Happy March everyone! 2020 seems to be flying by.
Working from the comfort of your couch, home office, or bedroom, offers flexibility and work-life balance that many professionals desire. After all, who wouldn’t want to work whenever they wanted in their PJs with a laptop? Spend more time with their children? Or, have more home time in general?
From the outside working from home seems like the ultimate luxury, most professionals forget about one very important element: productivity. Like I said, working from home is great, but in order to be successful you must be an organized, self-starter, who takes it very seriously. So, is it really that easy?
Here are a few tips to help you slam dunk your work while working from home.
Build a Permanent Workspace
The first step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home specifically for work. It can be any space in your home, just make this your workspace. Be sure your workspace is comfortable and enjoyable.
Invest in Technology
Yes, setting up a home office or workspace may require a small investment. But, if you expect to work from home, you will be expected to have technical issues all situated so you can effectively work from your home. Be prepared to purchase technology such as a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone system to do your job every day. This is definitely an area you don’t want to skimp on.
Invest in Comfortable Office Furniture
Okay, okay, so you might want to consider investing in comfort as well. You may also need to invest in office furniture. If you want to get in work mode, you should make it feel like a workspace. Depending on the amount of space available, consider purchasing a large desk, bookshelves, and a comfortable office chair. It will go far in the long run.
Set “Work Hours”
Now that you have your office or work area set up, it’s time to get down to business. If you are going to make working from home an everyday affair, then set specific business or work hours. Organize time in your day when you will be working. This will help your co-workers know when to reach you and can help you turn off before leaving the office.
Make to-do lists
When you work from home each day and you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, it can be challenging and a blessing. However, this is where that self-starter must come in. It can be sometimes overwhelming to keep track of what you must do each day. It’s easy to lose sight of priorities, tasks, deadlines and even the little things. Making lists will help you in this situation.
Happy working, and we hope these tips help you “slam-dunk” your tasks this March and all year long!
Written by: Alexandra O'Neil, Communications Manager