At first glance, there’s a lot about working from home that’s more efficient than working from an office. After all, without a commute to handle, all you have to do is open your laptop and you’re ready to go for the day. There also aren’t any co-workers to distract you (unless the dog counts), and you’re less likely to find yourself pulled into meetings in which you’re not actually needed.
Still, with that flat screen TV just a room away and a fridge full of delicious food, there are plenty of ways to get off task when you’re working on your own. Here are a few essential steps you’ll want to consider taking so that you can stay on top of your game.
1) Create an Entirely Ergonomic Setup
Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you should work from the couch. Not only is doing so likely to lull you into a deep sleep, but it’s also hard on your musculoskeletal system. The same is true for your laptop’s keyboard, which, if you’re doing a lot of typing, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and painful surgeries. To prevent this, we highly recommend setting up your own ergonomic workspace, with an ergonomic keyboard, mouse and laptop and tablet stand. You’ll get much more done and you’ll do it much more efficiently when you’re working in ergonomic comfort.
2) Take a Lunch
When you work from home, boundaries go out the window. As such, it’s easy to find yourself blurring your personal and work time, doing things like reading through your lunch time. Do your body and your brain a favor and take a real break. There’s only so long you can work efficiently, and lunch time is essential for recharging.
3) Stay in Frequent Touch With the Office
Just because you’re not physically there, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be there. Keeping in good touch with your co-workers throughout the day, whether through email or Skype meetings, will ensure you know what’s happening and what you should be doing, even as projects change.
For more on this subject, we highly recommend reading, 7 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity When You Work From Home.
How do you stay on task when you work remotely? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.