It’s a challenge to work from home for any length of time. This has become very apparent for most of us in the past few months. There can be so many things that ‘need’ doing that only become apparent now we’re stuck at our desks unable to do it because we’re on company time.
To avoid spending all day thinking about anything but work, here are some quick tips to make working from home work for you.
#1 Eliminate as many distractions as you can by getting organized
Eliminating as many distractions as possible can be very useful. This probably goes without saying, but having an environment that you only use for work can not only increase your productivity levels and focus, but it also helps separate your home life from your work life.
This is a very healthy habit to keep up, as this can really help your mental health and overall enjoyment of your work. These distractions might be your kids, your phone, or your pets. Having a system of rules or building a routine can be a very easy way to keep these in order while you are working, and can help your concentration a lot.
Keeping your workspace clean can also increase your productivity, as then you won’t be thinking about cleaning it.
#2 Get the right communication tools to help with business flexibility
Most of the time, businesses tend to prefer what is convenient rather than what will help them. For instance, Microsoft Teams is often chosen over other services because most companies already rely on Microsoft’s tools.
When thinking about two limited but top-of-the-market business tools, for example, Slack vs Teams, we often feel that we sway toward a more familiar platform. But what might be better for working is a more flexible, open-source communication service that can be tailored to your business model without too much hassle.
This often isn’t a popular choice, however, as people like to stay with what they are comfortable with, but it may be a better option than just what other businesses go with simply out of convenience.
#3 Sign off at the end of the day
Signing off at the end of the day can help you healthily transition from working life to home life, much as a commute would. It also helps tie up everything for the next day, so you can find it easier to get back into the working rhythm, therefore finding it easier to focus.
It also helps you start to unwind, and keeps your concentration fully on work, especially if you find you are someone who often starts to get distracted in the last hour of the working day.
In conclusion, making sure your workspace is clean and distraction-free, making sure communication is active within your business with reliable software, and ensuring that you have a healthy transition point from work to home life can all make working from home work for you.