We all dream of the day when we can work from home AKA one of the greatest modern luxuries to exist. It’s almost like getting a class cancelled or your professor saying “No In-Class Session. Everything is virtual.” I mean, you don’t have to get up as early to get ready, you can work in your PJs, and even spend some quality time with your dog..or other pets. But not everyone is used to this adjustment.
Does Working From Home Produce Better Productivity?
Let’s face it, one of the biggest distractions we encounter in the office is getting distracted by other colleagues. Of course you want to join in on every conversation or bit that is going on in the office. It’s nice to have breaks and break away from the stress of your job, but it gets to be too much if you are easily distracted. Studies show that people who work in the office report to be idle for about 37 minutes a day and that’s excluding lunch & standard breaks. However, those who work at home tend to only have 27 minutes of unproductive time. That’s a whole 10 minutes! The main reason for that is when you’re at home you become your own enemy. You’re in charge of your day and what you make of it. You also aren’t surrounded by colleagues so joining in on bits and conversations isn’t as susceptible to get you off track. Plus, working from home also cuts back on commute time and saving money and time. In the end, you want to pick a work environment that best suits your needs. But if you’re
Successful Tips on How to Work From Home
When working from home everyone should be as buttoned up as possible. You’re still working and wanting to deliver results to your organization that should exceed expectations. Here are some tips that may help you become successful when working from home:
- Act as if you are going to your office
Sure, it’s nice once-in-awhile to work in your pajamas or sweatpants with a t-shirt. But your brain has a mental association between you and your work. Just getting ready for the day in casual clothes makes a difference than rolling out of bed and getting to work.
- Set Your Desk Up Like Your In the Office
Of course our home desks and office desks are very different from one another, it’s best that they act similar to one another. This makes you feel more in the zone and like you’re at the office in some capacity. You don’t have to search for your pens or pencils, files, etc.
- Take Breaks
Breaks are what gives our brain more power to get through the day. Dedicate time for yourself to close the computer (other than at lunch or the end of the day) to take a walk around the neighborhood, do a quick work-out, or read.
- Plan on What You’ll Be Working Ahead of Time
Sometimes this one can be hard to manage as organizations have to work remotely ASAP due to unforeseen circumstances. But if you know you’re going to decide to take a day to work from home find the things you need and know you are able to accomplish at home with no challenges.
- Stay Connected
Always communicate with your team members. Just because you aren’t in the office doesn’t mean you get the chance to slack off. Working from home is a privilege. If someone asks for something from you be available to answer any questions or get the task done as soon as you can. You don’t want to ruin the opportunity for others.
In the end, you want to pick a work environment that best suits your needs. But if your organization allows you to work from home, take advantage of it. It’s always good to work in other environments as it allows you to learn more about your strengths and weaknesses as you move forward in your career.