I’ve been working from home for over 10 years and have learned a lot about what helps you be successful! When I started, the company I was with had just begun to offer it as an option. So, there weren’t many people who were doing it yet. But now, more and more companies are allowing their employees to work remotely. The trend is growing exponentially because of all the benefits that come with remote work: reduced office space costs, fewer commuting problems, better employee retention rates. And don’t forget that your employees will also benefit by having less time away from their families or other personal commitments they need to tend to in order for them to stay healthy and happy!
Tip One: Don’t Be Afraid of the “Office”
One way to make it feel like you’re working from an office is by using a good quality headset. I used to work with my laptop perched on top of a pile of files, and sound would echo around in the room so much that I couldn’t hear anything. Nowadays, I use headsets for everything! When they say ‘noise-cancelling’ technology they mean business. That’s really helped me stay focused when there are distractions at home or if traffic picks up outside on the road during rush hour while trying to enjoy your morning coffee.” ~~Jane (a pseudonym)
The first tip is one that many remote workers can relate to. You’re going to be tempted to work from home, but you’ll fight off that temptation if your space feels like an office! One way is by investing in a quality headset for the computer. When it comes down to it: “Noise-cancelling” technology means business.
Tip Two: Find a Quiet Space
Here’s another great tip – find a quiet space at home and use noise canceling headphones when listening or talking on the phone.” ~~Jane (a pseudonym)
The second tip is one of those that every remote worker can relate with. If you want some peace indoors then always try and find yourself somewhere peaceful! For example, my wife has created her own little ‘quiet zone’ in our house. It’s an upstairs room that has been turned into a bedroom with windows on the outside of it, and she just places her computer in there to get some peace from noise!
Tip Three: Exercise at Home
If you’re not one for going out running or even walking around your neighbourhood then why not take up exercises such as yoga or pilates? Both are great ways to keep fit without having to go anywhere else than on your own home.” ~~Sam (a pseudonym)
Exercise is important- so if you can’t make time for this during work hours then try doing things like Pilate’s at home instead!” ~~John (a pseudonym)
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Tip One: Put your phone on Do Not Disturb Mode. This is a great way of creating some peace and quiet in this busy world, as the constant bombardment of notifications from our social media accounts will be put to bed until you are ready for them again! Remember that it can take up to an hour before things go back to normal so don’t turn off DND mode if you’re about halfway through a task or something important.
Tip Two: Make sure all other devices are turned off when working at home too. That means TVs, radios and even video games consoles should all be switched off during work hours- not just your phone! In fact, any time spent using these gadgets doesn’t count as productive anyway because you’re not giving your all to the task in hand!
Tip Three: Unplug from social media. Social media has a way of being addictive and it’s easy for us to go down this rabbit hole on our lunch break or when we should be thinking about other things, but if you want success with working remotely then you need to find ways to stop checking these sites at specific times every day- even though they are never more than five minutes away by opening up another tab.
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There will always be something going on during work hours so don’t feel bad if you have notifications going off during those times.
Tip Four: Stay on task at all costs. This is the best way to avoid procrastination and it will help you stay focused because your mind won’t be wondering around with thoughts of “What if? What about?”
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Tip One: Make sure you have a good desk space so that you are comfortable while working from home! It’s also important for us to make sure we take breaks often throughout the day or else our body gets worn out fast which causes fatigue
Get a high speed internet connection -Work in an office with natural light and ample space to spread out work items.
Take the time to predict how your day will go so you can plan accordingly for any needs that might arise because of it (i.e., snacks, water).
Keep a strict schedule. Don’t allow yourself extra hours when you are supposed to be wrapping up or taking lunch breaks on time; this includes weekends too! Keep those days sacred by working through them as if they were like any other weekday unless there was some sort of emergency.
Investigate local coffee shops where you could set up shop temporarily during crunch times but still have access to wifi, power outlets, and food.
Invest in a noise cancelling headset so you can block out the distractions of office chatter and focus on what matters most to you, your work!
Don’t be afraid to take breaks throughout your day for some fresh air or stretching time. You will find yourself more refreshed after doing this than if you had no break at all.
Be mindful about where you are placing items that could become tripping hazards (i.e., cords). Disable any notifications from potential interruptions while working as well–this includes those alerts from Facebook, Twitter, email messages..etc.–and put them away until they’re absolutely needed later on during the day because these types of things are just too tempting otherwise; and also, don’t be afraid to turn the volume down on your phone and put it away in a drawer so you’re not tempted by Facebook or Twitter notifications.
During a work day, give yourself at least an hour for lunch–this break will even help with concentration later when you get back into work mode because it allows time to clear your head from all of that focus time.
If possible, try to take small breaks every couple hours during the day instead of one long break once per day; this way, you’ll have more energy throughout the entire workday than if you were working nonstop without any pauses (which is never recommended).
Create boundaries where necessary: limit access to certain rooms in your house to avoid distractions, and also set up a specific work space for when you’re working from home so that it’s easy to get into the right mindset. -If possible, use noise cancelling headphones or earbuds in order to block out any background noises–this will help you focus on what’s important (namely: getting things done!) more quickly without wasting time trying to decipher whether certain sounds are coming from outside of your door or not. -Don’t let yourself be easily distracted by social media if at all possible; instead, make an effort to limit how often you check these channels during the day because this can take away valuable productivity hours. -Keep caffeine nearby; as