We’ve scoured Twitter and rounded up our top 10 tips from
work-from-home pros. In no particular order, here they are:
1. Get in the Right Mindset. Home Office = Virtual Office
Get in the right frame of mind. Consider your home office as your
virtual office. You don’t have to wear pants, but you do have to be
productive. Imagine you are in an office and not at home, the only
difference is you are communicating virtually instead of in person.
It’s not such a big change, it’s just the way you perceive it.
2. Setup a Workstation:
Set yourself up for success. Designate an area where you can feel
comfortable and fight distractions. Make it look like your workplace
to feel more connected. If you haven’t set up a proper workstation at
home, you would miss the regular working environment. Working from
your couch or kitchen table is not ideal for productivity. Make sure
to include a desktop, a good chair, a strong internet connection (like
symmetrical GIG from EATEL ), power source, video camera (if not built
into your laptop) and a headset. Pro Tip: include natural light so you
look good on camera.
3. Establish Your WorkSpace:
To minimize distractions by family, kids, pets, roommates or others,
define your workspace so you can get things done without disturbing
others or being disturbed. A dedicated room or area will help you get
in the work mindset and boost your productivity as well.
4. Use Technology like Zoom Meetings to Virtually Meet your Team Regularly:
Stay connected to your team with technology, tools like Zoom Meetings
(also available from EATEL Business) will help you collaborate
effectively and stay bonded.
5. Use Nature to Nurture Productivity
Get plenty of natural light. A study conducted by Future Workplace
found that natural light enhances mood, improves mental health,
supports vision, encourages creativity and makes it easier to
concentrate. If you can set your home office up in an area with large
windows, it’s worth doing. Let the light in!
6. Make the Right Impression with Virtual Backgrounds
I’ve seen some pretty interesting virtual backgrounds on twitter and
I know many of you are capable of great things with a green screen,
but if you want to keep it professional Zoom Meetings has a selection
of virtual backgrounds for your video conferences to boost your
confidence and credibility instantly. You can choose from private
offices, shared workspaces, boardrooms, public spaces, skylines and more.
7. Go Outside
Take a walk, get some fresh air, change your scenery. Don’t stay
locked in the same position all day. Sitting is terrible for your
health. With no meeting rooms to run to and from or a water cooler to
visit to gossip with your coworkers, you need to make a conscious
effort to move. Get up and get out, it will help to break up the day.
8. Prep Your Snacks
It’s a lot easier to snack at home than at the office, and a walk to
the pantry and back is a great way to procrastinate. You’ll find
yourself snacking more often than you’d think, so make sure to have
something healthy on hand.
9. To-Do lists and Calendar Blockers
More than the workplace, making to-do lists and calendar blocking is
important when you are working from home. That’s because you are all
by yourself and have more responsibilities on your shoulders. So,
ideally, your day should start with reviewing your to-do list and
marking your tasks of the day on the calendar. This will help you stay
focused and work more purposefully.
10. Shut it Down
Since you don’t have a commute or traffic to fight, it’s easy to lose
track and just keep working. You need clear separation between work
and life. Don’t forget your work/life balance and try to separate the
two or you will burn out. Maybe find a gym class or extracurricular
that you have to leave the house for at a certain time every day and
let that be your stopping point.