Many of us have always dreamt of working from the couch instead a desk. But now that the novelty has worn off, do we all really enjoy working from home? And how hard are we actually working? Many businesses owners think that work-from-home affects productivity and efficiency. In contrast, others believe that they are more productive when working from home.
Here are some tips to maximize the benefits of working from home:
1. Maintain a schedule
Maintaining a schedule and keeping your work time and personal time separate encourages you to stay productive while working and decreases work stress when you’re off the clock.
2. Dress well
Dressing like you are at work will make you feel more organized. If you think work from home in your pajamas, you’ll probably end up feeling lethargic. Dressing well is also important for any video meetings.
3. Create an environment
We know it’s tempting to work from bed, but it has its drawbacks. Creating a designated at-home office environment will work as a signal for your brain that it’s time to focus.
4. Stay connected with your colleagues
Staying in the loop with your co-workers helps you feel less isolated. Try to check in with them once or twice a week through phone, email, or messaging.
5. Take breaks
It might get overwhelming to work at full capacity for eight hours. Regular breaks will keep your brain on track and help to reduce distractions when you are working.
6. Track what works for you
Make a list of what you accomplish each day. Keep track of days when you feel more productive and try to understand why—did you take more breaks? Eat breakfast? This way you can learn what works for you!