Mastering the Art of Working from Home

by | May 13, 2024 | Business Ownership

Working from home isn’t the same as it used to be. Years ago, working from home was a difficult venture, and because of limitations in technology, many people just couldn’t do it effectively. Thanks to advancements like Zoom™ and Asana™, work outside of the office is much easier to complete, and it’s becoming more popular than ever before.  

But just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that the work is easy. There are plenty of distractions that make remote work a nightmare, but with a few simple tricks you’ll be a pro in no time!  Let’s check some of them out. 

Have a designated workspace. 

People fall into bad habits when working from home because they treat it differently than when they are at work. Between your kids, pets, other family, and all your stuff at home, it can be easy to get caught up with that instead of focusing on work. By having a dedicated workspace for your job and nothing else, you’ll be helping your own focus and productivity.  

When you walk into your work area, a switch can occur in your mindset, just like it would when you walk into your job space every morning.  

Have designated work hours. 

This tip comes from the same line of thought as the previous one. Treat your time working from home the same as you would if you were going into the office. If your job allows it, you can probably work whatever hours you want if they are consistent, so find what works best for you and stick to it. 

Doing this can also help you avoid burnout in the mornings. Having a set time to start working instead of getting to it right when you wake up will help you remember to have that morning routine just like you would with an office job.  

Take breaks. 

Designated break periods throughout the day aren’t only important to those working from home … everybody should be taking advantage of them! Whether it’s a 15-minute break or a full lunch hour, there are plenty of benefits to taking them in full.  

Here are just a few of the benefits you can experience from a break while working: 

  • Renewed energy 
  • Increased motivation 
  • Better sleep 
  • Improved productivity 
  • Better memory 
  • More creativity 

While those daily breaks are important, it’s also just as important to remember to take time off just as you would when working non-remotely. Vacation days are meant to be used so that you can give your mind and body those well-deserved recharging periods. If you don’t use them, they go to waste. The same goes for sick days. Plenty of people will work from home even when they’re sick, and if you don’t allow yourself to heal with proper rest and relaxation, you won’t recover as quickly.  

Do the work. 

Working from home is a wonderful alternative that allows people to be just as productive (and in some cases even more so) as they would if they were working in a true office setting. The trick is sticking to it and actually doing the work. If you can master that, then you can master the art of working from anywhere. 

Another great skill to develop when working from home is time management. Head to our time management hacks blog for tips and tricks!