It may be something you’ve been longing to do, or circumstances may have made it necessary. However, working from home is not for everyone, and can come as a bit of a shock to the system, particularly if you have been used to going to a busy office every day, surrounded by all your colleagues. So, how do you make a success of it? Here are three things to help you stay focused and productive.
Create a workspace
When you’re preparing to work from home, one of the first things you need to focus on is creating a space to carry out your job. If you think you can lay in your bed with your laptop, or stretch out on the couch, we’ve got news for you – it won’t work. Well, maybe for five minutes. What you need to do instead is earmark a corner of your house, or preferably a whole room to create an office. Ideally, it needs to be equipped with a desk, chair and computer equipment, along with space to file your documents and any books. It needs to be an area of your home that, once you enter, you know that you’re there to work and not to be distracted!
If you don’t have any room in your house to create a workspace, then look outside. Do you have a garage which you can convert? Or could you create a small outhouse or extension? Some people find it helps to have a separate area outside the main building, so they feel they are going to ‘the office’ and truly breaking away from home life.
If you’re converting any outside areas, like the garage, make sure it’s in a fit state to work in, which include ensuring it’s warm, has power, is clean and safe. You’ll want to check there are no infestations of any sort too. If you need help with this, call on Go-Forth Pest Control of Charlotte.
Create a schedule
Another important thing you need to do to make a success of home-working is to have a schedule in place for your week ahead. Don’t try and just work now and then, around other things, as this will not be very productive in the long run. If you have to keep dropping things and then pick them back up, it can make straightforward tasks longer and more complicated. If you can, set yourself some work hours. It may be 0930 to 1530 for example, if you have children at school. When you have defined your working hours, stick with them and plan your time effectively.
Create house rules
If you have a family or you share your house with others, you need to make sure there are rules in place around your home-working. You need everyone to understand that you’re at home to do your job, not to be distracted. Try and ensure that all those in your home respect your hours of work and don’t disturb you. Any temptation may take you away from your desk and put you behind.