Working from home has many advantages as well as challenges that set it apart from going into the office every day. I have friends that ask when they find out I work from home, “How on earth do you do that?”. Working from home is definitely not for everyone, but I really enjoy it and feel like I am just as productive or even more productive by working from home. Here are 4 tips that I use that have helped me be successful while working from home and hopefully will help you too:
1. Make a plan each day
Scoping out the day and knowing what needs to be accomplished really helps me to get everything done that I need to. It keeps me stay on task and helps get projects done either on time or ahead of schedule.
2. Have a dedicated office space
I have my own office and I have decorated it as if I were working in a cubicle with pictures of family, inspirational quotes, souvenirs from vacations, etc. These all help motivate me to do my best each day and remind me why I am working.
3. Stick to a schedule/routine
I wake up at the same time each morning and eat breakfast and then start working. I take lunch around 12:30 pretty much every day and am usually off the clock between 4:30-5:00. This daily routine is not only helpful for me, but also my co-workers if they ever need to get ahold of me because they know when I am available and when I might be “out of the office”.
4. Pretend like you are at the office
The number one thing my friends always tell me is that if they worked from home they would never get anything done because they would be too distracted by things that they would want to do around their house. What helps me the most is to pretend I am at the office. If there is something that I see that needs to be done around the house, I write it down and don’t worry about it until I am no longer working.
I am very grateful that I work from home and have enjoyed the flexibility to its fullest. Working from home can be a challenge, but using these tips have really helped me be successful. If you find yourself with a remote job, I wish you the best of luck getting into the swing of things!
*Article written by Remington Marlor, Billing Specialist at Agemni