Working From Home: Challenges and Solutions

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Working from home is today’s “new normal”. It presents some challenges. However, there are solutions to every challenge.

The Challenges

  • No special place for a work-only environment
  • No line between work and play
  • No tools or software
  • Too many distractions
  • No accountability
  • No exercise

The Solutions

  • Set aside a designated room or area for work only
  • Set your schedule to include specific work hours
  • Use online tools and software designed specifically for your work needs
  • Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and be accountable for their progress

Productivity Hacks

  • Complete the biggest, most pressing tasks before distractions put you behind
  • Use the one-minute rule: Anything that can be done within a minute should be done first
  • Schedule breaks throughout your day
  • Get tomorrow’s work ready before you leave for the day
  • Set up “To-Do” lists. Add anything you didn’t finish today and schedule time to complete them tomorrow

Optimizing Your Office

  • Use systems to keep yourself organized
  • Go paperless as much as possible
  • Make yourself comfortable. Adjust your desk, chair, and computer so you don’t end up with aches and pains.
  • Create an environment of peace. Play soothing music, place inspirational quotes on your desk or wall.
  • Show off your awards. It will help keep you focused on why you work so hard.

Tools and Apps

  • G-Suite – A cloud-based suite of apps and tools providing solutions for email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation decks, shared calendars, cloud storage, and much more.
  • Free Conference Calls – Set up conferencing and face-to-face meetings online. GoToMeeting, and FreeConferenceCall are 2 available free options.

Many professionals already have experience working from home. Others may be experiencing it full-time for the first time. Either way, this list of working from home challenges and solutions are helpful for everyone.

Comments (6)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Pamela Cendejas - some of us have worked this out over the years but many are doing it for the first.

Apr 09, 2020 10:37 AM
Pamela Cendejas

Grant Schneider - I've been doing it since 1997. Like you, it's second nature to work from home. Thank goodness for so many technological advances over the years.  Stay well.

Apr 09, 2020 11:21 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have been working from home for many years.  Your tips are excellent! Thank you for sharing.

Apr 10, 2020 06:23 PM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I like working from home but the office is much more structured and I find I am more productive for a longer period of time when I'm in the office. At home, I will usually work a shorter day and justify it when I have to work evenings or weekends. 

Apr 10, 2020 07:27 PM
Pamela Cendejas

Anne Corbin - Working at home isn't for everyone. Like you, many people prefer the structure of an office. 

Apr 13, 2020 11:10 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I've been working from home for 15 years, and I do have a designated office, but it does have its challenges. Distractions abound!

Apr 11, 2020 12:00 AM
Pamela Cendejas

Marte Cliff - I don't have many distractions unless we get out of town guests. What kind of distractions do you have?

Apr 13, 2020 11:11 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I do miss going to the office for the chatting with other agents!  I think it will be many many months before things are even close to 'normal'. Grateful I can do most work at home.

Apr 11, 2020 08:16 AM
Pamela Cendejas

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - Working at home does have it's social challenges for sure. 

Apr 13, 2020 11:12 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great list of ways to successfully work fom home.  I've worked from home for years, but am re-focusing to see how I can improve.  Thanks!

Apr 13, 2020 01:21 PM
Pamela Cendejas

Jan Green - Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Stay well.

Apr 14, 2020 09:37 AM