Set your hours
To set yourself up for success working from home, schedule your day just as you would going into the office. Of course, with remote work, you are able to be a bit more flexible in your hours, but don’t take advantage of not having to go into an office by sleeping. Communicate with your manager so they know when you’re online and when you might be away from your desk. If your team is new to working from home, we recommend using a shared calendar to track when you’ll be away for lunch, breaks etc. as well as organizing regular touch bases. On the flip side, when working from home it’s easy to lose track of time, so be sure to know when to turn off from work when you are done for the day.
What tools do you need?
Working remote last minute?
It's important to plan ahead!
Before you start working from home, ensure you have all the tools you need (ie: laptop, high-speed internet, applications, phone-line etc.) to get your job done. Your manager or IT team at work should be able to get you set up with anything you’re missing, but it’s important to plan ahead so you don’t find yourself at home trying to get your webcam to work 2 minutes before a video conference. If you’re a freelancer you may have a lot of this set up already, but be sure you know what is required of your specific assignment.
Plan it out
Do you work remote full-time? Are you a freelancer who works on projects from home? From fully remote roles, to roles with some work-from home-flexibility, to freelancing, we understand that while the idea of working from home might seem like the perfect reality, there are a number of things you have to consider to ensure you’re set up for success. We’re breaking down our top tips and best practices for working from home.
While juggling work and any other distractions that may come up while working from home, it is important to have a schedule to go back to. Prioritize your top 5 things to do for the day, plus a few additional things that may take less time or are not as pressing that you can do at the end of the day. Having a to do list with projects to cross off will keep you productive all day long working remote. A project management tool that you and your team can use to keep track of assignments and deadlines is especially helpful when working from home so you can keep yourself on task everyday.
As tempting as lounging in pajamas all day sounds, getting dressed for the day will help you mentally get into work mode, even when working from home. You do not need to dress up in full business attire, but waking up, and getting ready for the day (brushing your teeth, doing your hair, etc.) will help you set a different tone between staying in on a weekend and staying in because you work remote. It will also ensure you're prepared for any video conferences or meetings you have throughout the day!
Just like when you go to work you have an assigned desk (or area) set up for you, you should do the same for your work from home practices. Stay away from your bed and bedroom so that you are able to quickly check into work mode. Our suggestions include your dining room table, a desk set up in your living room, or a spare bedroom that could double as a home office. Make sure that the space is clean and quiet and has things that will inspire you, not distract you.
Turn off distractions
Working remote last minute?
We are always getting different alerts, notifications, beeps, buzzes, and chats on our phones and laptops, so it is extremely easy to get distracted. Of course, it is important to communicate with your team throughout the day, especially when working from home, just make sure it isn’t through Instagram DMs. If turning your phone on do not disturb is helpful, that might be the perfect solution for you. Another suggestion is to try time blocking, allowing certain amounts of time to complete each task, with breaks in between. If you’re using your home as your office, there are even more potential distractions like roommates, pets or that show you’re watching on Netflix. Treat your home-office like your real office and give the task at hand your full attention.
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