Working from home is no longer something just a few special people get to do. More and more people are working from home. I, myself, was a work from home mom until I recently went back into real-world to wok but I’ve got to say, I think I may be going backward. Working from home is the future and the future is now.
I decided to work from home when I became a mother. I worked hard for my degrees. I educated myself and prepared myself for the business world. I made plans and then my plans changed. I had my daughter and suddenly, there was no greater success for me than to love her and to be present for as many of her moments as possible.
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Thankfully, I was able to parlay my education and experience in a career. I forged a new path and it really was one of the best things I’ve ever done. If we’re being honest, there’s no other place I’d rather be.
Whether you run a business from your home office or you work remotely, it’s crucial to aim for high productivity. Multi-tasking and organization are your best friends. If you’re a home worker looking to make the most of the workday, here are some tips to keep in mind when you work from home.
Establish a routine
When you work 9-5, you get up at a certain hour of the day, you schedule a time to get to work and you make sure that you’re at your desk between specific hours. With working from home, there’s a lot more flexibility, but that doesn’t mean that routines and patterns aren’t beneficial. They are more necessary than ever.
Contrary to popular beliefs and movie scenes, working from home doesn’t usually involve sitting in your PJs with a laptop propped on your knee and endless episodes of Friends running in the background (though some days it could, especially if I’m writing a piece on Friends.).
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If you’re based from home, it’s crucial to get into the habit of working to a schedule and creating a routine that suits you. Everyone is different, and have varied strengths and weaknesses. Play to your strengths. If you’re a morning person, get up early and start work as soon as you’re ready. You can adjust your working hours to suit individual clients or to cater for other commitments, but getting into a routine going will almost certainly boost productivity.
Make use of technology
Technology plays an increasingly influential role in the world of work. No matter what kind of job you have, it’s highly likely that you’ll benefit from using technology on a daily basis. If you’re working from home, you should ensure that you have access to all the technology and gadgetry you need to do your job to the best of your ability. If you spend hours working on a computer every day, it’s worth checking your security software and making sure you stay updated with apps and programs. Technology advances all the time, and if you’re using the same programs you downloaded a year ago, or you haven’t updated apps for months, you could be missing out on features or tools that will save you time and effort. There are all kinds of technological innovations that can benefit home workers, so it’s well worth keeping an eye on the market and looking into investments that could make life easier for you.
Outline clear objectives
Confusion can contribute to delays, so it’s always beneficial to outline clear objectives and make sure you know what each day holds. I live by a planner. I need things written down in black and white on a list. At the beginning of the week or the start of a new project, establish goals and targets, work out a schedule and ensure you know how to tackle the task in hand. If you have questions or queries, contact your boss or the client and seek clarification.
Working from home can provide flexibility and a better work-life balance. If you’ve recently started working at home, or if you’re thinking about switching to a home office, it’s worth exploring ways to ensure high levels of productivity. Get into a routine, design a schedule that works for you, make sure you have clear objectives and take advantage of innovative technology.