Working from home isn’t as easy as it sounds. Many people struggle to adapt to working in an environment they are used to only relaxing in. Here are our 10 tips to help you transition to your new routine.

 

1. Have a dedicated workspace

Have a place in your home where you are not surrounded by distractions. A distraction can be anything from a pet, a phone, your TV or an incessant sound. An office or the dining room table are great options. We suggest keeping this space very clean so subconsciously you can focus better on your work. To find the perfect space to work at home you will have to balance comfort and the ability to be efficient.

 

2. Make a schedule

The transition to working from home can be a difficult one but making a schedule and sticking to it will help ease you into your new routine. By scheduling when you need to get tasks done and when you can put the time in to do it, you’re adding structure into your home workspace. Don’t use scheduling to overwork yourself. Schedule breaks and fully remove yourself from the work and the workspace. We recommend planning a phone call with a friend or family member so you can catch up with them while on break. Doing this will further remove you from your work and it is always nice to catch up with people. By scheduling breaks for yourself, you will prevent yourself from burning out. So in a way, breaks make you into the better worker.

 

3. Quit at quitting time

When working from home, it is very easy to continue working on a project after hours. For example, if by the time your workday is over and you’re only halfway finished a project, it is natural to want to continue working to feel the accomplishment that comes with completing a project. We highly suggest you fight the impulse to work late to finish the project. If you work late to finish a project you are approaching it with the goal of getting it done and this may cause you to rush. If you stop yourself from working when you’re supposed to then you will pick up your project the next day with a fresh, efficient, well-rested energy. We think most bosses would prefer a project they knew their employee took their time on rather than one they rushed to get finished.

 

4. Set boundaries

To be efficient when working from home, you need to set boundaries. This can be difficult for some people to accept, especially small children, but eventually everyone will learn that when you are working it is important that you are focused on your work and you can divide your attention better when you’re on break.

 

5. Celebrate your wins

When working at home, most likely you will be alone for a few hours every day focused on a certain assignment or project. When you complete a project, don’t immediately move on to the next like a robot that is only designed to work. Instead, take a moment and be proud of the work you did. Doing this repetitively will help you not burn out.

 

6. Make sure you eat

This one is self-explanatory. If you are hungry you will be distracted by your grumbling stomach and the world of possibilities your kitchen has to offer. Eating a good meal before you start working will help you be comfortable while you work, allowing you to focus more. Nothing beats a full stomach.

 

7. Get dressed and ready

The more you treat working from home as a day at the office the easier it will be to execute your work with the same energy. Wake up a little earlier, shower, get dressed, make yourself a cup of coffee, eat, and settle into your workspace.

 

8. Collaborate with coworkers

Don’t let the loneliness of working from home sink in, especially if you have coworkers in the same boat as you. See if anyone needs help, or ask their input on something you are working on. Any way you look at it, it is a win. You enhance your work and you connect with coworkers. We recommend collaborating via video chat because after working from home for an extended period seeing your coworkers’ faces is very nice.

 

9. Set goals

If you are working from home you have a lot of time to brainstorm what you can do for the company and ways you can provide value from home. For example, by making some phone calls, can you see if you can save the company some money on a regular expense? Small expenses add up over time. You could save the company thousands of dollars. Set specific goals and the steps to achieve those goals. Chip away at your goals little by little every day and eventually you’ll reach it. Refer back to #5.

 

10. Understand your expectations

The expectation put on you when working from home can be different from regular office expectations. If you have a supervisor or a manager, request an open line of communication. Don’t feel like you’re not doing enough if it is a slow day. Practice self-care and don’t hold yourself to too high of a standard. Have fun and enjoy the work you do.