Working from home is becoming very popular because a lot of companies are hiring people to work remotely.
If you think that working from home can be freeing, you should know that it can also be very hard. To work from home productively, we suggest you follow these 10 Essential Tips For Working From Home.
10. Don’t work where you sleep
Often the needs and logistics of every home and family influence and dictate the choice. So there is not a lot of picky people to do, but try to avoid to work where you sleep. It is true that in many bedrooms there are excellent desks, but 8 hours of sleep plus 8 hours of work (at least …) in the same room does not help at all.
If you are lucky to have an extra studio or room, good for you, you will receive your “home office” with a few adjustments. Otherwise, you can use your living room table. Instead, avoid the kitchen.
9. Don’t wear pajamas
The temptation is: you wake up, you are in a hurry to turn on the PC and take away the thought of the first-morning task and stay dressed as you are.
Quite right? Mistaken. Working in pajamas gives a bad input to the brain, it gives a sense of vacation and slovenliness. And then part of the webcam on the first video call on Skype, you look bad.
8. Don’t bring the PC to the kitchen
The kitchen is the place to be further away for two reasons: one, you will save a cascade of crumbs or leftovers from the keyboard of your laptop; two, you will have an extra-working place in which to isolate yourself from the commitments and tasks of productivity (it must not be the only one).
Not only that: you will preserve the independence of the lunch break and stop for a snack.
7. Headphones always connected
The phone will ring as if not more than the office. Only at home, it is not the landline, therefore, it is good practice to prevent headaches, hot ears, and other much more unpleasant side effects: a good pair of headphones, wireless or not, are definitely for us.
The ideal is to always keep them connected to your smartphone because otherwise, the urgent call without warning but difficult to postpone turns into an hour and twenty of brains in the microwave.
6. Choose the right chair
The chairs at home are not office chairs, you know. Yet you will have to sit there for hours and hours, so if the posture is wrong physique, mood and productivity will be affected greatly.
If you aim for long-lasting smart working, buy an office armchair and it doesn’t cost a fortune. If you only have to manage a short period, there are supports to be applied to normal chairs that correct posture, shoulders, column, neck.
5. Avoid radio and TV
In most cases, it is just a sensation, with a few basic principles. TV and radio in your ears don’t make you concentrate more: if it’s okay, they slow down your work, if it’s bad, they massacre you.
We will already have to deal with (at least) two screens for work operations – PCs and smartphones, not to mention any tablets and smartwatches – so not overdoing it becomes the rule. After all, we are working.
4. Don’t Wake Up Late
Set the alarm to the usual time, maybe a quarter of an hour later just to give you the impression that you are getting a few minutes of sleep.
But do not exaggerate: you will not have to face the traffic but you can sit at the desk with calm, concentration and tranquility, without getting anxious and having a nice breakfast with all the time available to enjoy the aroma of coffee and bread with jam.
3. Plan the day
It is important to set goals and deadlines for the day and to establish and respect working hours.
They do not necessarily have to coincide rigidly with the usual ones in the office (as long as they are compatible with those of colleagues): try to make the most of the moments of the day when you are most productive.
2. Connect with your colleagues
The technology offers numerous solutions, from Skype to Slack and similar applications, to keep you connected with colleagues and superiors.
It is obviously fundamental when you are carrying out a collaborative activity, but it also serves to demonstrate your presence and cement mutual trust.
1. Take a break
The risk of remote working is to remain glued to the computer for hours and hours non-stop but after a while the concentration decreases and the performance equally. Take small periodic breaks, get up, stretch your legs, take your lunch break away from the screen.
Then try to stick to the working hours: if you have managed to finish the day’s tasks, close everything and don’t drag on.
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