Top 5 Tips For Working From Home
1. Maintain Regular Hours
Set a schedule, and stick to it. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. If you need extra help sticking to a regular routine at home, try installing an automatic time-tracking app, such as RescueTime, which lets you check in on whether you’re sticking to your schedule.
2. Create a Morning Routine
Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine delineates the start of work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others).
Create a morning routine that ends with you starting work.
3. Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space
Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children who come home from school while you’re still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time.
4. Schedule Breaks
Know your company’s policy on break times and take them. Give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone with a lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks.
5. Socialise With Colleagues
Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. Companies with a remote work culture usually offer ways to socialise.
For example, our team at Lease Equity use a digital platform where there are different chat channels where our remote employees can stay connected and continue to talk about common interests, catch up (digitally) for morning tea, etc.
It’s important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included with your colleagues.