Recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people are enjoying the benefit of working from home. For companies, this is a perfect opportunity to see the benefits of having a work from home policy and allowing their employees to have more flexibility and choose if they would like to work remotely. However, some people might find it hard to stay focused, find the willpower to get started on their tasks and projects, or stick to a routine.
Let's explore how you can make the most out of working from home and overcome challenges that come with it.
Creating a dedicated workstation
We are all guilty of occasionally sending an email or two or replying to a chat from our bed while working from home. It is entirely possible to perform your tasks from the comfort of your bed but it is far from an optimal working environment you should create for yourself.
If you want to be able to focus on work you will have to find a quiet place for yourself. Choose an isolated place where you can create a workstation for yourself. If your apartment size allows it, you should dedicate a complete room to a home office.
If however, your living conditions don't allow you to dedicate a whole room for a workstation you can always choose to pick a suitable corner of your living room, bedroom, or even kitchen where you can place your workstation.
Since you will be spending a lot of f time behind a desk, you should certainly invest in a quality desk. A traditional one, a standing one, or a combination of both will work, just make sure you have enough space for your laptop, monitor, and other office supplies you require to perform your daily tasks efficiently.
You will spend most of your day at home sitting, so you have to find a suitable chair for yourself. A chair that will help you maintain a good posture while you work. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair will distract you from working and you might find yourself often leaving your dedicated workspace to do laps around the house.
A comfortable chair does not have to be expensive, IKEA has a variety of comfortable chairs for all budgets, so go out and try one.
Having enough light should also be a factor when creating a workstation for yourself. During the day you should keep your window blinds open so natural light can enter the room. If you work at night, you should invest in a lamp, preferably a LED lamp that mimics natural lighting.
Remember that while you work from home that your home is not just an office, it is a place where you live. Secure yourself a comfortable place where you can relax and keep your mind of work.
Let's summarize how to create a good dedicated workstation
- Find a quiet place for your workstation
- Dedicate a room to your workstation if possible
- Invest in a good table and chair
- Make sure you have enough light
- Remember to relax
Creating a working environment
When you are working from home it is entirely possible to do all your work in pajamas but it might make you counterproductive.
To make yourself as productive as possible you might want to consider dressing up for work. This doesn't mean you have to dress formally. When you get up for work, dress as you would for a casual day at the office. This will help you get into the right state of mind, you will signal your brain that it's time for work!
You should define your working hours and stick to them. Just because you are home doesn't mean you should check your emails at night time or that you are allowed to slack during the day.
If you normally work at your office from 9 to 17, you should work from 9 to 17 at home also. This will ensure a more smooth transition from working at the office to working from home.
You should do your best to eliminate the most common distractions you face at home.
Let your household members know that just because you are home you are always available to interact with them. Let them know your working hours and respect your privacy during those working hours.
Thinking of Netflix? Make sure that your workstation is TV free as you might find yourself tempted to binge-watch your favorite show while you are supposed to be concentrated on work. If there is a TV in the room where your workstation is located, turn it off.
Your biggest obstacle might happen to be Social Media, if you find yourself checking for notifications or new tweets every five or ten minutes sit will be very hard to snap back into the working mindset.
Try to avoid Social Media altogether during the working hours you set for yourself. Turn the notifications off and set your mobile device to the side. Out of sight, out of mind.
Let's summarize how to create a good working environment.
- Dress for work
- Define your working hours
- Let your household members know you are working
- Turn the TV off
- Avoid social media
Track your work
To make sure you finish all the tasks you have for the day you might want to consider using a time tracking software.
You might be asked to provide notes for what you did every day, this is where time tracking app comes into play. Your superiors can easily see what you have been up to and what you accomplished each day.
You might also need all this data if you are working as a freelancer to provide to your clients and be able to bill them correctly.
With a time tracking application you can easily log your work and hours spent working.
With TeamBench, in particular, you can:
- Easily measure your performance at any time by looking at real-time statistics.
- Export your data for further analysis.
- Track your work with Realtime tracking