5 Productivity Hacks For Home-based Workers
Ever since the internet has woven itself into the fabric of our lives, work from home jobs are on the rise. We have often seen how various companies are saving on the real estate space and asking employees to work from home. On the other hand, seniors, new moms and dads, and also people with jobs that require only a computer system and internet access are quickly turning their bedrooms into office desks.
Traditional 9am-5pm jobs are almost a thing of the past now. The increasing creative streak among people demands flexibility of office hours. MNCs including Dell, Xerox, Apple, Aon are giving the liberty to remotely to its employees.
We suggest a few tips on how to make working from home more productive.
Make a plan
Setting up a schedule is one of the most important tasks before you begin working. Your mobile can come handy in this case. Set up an alarm and reminders.
For best results, you can break the day into three sessions. The first phase, ‘Warm up’, begins 10-15 minutes before your office hours begin. Here you check emails, respond, call some people you will need input from. The second session is collaboration with colleagues, team mates and managers. Once the day’s work is streamlined, get into the ‘serious work’ mode.
Dress up not down
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you begin your day in your comfortable pair of pajamas. Don’t put on a business suit but at least get some decent shirts and pants. This will give you a feel good factor and a professional feeling to work more.
Keep your telecommunication separate
You should keep two phone numbers, two email ids and two messengers, each for personal and official use. This will help you concentrate more on office work as personal calls would go to the other phone.
Minimize social networking
We know Facebook and Twitter are a big lure for you. They help you in building network. Unless it is part of your job, stay away from these social networking sites while working from home.
Stay away from guests
Whenever you are at home, friends and family would like to spend some time with you. But remember, it’s your office you have brought home. Be firm on this one, friends and relatives tend to not realize you are actually working at home.