Many of you currently have to work from home because of the special circumstances. For some of you it is routine, as you were already working regularly from your home office before the crisis. For some, working from home can be a rather new way of working. To make sure that you work from home as productively as you do in the office, we would like to share with you 10 tips for a successful home office.
1. Assign yourself a permanent workplace in your home
The first and most important step is to set up a permanent workplace. This should be free of distractions such as television or music. Choose a place where you can easily separate work from your free time. A room where you can close the door while you work would be very helpful. Because a closed door means that you are out of sight of your flatmates and can keep all distractions away from you.
2. Start & end the day with a routine
It is important to mark the beginning and end of a working day. Think about a morning routine that takes you to work. It could already be cooking the morning coffee. Choose something that puts you in a working mood and draws a clear line between the end of leisure time and the beginning of work.
The same applies to the end of a working day. It is important to get out of the working posture. Be aware that the end of the working day has been reached and that your free time starts now. In the office, you simply leave the building and in the best case, your head is directly detached from work. However, if home and workplace are the same, you should set up a routine that will noticeably end your working day for you.
3. Slip into your Office Mindset
The mental link you make between work and the office makes you more productive. Do not change your usual routine. Set your alarm clock, get up early. Wear something you would wear in the office. Stay professional, even if no one is watching.
4. Plan your day
Working from home can be associated with many possible distractions. It will therefore help you to structure your day. Set the To Do’s that you want to have done by the end of the day. This will also pay off for your work-life balance. Clear guidelines for when you work and when you don’t work will help you keep it balanced.
5. Take breaks
Remember to take a deep breath in between. Even if the schedule is tight, it is important to take time off. Small breaks in between stimulate your creativity and let your mind wander. It is best to move away from your workplace. Change your perspective. Maybe you can grab a coffee from the baker or a nearby café during your break?
Working from home can sometimes take you so much that you lose the sense of time completely. Set an alarm clock to remind you of breaks and the end of the day.
6. Set boundaries
If you share your home with others, you should agree basic rules with them that apply during your working hours. Tell your children what is ok and what is not ok when you work. The people who live with you will see you at home and might quickly think that you are off work. Explain to them that this is the way you work and that they should not disturb you during this time. Working from home means not being at home. The more often they see you doing your work assignments at home, the sooner they will understand that this is the time when you focus on business.
You should also decide for yourself what you can and cannot do during your working hours.
7. Stay in touch with your colleagues
Isolation and loneliness are common problems of people who work from home. It can quickly make you feel isolated. Therefore, you should contact your colleagues regularly. Find out how much interaction you need to feel connected and enclosed. Use tools for video calls and instant messengers. That way you can keep in touch with your colleagues.
8. Get some fresh air once in a while
Leave the house at least once a day. The movement outside will do you good and prevent the ceiling from falling on your head. Your body and health will thank you for the natural light and fresh air.
9. Be proud of your achievements
At the end of the day, you may feel that you haven’t done enough. A lot of people feel that way when they work from home. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what you have achieved. Make a list of the things you have completed in your working hours. Such a daily list can help you feel better and show you how much you have actually reached. It also helps you to stay focused and keep track of your tasks.
Don’t be afraid to do more than you can do in one day. Dare to overestimate what you want to do during the day. Even if you don’t achieve all your goals for the day, you’re sure to get a lot of to-do’s done.
10. Be positive!
Try to always have a smile on your face. Laughter affects your voice. The less you really see your colleagues or customers, the less they will understand how to place your pitch. If you smile while you speak, your voice will automatically sound friendlier and more positive. Apart from that, laughing brightens your mood.
Also use emojis in emails to your colleagues to better express your emotions 🙂