Just started working from home, or are you still struggling after working remotely for a while?
We’ve got your back.
This article focuses on how to get set up to work effectively from home.
We’ll dig into detail on several things you need to do to get set up and rock your work-from-home life.
We want to give you some insight into what you’ll need to get set up for work-from-home success.
Here are five things you need to consider to be successful working from home.
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This is, perhaps, the most important determining factor in whether you succeed or fail working from home.
Working on your couch, your porch or other non-traditional spots is okay. However, we highly recommend you have a secluded spot in your home dedicated to working. One where all distractions can be shut out with the simple closing of a door.
If that’s not possible, designate a spot in your house to work, and ensure everyone understands that spot is off-limits when you’re hard at work.
No matter what your role or what company you work for, there will be some level of communication and collaboration involved.
You’ll want to have things like a computer, high-speed internet, a reliable phone (or VoIP service), online communication tools like email and chat, a high-quality printer, a camera for video chats, and a collaborative tool to share documents and work together.
You’ll want to have the traditional office supplies in place as well. Things like a pen (or pencil) and paper can be hugely helpful. If you are on a video call and you don’t have an additional monitor to work on, you’ll need another source to take notes.
A trusty old pad and pen can do the trick. Sticky notes are still great, and a filing cabinet might even be helpful, depending on your type of work.
To Do List
This can look however you want, but the important thing is that you have it in place. A simple list or even a robust project management tool.
You need something to keep your days, weeks, and even months in order. Make sure you list out all of your important tasks each day to ensure you accomplish them and then have a full list available so you can easily see the bigger picture of what needs to get done.
Without this, you can easily find yourself going off track.
Working from home can be great, but it brings some of the same stresses you might run into at the office, plus some new ones.
Create a stress-free space, whether in your home, on a walking path nearby, on your back porch, or even just in front of the tv.
Make sure you take breaks, get up, walk around and unwind. Don’t fall into the trap of sitting in front of your computer for 9 to 10 hours at a time (or more).
With these five things in place, you’ll be nicely set up to get off to a positive start working from home. Stay tuned to The Spark for more articles on helping you be successful working remotely.
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