Heather Huhman wrote a piece for Business Insider which lists the top 10 tips for working from home. Of course, working at home might seem like a dream, but there Huhman brings up some useful advice as not let the work day slip through your comfortable fingers. In other words: how to be more productive at home.
Do: • Create an organized workspace separate from the rest of your home to help minimize distractions. Use to-do lists, calendars, and filing systems to keep yourself organized. • Make sure to take breaks throughout the day for lunch and exercise. These breaks will help you focus more on your work. • Make sure to be in constant communication with your boss and coworkers. If you have a scheduling conflict or cannot meet a deadline, inform your boss in advance and make arrangements to ensure your tasks are completed. • Set office hours and give yourself a specific time to work. It can be based on a schedule that works for you. Having a specific work time can ensure you don’t spend too much (or too little) time working and can avoid spending your evenings checking emails. • Have a social life! It’s easy to get caught up in your work at home. Be sure to get out of the house on the weekends at a very minimum to enjoy the things you love outside of work. • Create boundaries for your family while you’re working. Let them know, despite being at home for work, you must limit the distractions you have throughout the day. • Use apps to help you stay organized. Tools such as Google Docs and Wedoist can help you keep track of important documents and stay on top of your to-do lists. • Get ready for the day. Even if you decide to get showered and dressed at noon, make sure you change out of your pajamas and into appropriate clothing. You never know when you’ll have a surprise video conference call or interview. • Have a backup plan. There will be some days where working from home becomes impossible. Whether it’s a faulty Internet connection or some other interference, have a backup workplace in mind, like a library or a coffee shop. • Try to work during normal business hours. This makes it easier to work with clients, your coworkers, and your supervisor.
Don’t: • Send tweets about going shopping or watching movies when you’re supposed to be working. Your boss will see you aren’t at work. • Handle household chores during work hours. It will become extremely distracting and it will take twice as long to complete your work. • Take personal calls while working. If you do have to make a call, ask your supervisor if it’s okay for you to break away for a few minutes. • Bring your work into an area where you could be distracted by friends or family. • Become disorganized. Be sure to create an office space that allows you to keep all your work in a neat and organized place. • Let your work day slip away. It’s important to create a routine you can stick to and a schedule that allows you be productive. • Allow your email to become a distraction. While it’s important to check your email throughout the day, be sure to dedicate a block of time to checking your email rather than having it constantly open. • Procrastinate. Even if you have a project that isn’t due for another week, make sure you aren’t waiting until last minute to meet your deadlines. • Compromise your passions. Make sure you choose a rewarding career that satisfies your career goals and needs. • Choose a job that doesn’t allow room for growth. No matter where you are working, choose a position where you can continue to advance your career.
Of course, sometimes your productivity is only as good as your tools. ClockIn Portal is an online time clock designed for both the employee and the manager in mind. With the ability for employees to clock in wherever they want via mobile app, CIP makes it easier to for an employee who works at home to his/her house know they’re at work and keeping busy. CIP makes sure there are no scheduling and deadline conflicts as employers can see and set work shifts wherever and whenever.