Your boss has approached you and said that you don’t need to come into the office tomorrow and that you can work from home instead. How should you approach it? Here are a few tips that we think will keep you focused in a different working environment.
Get up at your normal hour
It is vital to get off to a good start, and that means getting up at an acceptable time. As tempting as it may be to hit the snooze button, we strongly suggest getting up when you usually would. Not only will your body be used to a certain hour, but getting up late immediately sets a bad precedent for the rest of the day. In this vein, do your best to then follow your normal routine. If that means having a shower and a coffee, then so be it. Act as if you were going to leave the house for the office.
Have a designated work space
In order to be productive, know where you’re going to work and make sure that there aren’t any distractions around you. This most probably means not working in your bedroom, where the temptations of duvet and pillows are all too real. Research has also shown that intertwining work and personal spaces can bring stress into your sleep routine. Also, try to refrain from social media! It is far too easy to flick your phone on and check Facebook when you’re at home. You wouldn’t do it in the office, so be firm with yourself at home!
Commit to a schedule
It is key for productivity to treat this day as being no different to any other. Perhaps begin by writing out your tasks for the day. Not only does it help give you a clear set of goals, but your manager wants to know what you’re up to, then you can tell them. A schedule gives you structure and purpose to your day. Furthermore, at lunchtime maybe take a walk and grab some lunch out? Fresh air is good for you and can help to keep you motivated in the afternoon. Whilst not having to work your usual hours is a perk, don’t slip into a false sense of security.
One of the worst things that you can do is feel too casual whilst working from home. You wouldn’t go to the office in your pyjamas (as fun as that might sound) and for that reason you shouldn’t do the same at home. Getting changed will help you get into a working mind-set, and if you’re called in for whatever reason, then you’re not woefully underprepared.
Communicate with colleagues
If you’re not in sight of your colleagues it is vital that there’s transparency about your plans. Be prompt at replying to emails or phone calls in order that no productivity is lost due to your office absence. Clear communication is key to avoiding crossed wires and vital to ensuring that working from home doesn’t become a hindrance. If you’re used to working with other people, frequent contact will also help to avoid boredom and loneliness.