The number of professionals seeking to work remotely is steadily growing and becoming almost a trend. Many consider the options for “office” equipment at home, in coworking space or in the nearest cafeteria. Modern technologies quite allow to work there, where it is more comfortable, necessary or preferable. Anyone working from home can share with you his impressions about the advantages and disadvantages of such work. Firstly, it is not only solitude and peace, but also loneliness, because there are no people near at least for the exchange of ideas. Secondly, it is not only freedom of action, but efforts to self-discipline. Try using the following tips to make home work more efficient and profitable.
1. Work the same amount of time as if you were working in an office
Some people who work from home soon discover that they are paying too much time for this. Other remote workers are fighting to establish a regular schedule, because they work a couple of hours in the afternoon, and then work all night. Of course, breaks are quite possible. It is also possible that the deadlines may require additional working hours. The process can wedged in the household, if they are also at home. So, set the hours of work and stick to them hard. Having worked the time, you can “return to the family” and rest for the rest of the day. Set aside time for yourself to regain strength and not to lose your working pace.
2. Plan your workday schedule
Structure your working day so as to increase efficiency. Pay attention to the natural rhythm of your own organism and plan your work for the time of the most productive hours. If you know what works best for you in the morning, do not be tempted to climb into social networks, say, before lunchtime. Make a list of priorities, and then move on to non-urgent cases. Close the door of your working room, signaling to others that you are busy.
3. Be sure to put yourself in order and get dressed (even if you only have pets near you)
Although it is very comfortable and cozy to go all day in pajamas, however, this is not the most successful working habit. The way you are dressed and how you look, psychologically affects you. Be sure to shower, snack, brush your teeth and change clothes – after all, you’re at work.
4. Select a working area for yourself
Orderliness is the main aspect of working from home. Try to always work in one place. You can turn a room into your office or organize a separate working corner, in extreme cases, you can get a job at the dinner table. The workplace should be comfortable and functional for you. Surround yourself with inspiring and pleasing things: flowers, photos, favorite music. The selected work area should tune you to the desired wave.
5. Do short-time breaks
Take frequent but short breaks throughout the day. Get up, stretch, stroll around the house or street. Lunch break is mandatory! If you do not have enough communication, go out to dinner with friends, colleagues or clients. The flexibility of the schedule may well allow you to allocate time, for example, to visit the pool or gym.
6. Do not be distracted
One of the problems of remote work is self-discipline and self-control. When there are no colleagues and bosses nearby, too much temptation to distract, because there can always be other things. Postpone all the chores around the house and entertainment until you have worked out the planned working hours. Limit the time spent on checking mail, visiting social networks and sites that are not directly related to work. Set the timer on your computer or smartphone, and do not waste your time on activities or meetings that interfere with the workflow.