Many professionals now find themselves working from home, some for the first time. While an Avilla Homes dwelling offers many amenities that help you shelter in place with less stress, it can still be challenging to stay productive when working away from a traditional office setting. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your home office workday.
Tips For Staying Productive While Working From Home
- Use the time you save with no commute to get an early start. The distractions of working from home are less likely to take a bite out of your work output if you cut them off at the proverbial pass. If your workplace allows it, try to shift your work schedule earlier. For example, if you have a 30-minute commute to your workplace, start your workday when you would head out the door, not when you would arrive at the office.
- Continue to behave as if you are going to work at your regular office. Despite the hilarity of social media memes about “work pajamas,” you are more likely to stay in a work mindset if you can mimic your regular work routine as much as possible. Arrive at your home office showered, dressed for work, and with a plan for the day.
- Ramp up your skills with remote collaboration tools. If your company already has a robust remote office program, you probably have the tools to work from home at your fingertips. If you haven’t had a training session on the essential technologies, ask for help. If your company is trying to patch together a remote set-up and you’re up to the challenge, you could volunteer to research which remote tools might be best for your work group.
- Continue to make connections and build your network. With the economy in a free-fall, understanding who can help you – and who you can help – in terms of work recommendations is essential. Creating or upgrading your LinkedIn profile is a good idea, and reaching out electronically to a handful of people you want to know better and add to your network can be done from the comfort of home.
- If you have a question about best practices for working from home, ask. If you haven’t worked from home regularly before, you do not have to go it alone. Websites such as Remote.Co have extensive online forums where remote employees and their employers answer common questions about productivity, tools, building a healthy work culture, and other topics. Your company may have an employee resource group for remote workers or helpful guidance on your internal company website.
You can also boost your productivity when working from home by remembering to incorporate some physical activity into your day, making wise food and beverage choices, and connecting with friends and loved ones on a regular basis outside of work. If your Avilla Home has a maintenance issue that is interfering with your workday, let us know – we are committed to serving you throughout this difficult time!