Working from home has become a norm for most individuals. With no commute, in-person meetings or dress-code, working from home has become a comfortable way to merge work and home life with ease. While also being an easier and more convenient way to work, remote working also comes with one major drawback – distractions. Working from home can bring a variety of distractions throughout the workday. Here are a few tips to consider when working from home to create a positive work environment.
Create a List of Tasks
Creating a list of tasks that you need to complete while you are remote working will keep you on track throughout the day. At the beginning of the day, create a list of everything you need to complete and prioritize the most important tasks first. By creating a list of tasks, you will be less likely to become overwhelmed with your workload. In addition, creating a list of tasks to complete will keep you busy during the work day and you will be less likely to get distracted by things around your home.
Create a Home Work Space
When remote working, it is important to have a work space free from distractions. An office is an ideal place to work from home, however not everyone has access to this type of space in their home. Look for a quiet place in your home, such as a bedroom where you can easily set up and work. If possible, purchasing a desk for your workspace is highly recommended. If you are unable to purchase a desk, find a table where you can set up your workspace, such as a dining room table.
Establish Working Hours
Creating a set work schedule for remote working can keep you on track as you work throughout your day. Set a time for turning on your computer, working on specific tasks, lunch, and other important work assignments to keep yourself occupied. Without a set schedule, you may be inclined to take calls from friends and family, turn on the TV, or get distracted by other household tasks.
Set Boundaries With Others
Set expectations with friends and family that your remote working responsibilities are not time to hang out and do non-work related tasks. Let them know what hours you will be working and that you most likely will not be available to talk until lunch or after work. Setting boundaries for yourself and others will assist in being able to work effectively at home without distractions.
When working from home, it is important to remember to drink plenty of water. Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day will improve your work performance and keep you focused. Make sure you have a bottle of water next to you while you are working so you don’t continually have to run and grab more.
Take Brain Breaks
Working for eight or more hours straight without a break will quickly create an opportunity for burnout. Taking shorts breaks to stretch and move around will help reduce burnout as well as keep you motivated as you are remote working. Take 5-10 minutes to do some stretches, get out of your chair, and walk around. Brain breaks are helpful for productivity and will assist you in keeping up with your work as you go throughout the day.
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