Working from home is pretty darn great. You have the flexibility to control your hours, you can prepare a home-cooked lunch every single day, and you can even sneak in a load of laundry once in a while. The dress code is chill, the music is always your choice, and there aren’t any chatting co-workers interrupting you when you are in the zone. I’ve found I’m a lot more productive since I’ve been working from home.
Nevertheless, working from home also has its downfalls. It can be extremely lonely, difficult to stay motivated and hard to stick to if you don’t have the discipline and right tools to be successful. As I’ve been working from home for almost 3 years now, here are my top recommendations for working remotely successfully.
Recommendations for Working From Home
Spending the day in pajamas can be tempting for some, but for me getting dressed is an important first step to start my day off right. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, you ARE sitting in your house after all, but throwing on a shirt and a nice pair of shorts even can work as a daily habit that signals that you are ready to start your workday.
Have Daily Accountability Meetings
I start every day with a 10-minute video meeting with my team in which we all share our Top 1 for the day. A Top 1 is not the only thing you will do in the day. Rather, its the one thing you must absolutely do in order for your day to be successful. Staring the day with this daily huddle forces me to start working at the same time each day. It also helps me set my intention for the day and organize myself.
Keep Normal Business Hours
I know that some people have the will to adapt their working hours to whatever works for them, but for me, I’ve found that sticking to normal business hours helps me maintain the discipline I need to work from home successfully.
Have a Dedicated Work Space
I’ll admit it, sometimes I work from my dining room table. A girl needs a change of scenery every once in a while. But I have a dedicated work desk with a 15-inch monitor and a comfy chair. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean that your back has to suffer for it. Make sure you set yourself up with all the office equipment you’ll need.
When the dining room table doesn’t cut it, I go to my local Capital One Cafe. Working from home can be awfully lonely and sometimes it helps to go out and see other people, even if you are focused on your work.
Strangely, I’ve found that going out is especially helpful when I have a lot of work or a big project I need to focus on. Capital One cafes are great because they are set up specifically for people to go work there, but if you don’t have one in your area, check out local coworking spaces, your nearest Starbucks or even your town’s library.
Arrange for Child Care
If I had a penny for every time someone assumes I can take care of my 5-year-old son while I work… The answer is no people. Just because I’m home doesn’t mean that I can take care of my son, or that I’m cleaning the house during the day. I might sneak in a load of laundry every once in a while, but that’s about it. During normal business hours, I’m actually working, which means that I need the peace and quiet anyone else expects at their office so they can focus on their work.
From the temptation to lay back watching TV to missing human interaction, working from home takes more determination and discipline than working from an office. But with the right planning and strategies, working from home can be extremely rewarding. I hope these recommendations help.
Do you have your own recommendations to work from home? Please share them with me! You can comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org