Working from home is a growing trend in recent years as more and more companies leverage technology to connect workforces that are spread across the country and the world.
Remote or flexible working arrangements have become a perk that employers offer to retain and attract new talent, improve employee satisfaction, and promote a healthy work-life balance. For many, the chance to work remotely provides the flexibility to run errands during the day, visit the doctor, and pick the kids up from school.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier. Here are six unconventional tips that will help you make the transition from office work to remote work as smooth as possible.
Kickstart Your Day by Doing Something That Makes You Feel Accomplished
Make your bed, prep your lunch, or get in some exercise before starting your workday. The psychological impact of achievement will help you get motivated and moving into the workday with a sense of pride and accomplishment, even if it’s something small.
Normalize Your Morning Routine
Take the opportunity to sleep in a few more minutes, but don’t mix your entire morning routine. Alter your office routine to fit your new, at-home work life, but continue to go through your typical morning activities like showering, getting dressed, and eating breakfast before diving into your email. A normal morning routine will help you get ready for a day of work, even if your commute is now from the kitchen to the couch.
Use Music to Reset Your Mood
Music can have a major impact on your mood and productivity. Use this to your advantage throughout the workday and week to adjust your mood and motivation.
Create a “Must Do” Task List Each Morning
A “must-do” task list is a great way to organize your day and highlight essential tasks that need to be completed. Avoid making this an exhaustive list. The list should be short – maybe two or three tasks – and specific.
Schedule Occasional Breaks
Calendars fill up fast. Make sure to schedule periodic breaks in your day before someone else grabs the 15 minutes you had free after lunch.
Taking a planned break is important in the office, but even more so at home. Use these breaks to get outside for a short walk, finish some household chores, read, or even take a short power nap.
Know When to Log Off
Working from home can make it hard to log off and detach from work when you’re always connected and there is no physical commute between work and home at the end of the day.
Enjoy the extra time you have each day without a commute, but try to maintain similar hours you had at the office. Be sure to log off and shut down at the end of the day so your home doesn’t begin to feel like a 24-hour workplace.
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