Raise your hand if you’re able to work from home but aren’t sure if you’ll ever get anything done.
With snow storms and other circumstances, I’ve worked from home quite a bit in the past 2 months, which was really weird for me. I was like “this isn’t going to be a problem because I studied, worked on my blog, and did tasks for extracurriculars when I was in my room all the time in college.” Wrong. Working from home is very different, so I thought I would share what makes it easier for me.
How to Work From Home & Be Productive
Turn Off Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube
Seriously, I know you’re like “free day,” but this is not school. This is real life and you need to be productive. Just don’t even turn it on, it’s hard to concentrate and no matter how much you did it in college, you really shouldn’t do it when you’re on the clock.
Have a Designated Work Space
Preferably not your couch or bed. Set up shop at your kitchen table, desk or even counter. Try not to get too comfy, which sucks, but think of how much later you got up, and how you don’t have to commute or sit in your cold office! Trust me, it’ll make you more productive and make you a super star employee to your boss.
Get Up Every 45 Minutes to an Hour
This is much easier at the office when you have meetings and such, but it’s important to still get up and walk around a bit. It’ll help you focus and make you feel much better!
Take a Lunch Break
Even though you might be working in your kitchen, at least take 15 minutes to make lunch and a break from work. It’s definitely good to walk around a bit or maybe do quick household task. This helps you feel on top of both your home and work situation. (Am I the only one who finds it hard to concentrate in a messy apartment?)
Check in With Your Boss/Employees
One of the biggest things you can do is have a set to-do list of things that you need to get done each day. That means asking your boss what they would like for you to accomplish that day, and/or tell your employees what you would like them to get done.
Check in every couple of hours or so to see if they need anything or if something has changed. At the end of your usual work hours, send an email letting them know what you got done for the day. It’s a great way for them to know what you did, and for you to be on the same page the next time you’re back at work.
*every employee/manager relationship is different, but this is just good practice whether you work from home or not. If your relationship is different, do what works best for you!
These are some of my best tips for being productive while working from home. Do you work from home often? What is your tried and true tip?