How to make working from home work for you
Are you one of the growing number of people who have chosen to work from home? Working from home has become increasingly popular in the last few years, and for many people, it provides a solution to mounting travel costs, a lack of time, and difficulty establishing a work-life balance. If you’re thinking about spending more time at home, or you’ve recently switched to a home base, here are some tips to help you ensure your new arrangement works for you.
Setting aside a dedicated space
Although it’s wonderful to think about lazing around on the sofa wearing pyjamas with a laptop perched on your knee, this is a rose-tinted vision of working from home. The reality is that you can’t run a business from your bed or host clients in a dressing gown. You need to ensure that you have a dedicated space. It’s best to maintain some distance from the busiest areas in the house and to choose a room that has the space and light you need. Whether you are setting up an office, a studio, a gallery, or a treatment room, you need to be able to focus.
Kitting out your workspace
When you work at an office, you have everything at your disposal. You’ve probably got a computer, a phone and a tablet, as well as access to printers, photocopiers and technology that enables you to participate in video calls and conferences. If you’re working from home, you need to ensure that you have everything you need to do your job to the best of your ability. As well as investing in gadgets and technology, you may also wish to think about upgrading your broadband package and devising contingency plans. If there’s a power cut, for example, how would you go about your daily business? Checking out reviews of the best solar generator may come in handy if you’re determined to be prepared for every eventuality. I have known a few people who have taken advantage of generator’s while their neighbours looked on rather helpless. It’s also wise to ensure your phone is set up and ready if you plan to work on the go. Download the apps and software you need, and ensure your contacts are up to date.
Adjusting to a new routine
There’s an assumption that you can work when you want if you’re based at home, but for many people, this isn’t the case. You may have to align with colleagues that work in offices, you might have to take different time zones into account, and you may have deadlines to meet. If you had set working hours and you decide to start spending more time at home, it’s a good idea to maintain this routine. If you get into a habit of working regular hours, this will help you to adjust to your new environment and ensure you’re able to get through your to-do list.
If you work from home, there’s every chance that your working day doesn’t involve chilling out in front of the TV and sending the occasional email. Working from home isn’t an easy way out and often, people find that they are actually a lot more productive than they were at the office. If you’ve made the switch, focus on creating a workspace that enables you to concentrate, invest in the equipment you need to do your job properly, and get into a routine that suits you, your colleagues, and your clients.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.