In our last two blogs about homeworking (read here and here), we described how homeworking has become a popular trend among professionals and the advantages and disadvantages associated with this mode of working. In this blog, we will explore a list of ten tried and tested tips and tricks suggested by various experts for successful homeworking.
- Create an office space inside home. Start by separating work from the rest of your home. Set aside either a room, or a workstation or at the very least a desk in a quiet area in your home. Here is where you keep your laptop or PC connected to the internet, phone, other technical gadgets, documents, stationery etc.
- Hone your multitasking abilities. Successful homeworking requires multitasking abilities. On one hand, you must meet your work deadlines and on the other hand, you will need to answer the doorbell too! Therefore, even when it sounds like homeworking is the key to a better work-life balance, you soon realise that a lot of other skills are needed to unlock its potential benefits.
- More efficiency is the key. When at home, the demands of your personal life often overwhelm you. Hence, you must be more efficient in managing your work schedule and deliverables. Therefore, be prepared to hold your laptop or office phone in one hand and the feeding bottle for your baby in another, should the occasion arise!
- Get help. When you have a small baby, elderly parents, or another family member to take care of at home, it is always recommended to arrange for professional assistance or even help from your relatives. It is important to ensure that most of your working hours are not be eaten away by personal obligations. Knowing that your family is well taken care of will also put you at ease and help you concentrate in your work.
- Have a specific lunch time. Treat your home office as an actual office and have your lunch at your desk preferably at a time when you would have had your lunch at office. It will not only give you a feeling of being in office, but will also help you plan for the next half of the day.
- Wear work attire. This might sound a little weird but it is true that the way you dress also gives you a feeling of being in a formal office environment. Starting your work day in pyjamas might be relaxing for sure but this might make you feel a tad too relaxed and casual about your work. This is also the age of video calls, and you don't want your colleagues or your boss to know what your pyjamas look like. So, it is better to stay dressed in work attire during working hours at home.
- Turn off social media. If you are not working as a social media professional at your office, it is always advisable that you refrain from using social media for personal reasons when homeworking. This keeps you focused on your work and reduces a lot of distractions – Facebook and Twitter can wait until your work hours are over for the day.
- Use the latest technology and be reachable. You should start using latest technologies like Skype for video conferencing, Slack for internal communication, and digital meeting platforms such as Convene that help you easily create a virtual working environment even when at home. Apart from being updated about office related matters, this also gives you a sense of belonging and the option to collaborate with your colleagues as you would have done in office.
- Go outside on breaks. Just like in an office, do not forget to take short breaks while working from home. Take small breaks, make some calls, go out in the open and breathe freely even if it is just for a few minutes. Numerous studies have proven that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one's ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods. Even an afternoon tea break can help you focus on the task as hand.
- Keep in touch with office. Try to go to your office as often as you can to meet colleagues and your boss. It is also important to ensure that your boss or manager is aware of your homeworking schedule, your work, and deliverables. Working from home at length often brings in a feeling of exclusion – you feel that you are left out of important events, meetings, and other official matters. Hence, visiting the office is also an important aspect of homeworking.
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