Now that you’ve joined America’s workforce that makes their living from home indefinitely, it’s time to start thinking about ways to make your house more accommodating for doing work-related tasks. If you don’t have access to a home office, you can set up a desk in any free corner of a room. Walk-in closets work well. So do basements and garages as long as you’re able to access the internet from those locations.
Work from Home Like a Boss
Once you’ve scoped out a location to call your own, it’s time to put some new habits into practice, so you’re able to adapt to your new work environment quickly. The following tips make working from home easier for you. They offer you ten suggestions that you can implement right away to make the transition smoother. I hope that you’ll find a great sense of ease and flow in the upcoming days and weeks that allows you to do your work safely and conveniently.
#1: Make your work environment feel like home and your home environment feel like work.
If you want to achieve work/life balance, you’ll want to make your work environment feel comfortable and home-like and your home environment more like work because of the change in the workplace you’re currently experiencing. You don’t want to be void of the things that make you feel comfortable while working, yet, you don’t want to remove all signs of productivity from your dwelling, either.
#2: Invest in the tools you need to be successful.
You know what you use on a day-to-day basis in the workplace. Recreate the experience at home by investing in the furniture, hardware, software, and supplies that you need to do the job right. It may take a few days to get used to your new set-up. Once you have everything organized and in place, however, there’s no stopping you from getting your work done!
#3: Devote specific hours each day to doing the work that you need to do.
Keep the same hours that you kept when you were traveling to your workplace each day. That way, if someone needs to get ahold of you, they can. You won’t be scrambling to send an urgent email to your boss or client after business hours.
#4: Automate, automate, automate!
Use software and apps that allow you to schedule tasks as often as possible. Automation is the key to success. It allows you to get more done in less time.
#5: Take regular breaks to increase efficiency.
Use the Pomodoro Technique by working for twenty-five minutes on a task and taking a five-minute break before starting your next session. Apply this tip for as long as you need to to get the work done. Take advantage of the five-minute breaks that you get by stretching or walking around your home.
#6: Have a definitive end time for all work-related tasks.
Know when you’ll start your day, and when you’ll end it. That way, you’ll have time to spend with your family. You won’t be consumed with work-related tasks while you’re supposed to be relaxing and enjoying dinner.
#7: Use a slow cooker for preparing your meals.
Start it on low in the morning, and check on it throughout the day. By the time you’ve finished working, you’ll have something incredible to eat. You won’t need to try to figure out what to serve your spouse and kids after a long day of work.
#8: Switch to herbal tea instead of coffee to remain energized.
Too much caffeine causes you to feel nervy. Switch to herbal tea instead. Green tea has compounds in it that can help prevent cancer.
#9: Bring the outdoors inside.
Become a plant person. Spruce up your space by adding some greenery. Pick out a pretty pot to place it in and put it on your desk where you can admire it.
#10: Practice ways to cope with stress healthily.
Find an outlet for self-expression. It helps you overcome challenging situations easier. It prevents you from becoming stressed out and ill.
Make Your New Work Environment Work Efficiently for You
If you’ve never had the opportunity to work remotely before, there are things you can do to ensure a smooth transition from your workplace to your home. Following the tips listed above helps you adapt quickly so you can become more efficient at your job. You’ll be able to prove to your employer that you don’t need to work in the office because you’re capable of doing the same quality of work from the comfort of your living room or home office.