How to stay on top of your game while working from home
Not that long ago, working from home was a rarity, but times certainly have changed. Many companies quickly have realized that some workers enjoy having the opportunity to toil from home in their pajamas and have embraced the idea.
If you're a member of the remote population, being organized and efficient are important for your mental well-being and productivity. Here a few things to work on while working from home.
Communication is absolutely vital to any career. When you work from home, things are a little different. You're more likely to suffer from isolation.
The best way to fight back against social isolation and increase your productivity is by communicating regularly with your team. Regular communication also fights any unfair perceptions that you are not doing your job or are not involved with what is happening at the office. Being part of a project also can help you feel as though you're part of the team and encourage you to check in regularly with other members.
Separate work from personal time
Many of those who work from home face the problem of always being in work mode. They often are unable to disconnect from work when they clock out for the day.
You have to be willing to mentally leave the office. The first thing you can do is separate from your work space. You should always work in one place and have fun somewhere else. When you put the two together, the workday can bleed over into your private time or you could have trouble focusing on work.
Another way is to turn off work notifications. You can politely let it be known that you are done for the day, wish the team good night and log out.
You have to cut the distractions from your day. Plan how much time you'll spend working on a particular project and then dive in. It's tempting to stop to put in a load of laundry or take a walk or organize your closet, but resist that urge unless it's during the break time you give yourself.
Social media can also lead you astray. The Google extension StayFocusd can help with this problem. It allows you to add websites you want to restrict, like Facebook, and limit your time on those sites to 10 minutes.
Just because you work from home, doesn't mean you shouldn't take a break. Besides losing productivity, not taking a break can have a harmful effect on your health.
A popular way to take breaks when you work from home is called the Pomodoro technique. This method involves working for 25 minutes, then taking a three- to five-minute break. You continue this process for two hours, then take a longer 15-25 minute break. This technique helps train your brain to focus, gives you time for breaks and can make you a healthier, more productive remote worker.
There's no doubt that the privilege of working from home is something to be appreciated. But to be successful at it, you need to establish your work space and have a plan of attack. Make sure that you're also taking steps to remain as physically and mentally healthy as possible.