How to make the most of your workday


Working from home is awesome, right up until the cat throws up on your computer. And your neighbor, who you can only assume is building a time machine, starts firing up all sorts of nguồn tools and noisy machinery across the street.

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COVID-19 has caused remote work khổng lồ become a necessity instead of a luxury for many professionals. But which environment allows us lớn be more productive: the trang chủ office or the office office?

In the office office, your colleagues often pose the greatest threat lớn keeping you from getting some real, heads-down work done. They drop by your desk, engage you in conversation, and invite you lớn lunch — or so I hear. The social benefits are nice to have, but they can become a challenge if you"re easily distracted.

However, at the trang chủ office, while family members can be a distraction, I find that it"s easy for you khổng lồ become your own worst enemy. Because without coworkers around, you’re free to drop those pesky inhibitions. At the trang chủ office, no one"s watching. You don"t necessarily feel that same peer pressure or communal obligation to get stuff done. (Also, you don"t have lớn wear pants.)

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Below, I"ve compiled many great work-at-home tips and tricks from some of my awesome coworkers.

How to Work From Home

Communicate expectation with anyone who will be trang chủ with you. Take clear breaks. Interact with other humans. Prepare meals the night before. Pick a definitive finish time. Eat & sleep. Talk khổng lồ your employer. Join a remote-friendly company. Start a career as a freelancer. Start a home business.

1. Communicate expectations with anyone who will be trang chủ with you.

Of course, you might be working from trang chủ but still have "company." Make sure any roommates, family members, and dogs (well, maybe not dogs) respect your space during work hours. Just because you"re working from home doesn"t mean you"re home.

If you share space with another work-from-home adult, you may have lớn lay ground rules about meeting times, shared desks and chairs, & quiet times.

CEO Sam Mallikarjunan tells how he manages to get work done even when people are around.

"If anyone else is going to be at trang chủ when you"re working, they just have khổng lồ be clear that when you"re in your "office" (in my case, my signal lớn the family is having headphones on), you"re working — even if it looks lượt thích and feels like you"re hanging out at home."

He continues, "It"s easy khổng lồ get distracted by the many things that have lớn be done around the house during the day."

2. Take clear breaks.

It can be so easy khổng lồ get distracted as a telecommuter that you avoid breaks altogether. Don"t let the guilt of working in the building you sleep in prevent you from taking five minutes lớn relax.

However rather than just opening YouTube & watching some comfort clips, use your breaks to get away from your desk. Go for a walk, enjoy fresh air, or spend time with others who might also be in the house.

Take Ginny Mineo"s advice. "Breaks, like making and eating lunch, can recharge you to bởi better work. Don"t assume you need to lớn be working 100% of the time while you"re trang chủ to be more productive."

3. Interact with other humans.

When your office starts working from home, you"ll likely miss the casual social interactions with colleagues you"re used to throughout the day. When working from home, you don"t have the small talk và other activities that make each day at the office unique.

So what can you do? Communicate.

Fight boredom & loneliness by frequent communication with other employees. Reach out to lớn them through clip chat via apps like Zoom và Slack, a hosted phone system, or however else your company communicates.

Remember: You"re working from home, not the moon. Interacting with other people during the day is allowed, even if they"re not your colleagues. It’s a good idea khổng lồ see another face during the day when most of your workday is solitary. So, use your breaks to lớn interact with others.

"Go outside và find a human to interact with — ordering your coffee, running an errand, whatever. It keeps you sane."

- Corey Wainwright

4. Prepare meals the night before.

When you"re in your own home, it can be tempting lớn spend time preparing a nice breakfast and lunch for yourself, chopping and cooking included. Don"t use precious minutes making your food the day of work — cook it the night before.

Preparing food ahead of time ensures you can use your meal times lớn eat and that you aren"t performing non-work tasks that spend energy better used at your desk.

Digital marketing strategist, Lindsay Kolowich, adds, "Cooking at home is time you wouldn"t have spent meal prepping if you"d been in the office that day, và I find the minutes can địa chỉ cửa hàng up in the end. To lớn mitigate that, I try to lớn cook and prep my meals the night before, just lượt thích I would for a day at the office."

5. Pick a definitive finishing time.

You might be under the impression that working from trang chủ establishes more work-life balance, but be careful with that assumption.

Working from home can also feel lượt thích being at a casino — you can get so caught up in your activity, in a relaxing environment, that you chiến bại complete track of time.

"If you work from home full-time (or regularly), it’s really easy to let your work life bleed into your personal life," says Tyler Littwin.

He continues, "Maintaining a boundary is important for both halves of the equation."

In lieu of coworkers, whose packing up & leaving the office reminds you to vày the same, phối an alarm at the kết thúc of the day to lớn indicate your normal workday is coming khổng lồ an end. You don"t have khổng lồ stop at exactly that time, but knowing the workday is technically over can help you start the process of saving your work & calling it quits for the evening.

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6. Eat và sleep.

What is the biggest perk to lớn working from home? One of the biggest benefits for some people (me), is complete access khổng lồ the kitchen.

As soon as I take a break, I automatically drift towards the kitchen for some snacks.

An unhealthy diet can affect productivity and drain energy. When I switched lớn a healthier diet, it made me function better and get the most from my routine.

So eat well when working from home.

It"s also vital that you keep lớn a proper sleep schedule. Save binge-watching your favorite shows for the weekend. With the right food khổng lồ keep energy levels high and sound sleep lớn refresh your body and mind, you can make a success of working from home.

7. Talk to your employer.

If you lượt thích your current job & don"t want khổng lồ change it, the obvious step is to lớn find a way lớn pivot the position.

One of the tips for doing this is folding the possibility of going remote into your next promotion cycle. Talk lớn your boss often about your intention lớn pivot.

And, if you"re not sure your employer will agree khổng lồ working completely remotely, talk about the option of working remotely one or two days a week. When you use the work from trang chủ tips we"ve provided above, và your monster sees how productive you are, they could allow you more days to work from home.

8. Join a remote-friendly company.

If your work can be done remotely, but your current quái vật or organization doesn"t allow you to work from home, you might need khổng lồ get a new job.

When looking for a work-from-home job, you can use the same methods you used in finding your regular office job. This includes channels like job sites, local job ads, và social media platforms.

Job sites that menu work from trang chủ ads include:

Some remote-friendly firms include:

Check out these firms to see whether you meet the requirements khổng lồ start working remotely for them.

9. Start a career as a freelancer.

If your current job isn"t remote work-friendly, you can go remote by starting your own business as a freelancer or a consultant.

Depending on the nature of your current job, you may start your own freelance business while still being employed.

The benefit of starting your freelance business while still employed is that it reduces the financial strain experienced by any new business.

10. Start a trang chủ business.

Starting a trang chủ business is one way to lớn enjoy remote work.

Unlike other fields, certifications and education are not usually prerequisites. Instead, researching, having a smart business plan, & choosing the right business is more essential khổng lồ the success of your business.

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