With this current situation, many companies have allowed employees to work from home, both to ensure employee safety and to practice social isolation.
When working from home, you have to create a boundary between work and personal life. Here are my ten tips on how to work from home effectively.
1. Have a schedule
You need to set a specific plan and strictly follow that schedule.
When there is a clear plan, what time to work or when to rest, it will help remote workers to balance work and life. If you work without a specific time, it can be challenging to create a habit of maintaining.
For example, you can start writing down easy tasks such as
7:30 am: Wake up
8 am: Breakfast
You can also install a few applications to help you manage your time and work effectively. I love using Google Calendar and Time Rescue.
2. Clean your workspace
Having a tidy workspace helps!
There is evidence that a neat environment helps us to think more clearly.
For example, researchers from Navarra University found that volunteers who entered data were more likely to get it wrong in a cluttered environment, than when working in a tidy place.
3. Set rules with everyone in your space
When working from a distance and especially working from home, you cannot avoid sharing space with your loved ones. Therefore, you need to set rules with people when you are working.
For example, you can let your partner know that you are working from 9 am to 11:30 pm so they will not disturb your procedure.
4. Rest between working hours
You should follow your company’s policies and apply them to your work schedule. Typically, companies will allow an hour of lunch break and about 10-15 minutes of rest in the afternoon so you can regain your focus.
If you are a freelancer, allow yourself to have free time to get up and walk around in the house, or leave your workplace for a few minutes to relax.
Allow your body to rest during lunch break. Do not be workaholic (unless it is urgent and important)!
You can allow yourself to take a nap for about 15-20 minutes. According to research, a lunch break is a valuable time for you to recover energy before starting to enter the afternoon working hours.
5. Don’t push yourself too harsh
I understand that sometimes we lose focus, especially when working remotely.
You can work for about half an hour and start going to check other stuff. That is not good at all!
However, you need time to adjust to those habits. So don’t be too hard on yourself in the early stages when working from home.
6. Set a morning routine
Creating a habit in the morning and repeating that before you start working will help you more ready.
What part of your morning routine will help to tell you that you have started to work seriously?
It could be sipping a cup of tea or a coffee before you start, or taking a morning shower, or finishing breakfast.