Back in the days when my wife was in accounting, I was trying to make it easier for her to work at home.
It was a back-up option at the time, but it turned out to be very appropriate, especially with the annual closing or approaching a deadline.
My work at the time was also closely related to computers and information. I made it easier for myself too. Basically, for convenience.
I have a huge online library at home that I want to be available to me anytime I need it. I also have a server with all the necessary files, programs and documents for my work.
This made remote work not only two-sided, but also ubiquitous – I could turn on, off and control all the computers in the office and at home from anywhere, including when I’m at sea.
In addition to the technical difficulties that anyone might ask me personally, but which are not the subject of this article, there are some simple organizational rules that greatly increase the efficiency of so-called work. from one of our sister-in-law’s home office.
It may be unusual for us in most cases, but young people are increasingly working from home and their employers view this as a very positive practice.
Of course, I exclude professions for which this is impossible.
Here are the rules themselves.
- Get acquainted with your loved ones at home in advance.
You hardly live alone at home. Children and / or other relatives are something out of the ordinary.
They will have a hard time accepting the fact that you are at work after you are home.
You will have a hard time refraining from doing chores that you put off for a long time due to lack of time. Or you just lose motivation because of the closeness of the sofa and the TV.
So, warn your loved ones that you are at work and ask them not to interfere. Warn yourself too. Forbid your temptations.
Set your working hours. Also include short breaks, but really rest and move, not try to do “at least some of the work you’ve been putting off for a long time.”
- Designate or equip a workplace if you do not have one.
The most unsuccessful is to work with the laptop from the bed or lying on the couch.
(Let me insert here that by statistics, a great deal of home fires today are caused by a laptop burning in the covers of a bed.)
Any other place would be better than that – a student desk if at school, a kitchen table, a coffee table, even a proper nightstand.
You will certainly need contacts or a power outlet. Do not neglect light and seating. Create your own amenities. Get a proper seating position. Load the necessary stationery.
- Make a plan for the workday.
You may not have one in the office. You can count on your boss or colleagues to “get you on track”. There is no one at home – you will have to organize yourself.
Start with the most difficult tasks and leave the easiest to finish.
Delegate urgent homework to other people who are home and away from them. Remind them that you are at work and should not be disturbed.
Keep the plan in front of your eyes and stick to it.
- Think about food.
Even though you are at home, think about eating well in advance.
Make sure you have everything you need, and if you need to prepare something, do it before you get serious about the job. Observe your usual diet as you would when you work at the office.
Limit your meal time in advance. Don’t be tempted to “stretch your spine” after eating, as the bed or sofa is nearby.
If you are having lunch with your loved ones, keep in mind that they will quickly forget that you are at work.
Therefore, we recommend that you prepare your meals and eat separately when you work from home.
Even if you forget to make a plan for the day, make it before you start eating.
Make sure you set your time-off time in advance.
It is advisable for breaks to be associated with some brief physical activity, especially if you have the right accessories at home.
Again, you avoid the sofa, the bed and the TV.
- Observe your discipline and your routine as if you were in the office.
Do not work on pajamas or even your usual home clothes.
It may not be formal dress, but keep in mind that clothing is motivating.
Your work day at home does not change much because of a change of place, so it is best to observe the same rituals as you have in the office. They will keep you motivated to work effectively.
Do not neglect either the beginning or the end of the working day and strictly observe them.
In most cases, the difference whether you are in the office or at home is only in the greater convenience of meeting other people. Everything else is the same. It is important that you are at work even though you are home.
If you have not worked this way before, it may be difficult at first. This is normal and should not bother you.
I hope these 6 Simple Rules for Working from Home will help you switch quickly.