Stick to Your Schedule
Two of the top ten reasons people prefer working from home are efficiency and flexibility. However, sometimes flexibility can be too much of a good thing. After establishing guidelines with your employer regarding your hours, create a schedule and stick to it. It is also important to be aware of “workaholic” tendencies. Many employees find it difficult to ignore their work during off times just because it is right there. This can cause those to work more hours, logging in time on nights and weekends. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain a work-life balance.
Don’t Forget to Move
When working from home, it can be easy to sit-down and work for eight hours straight without stopping. However, taking breaks is known to increase your productivity, creativity, and mental well-being. When working on creating your perfect daily schedule, don’t forget to include times to get up and move. Set your breaks and take them in their entirety. Get out of the house, exercise, take a walk, eat lunch, or just relax. Taking these times out of your day will help you avoid over-working and enhance your efficiency.
Collaborating with co-workers can be difficult when working remote. Although we can converse via phone, email, chat, or video conferencing, it is not the same meeting face-to-face. Due to this, communication can often be misunderstood or unclear. During times you are working from home, it is important to OVER communicate with your coworkers in order to remain on the same page. Let your team know your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or task, say so. This will help eliminate misunderstandings and keep you and your team on track.
Plan Extra Social Interactions
After working a few weeks at home, alone, staring at the same projects for long hours, it can get lonely (especially for extroverts). Offering your employees with ways to socialize is an important part of remote work culture. For example, video conferencing, chat channels, and group activities (after COVID-19 pandemic of course) are all great ways for coworkers to interact and bond. Figuring out how much interaction you need to feel connected and important is key to successfully working from home. Don’t forget to plan extra social with your team to stay connected.