to give yourself a better understanding of how much time you need to work and how many tasks you can accomplish.
This is especially important if you are self-employed and need to know if you have time for additional projects.
See a friend or not see a friend
One of the benefits of working from home is that you have the flexibility to stop working and talk to your friends when they visit.
However, this can be a double-edged sword if people know you're at home and come for coffee.
It's a good idea to decide in advance whether you'd like to invite a friend to visit and politely let the other person know.
If someone does visit and you're busy, make sure you can say it, but you can do it another day.
4. Build a support network and backup in your work
When you have work, it's easy: backups are done automatically, It Help Desk is at the end of the phone or email, and if you need advice, there may be a lot of people around you who can help you.
This is unlikely to happen when you are working from home.
Even if you have a job, you may be working on your own device and can't use the same IT support and backup devices.
Make sure you have a system that backs up your work regularly, and if you have a computer or other problem, you know where you can get advice.
A quick job about safety
Cloud storage systems are not completely secure. They're good, but not so good.
If you keep any sensitive information (personal information about yourself or others, bank information or similar information), make sure that your files and your account are password protected.
See the security provided by the cloud provider of your choice and learn the details.
If in doubt, ask an IT security expert to help you examine the system and provide advice.
Don't ignore yourself when building your “support network”: build your network in a timely manner and interact with friends, local, or other business people online.
Join the community and get involved in networking, and then you can ask for advice when you need it.
5. Put systems in place to minimise distractions
People who work from home don't have anyone to check their status, and no one to make sure they don't spend a whole day on social media, playing games, making coffee or other things that don't work. Even if you're a working person, your boss can't see what you're doing at home, and it's easy to get distracted.
Create and implement systems to minimize interference.
These might include:
- To mute the mobile phone, the number of times a day to view the mobile phone does not exceed a certain number;
- View the message only when the task is completed, not halfway through the task; And
- When you are at work and not disturbed by others, there are signs on the door.