• Adam Farrugia

How to Make the Most of Working from Home

Remember the days when the notion of a home office was one that was only explored on rare occasions?

Thanks to measures put in place around the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people have converted their living space into office space. But when work and play occur in the same space, that can sometimes present a problem, both on and off the clock.

This article will provide you some pro tips on how to make the most of working from home both as it relates to your working life and your home life.

For Work

👉 Make a Daily List of Things to Accomplish

One of the inherent aspects of working from home is that you find yourself alone in your home office space, without the direct accountability factor of having your boss in the corner office or stalking the workspace. So in order to keep yourself on task and resist the urge to spend your whole work day scrolling mindlessly through your phone, keep a list of actionable items you hope to accomplish throughout the day, prioritised by importance. Cross them off as you complete them.

👉 Report on Your Completed Work

Relating to your goal and accomplishment list, regularly report back to your boss about your accomplishments and any roadblocks you encounter as you work. If you keep the lines of communication open between you and your supervisor, it shows how much of an asset you are to the team even in spite of distance. It also shows a sense of forthrightness and proactivity, as well as a desire to collaborate to clear the obstacles that prevent you from reaching your goals.

👉 Get Friendly with Technology

Working anywhere other than the office increases your dependence on technology, particularly to communicate with people. Learn well and utilise the messaging system your company uses, particularly one like Microsoft Teams that has many different uses. Being familiar with the technology makes communicating easier, and allows for you to seamlessly perform functions when you need to, such as host a meeting and know exactly what you’re doing in front of a crowd.

For Home

👉 Make Your Workspace Your Own

Within the confines of an office, you don’t have much of a chance to have a setup exactly the way you would prefer it. Be surrounded by all the houseplants corporate won’t allow you to have. Listen to the radio at more than just a reasonable volume in between the calls.

👉 Separate Your Work Life From Your Life

If you don’t have a clear divide between your designated workspace and the rest of your house, you’ll find it nearly impossible to relax at the end of the day. When the shift is over, close the office door and don’t go back in there until tomorrow. Limit the amount of emails you read after hours. You’ll thank yourself later, promise.

A Final Word

The way to make the most of working from home is to establish clear boundaries between work and home, but also to set up your work situation to be the most successful, both from the perspective of comfort as well as performance.