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Are you managing to work from home effectively?

Working from home is not for everyone. People change their careers for many reasons but often working from home on a more regular basis or permanently is a big part of their reason. Others prefer to simply go to the office each day for reasons of their own.

This year though, almost everyone is required to work from home, whether they opt for it or not. It is not a choice given to them but a necessity.  And whilst working from home can have its challenges, it can potentially have many benefits as well. For this reason, a lot of companies are working to making it more the norm then the exception.

So I would like to share what could potentially be a few benefits and downsides to working from home as well as give you some productivity tips that will help you to stay focussed and motivated.

First , let’s list what could be a few benefits and downsides to working from home. What is a benefit for one could also be a downside for someone else but let’s consider the bigger picture.

Benefits –
> flexibility  (working when you want and how you want)
> no commuting
> no office attire
> less stress
> you could be more productive when not in the office
> better work-life balance
> saves on costs

Downsides –
> lack of discipline
> could lead to less productivity (more distractions)
>  no face-to-face interaction with colleagues
> too many virtual meetings (hard to communicate)
> less of a great office setup (limitations to having the right equipment)

So whichever your experience right now, we can all benefit by being more productive when working from home. Here are some great productivity tips to keep you motivated and focussed:

  • find that perfect place in your home to create your office (the most peaceful, inspirational and light place)
  • make sure you have the right equipment in place to do your job
  • create a daily routine for yourself, a work from home schedule (make your plan as if you were at the office, block your time out using Google calendar, time for work, time for breaks, time for lunch)
  • stay disciplined to working when you say you will work (use a timer if necessary for a solid hour of work, minimise distractions as much as possible)
  • have an accountability partner (a coworker, former colleague, mentor or friend to check in with and keep on track)
  • take your breaks, do regular exercise (block these times as well)
  • eat healthy foods, stay hydrated
  • connect virtually with your co-workers at certain times to keep the interaction
  • make sure you sign-off at the end of the day and close your office until the next morning