Many Americans are unfamiliar with working from home and how to put out as much work from home as they do while in the office. However, you can get just as much work, if not more, completed from the comfort of your own home by following these tips:
1. Make a to-do list:
Making a list of tasks or goals you want to get accomplished each day will help you stay on track and hold you accountable for getting your work done in a timely manner.
2. Stay on top of emails and calls
One way to make sure you do not fall behind on work is by keeping your email open and checking it between tasks to make sure you don’t fall behind in responding to clients, your boss or co-workers who need your attention. Some people find it more effective to only check their email so many times per day to eliminate distraction; however, when you are working remotely, you as well as your coworkers, are more dependent upon email and, thus, you should make sure you are actively monitoring your inbox.
3. Stick to a schedule
Many people think because they are working remotely they can pick and choose their work hours. However, you are more likely to get your to-do list accomplished if you start and end work at your regular hours. Thus, if you normally work 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., you should stick to that schedule and make sure to incorporate your normal breaks to keep up with your sense of normalcy during the workday.
4. Limit distractions
If the television, radio or other type of electronics will distract you from getting work done, you should find a location in your home free from such distractions and set up your work station in a way that allows you to focus on the task at hand.
While each person has their own ways of getting work accomplished, the above tips can help you stay on track while working from home!