We recently conducted research that found that 80% of people worked remotely in the past six months. During the summer months, it’s likely that number is even higher as people travel for vacations, long weekends, or just crave a day out of the office. Many of that 80% spend a significant amount of time working remotely – over half worked between and 1 and 10 hours from outside the office. We’re not just talking about checking an email here and there. People rely on their ‘work from home’ time to be as productive as possible to maintain that work/life balance.
Since we know it can be a challenge to work from home when you’re typically an office employee, we’ve pulled together these 5 tips that help us be productive when we work from home.
- Act like you’re going to work– Don’t simply roll out of bed, sit down in your pajamas, and turn on your computer. Start your day like you would if you were actually going to work. If you normally go for a walk or workout, do that. Eat breakfast, shower, and get properly dressed before sitting down to work. You’ll be off to a much fresher start when you’re mentally prepared.
- Create a desk – Even if you don’t have a desk, create a workspace for yourself. Your kitchen table will probably work well – assuming there aren’t a bunch of people milling around all day. Make sure the table you use is cleared off of junk, mail, and clutter. Have your computer and charger there, along with your phone, a notebook, pen, post-its, and anything else you might need during the day.
- Get the access you need – Whether you need to remotely access your computer at work, have VPN setup, or access to accounts you use on a daily basis (such as Salesforce, MailChimp, InVision, etc), and make sure you have that access BEFORE you leave the office. When you do, your transition to working from home will be seamless.
- Have a plan – At home, distractions can be inevitable so it’s helpful to have a to-do list for the day. Start the day by writing down what you’d like to accomplish and then work from there.
- Communicate – Make a concerted effort to communicate with your team members while remote. Use e-mail, instant messaging, and online meetings to connect with colleagues. You might find you communicate with them more while you’re out of the office!
If you plan to work from home consistently, consider some of the luxury items that make you most productive in the office, like a bigger, second monitor, a mouse, a headset for your phone, and more. However, for a day working from the beach house or your backyard, these 5 tips will ensure your day is just as productive as those in the office.