The Five Golden Rules Of Working From Home

The Five Golden Rules Of Working From Home

As the global workforce becomes used to remote work, more and more people are setting up shop in their homes.

Working from home, surrounded by your essentials and critters, may seem ideal, but it’s quite the opposite. There is now a norm of always being available online; early morning Skype meetings and weekend-long email chains have eliminated the concept of “work-life balance.”

Working remotely presents its own set of difficulties, whether you do it regularly or only sometimes. Where should I start? What do I need to do to ensure my success? How do you maintain concentration and get things done? How do you compartmentalize your time so that work does not spill over into your personal life?

Here is a quick rundown of some of the crucial rules to get started with remote work.

Pick a workspace and keep your work there.

That office area might be an entire room or just a corner. Whatever you choose, it should be easy to see that it is meant to be a workplace and should not intrude on the rest of your house.

It’s purely coincidental that your house also serves as your office. But it’s not to say that the two locations are required to merge seamlessly into one another. You may find that you no longer like being at home without a fixed “anchor space” in the house where you can focus on your job.

Have a look at a few home office desks and choose the best one that fits your needs. The same goes for office chairs, you’d want one that’s ergonomic as you’ll be spending lots of time in it. Your body will thank you later. 

Work outside your home when you can.

These days, shared offices and coffee shops are viable options for getting work done. Going somewhere other than your house to get work done may seem contradictory.

When you start working from home, you might think you must constantly be there. It implies you may go outside whenever you choose and that your house doubles as your workplace.

While this doesn’t apply to all “work from home” scenarios, in the case of information processing jobs, where a laptop and an internet connection are typically required, it may be quite effective.

It injects some much-needed variety and newness into the mix. Having to find creative solutions to a wide range of digital nomad problems may also lead to fascinating conversations with like-minded people.

Break up the tasks into manageable pieces.

Avoid setting unrealistic goals. You can’t expect to finish huge swaths of work in one fell swoop. When people first begin working from home, that is one of the most unexpected things that can happen.

They could not maintain a continuous flow of work and instead had to resort to shorter, more focused sessions on various tasks.

How you act at work changes when you share a place with others. Humans emit a tiny field of energy whenever they are close. This energy alone may be enough spur to propel you to go well beyond your usual activity level.

That won’t occur while you’re by yourself at home, though. So, break up your work into manageable parts using a method like Getting Things Done (GTD) or the Pomodoro Technique.

Keep meticulous records of every day.

This is similar to maintaining a journal, except the focus is on professional rather than private matters. Always know exactly where you left off on each project, whether it was one day or one week ago, and how to get back to work in a couple of minutes by keeping a complete diary. It’s more of an accountability tool than a productivity booster, but the former is true.

You are in charge of your own schedule when you conduct business from home. And for those in managerial roles, you know it’s not simple. You need to keep detailed records of your team’s activities and the status of each project. After all, that’s the job of a boss.

It’s important to take on this managerial position when working from home; otherwise, you’ll quickly become mired in your own half-baked concepts and unending project scraps.

Head out and socialize.

One possible downside of a home office is the isolation it might cause. You need to get out more and maintain a healthy work-life balance that includes time spent both at home and away from it.

We satisfy a significant portion of our demand for social connection throughout the course of our typical workday, the portion of which typically takes place in an office setting. You won’t be able to access that particular section once you begin doing your job from the comfort of your home. Your urge for meaningful relationships, though, will endure.

To combat this, I decided to spend less time alone at my office and more time interacting with others. We’ll do everything to get out of the house or office, from seeing a movie to running in the park to grabbing beverages and chatting.

Albert Howard