Strategies of Working Successfully from Home
Setting up your workplace at home is so easy. It’s popular too. Imagine, no more daily commutes to an office, no more ½-hour lunch breaks or the boss peering over your shoulder.
In addition to all the perceived advantages, though, you need to know that establishing productive working habits straight off and following through with them on a routine basis is imperative if you’re going to be a home-worker.
Otherwise, you’ll find that you may fritter away your time and your professional reputation! The strategies of remaining efficient are simple to implement.
Working Successfully from Home by Planning Ahead
To successfully chalk up a day’s worth of work at home, you must plan out the day’s schedule beforehand. Planning ahead doesn’t mean merely creating a to-do list of every single task you want to finish by the end of the day. Rather, it means that you need to figure out which portion of the day will be a suitable time for your brain to focus on a particular task.
Some people may find that they can quickly complete an intricate chore early in the morning while others may prefer to focus completely during evening or night-time hours when everything’s silent around them. Figuring out what suits you best will help you produce high-quality work. You also need to work out the exact amount of time you will spend to complete a certain task. This will help you maintain efficiency while working at home.
In short, it’s crucial to plan ahead so as to avoid being overworked or underworked.
Working Successfully from Home with Good Time Allocation
Do you often find yourself swamped with several incomplete tasks the day before a deadline? This is a common problem that many people may experience when working from home. This situation can be easily alleviated by learning how to properly allocate your time.
Now, you’ll need to figure out what is right for you. Many people might work well by allocating certain parts of the day to their work with several short, timed breaks in between tasks. Some people may prefer to work continuously for some hours and then take a relatively long break.
A very few people get incredibly distracted when taking any kind of break at all, so they prefer to work continuously for many hours until all their tasks for the day are completed. Then perhaps they take the whole day off the following day. The first two allocation models prove to be most successful when applied consistently. This is because breaks are actually good for your performance and health.
Taking breaks will help you avoid feelings of monotony and pressure. You’re better able to concentrate when it’s time for you to work. Working constantly doesn’t suit most people because almost all human beings have a relatively short attention span. Moreover, sitting in one position for a long time can lead to back pain.
Therefore, it really is best to consider how you want to allocate your time. Whichever way you choose, stay on schedule and keep track of the timings you’ve set for yourself, perhaps with the help of specialised apps, Outlook or alarms.
Working Successfully from Home by Connecting with the Outside World
When you work from home, you tend to forget about the world outside, don’t you? This is why you need to be proactive in avoiding getting isolated from the outside world. As a human being, you’ve got a natural instinct to want to connect with nature and socialise with people (not just your family members!).
Take steps to ensure that you leave the house frequently. Listen to the birds outside chirping away at dusk instead of watching television or attending to your notification alerts! Sitting outside in the sun can help you absorb some good old vitamin D! Drinking a cup of hot chocolate and enjoying the fantastic cold of a winter morning can even stimulate your mind.
Socialise with your buddies or former workplace colleagues at a café to share ideas and have fascinating discussions. , spend time with other freelancers in your community encouraging them to leave their desks for a while too. Some successful employees or entrepreneurs who work from home attempt to connect with their clients one-on-one using work as an excuse to leave the house.
This is because, apart from driving you insane, being isolated can demotivate you and fence in your thoughts, leading to lower-quality work performance.
Working Successfully from Home by Blocking Distractions
One of the reasons you may enjoy working from home is the relative freedom you enjoy. You don’t have to adhere to work regulations like, for example, staying off social media sites. However, this freedom can put you at a disadvantage because you may be wasting time that’s worth money. You may be losing track of the time you’re spending on Facebook.
You may even be constantly drawn to cleaning those grimy dishes piled in the kitchen sink. To detour around all these distractions, you need to identify a secluded area in your house which you can officially call your office. Your home office must be situated such that you’re not frequently reminded about your unfinished household chores.
You must also explain to family members that you need a certain amount of time away from them in order to complete your work. While talking to them about this, be sure to also tell them that they are welcome to ask for your assistance whenever there’s an emergency. You can also block your social media for certain time periods by using applications like StayFocused.
Successfully Working from Home by Getting Support
In your status as a home-worker, keep in mind that you don’t need to possess all the skills yourself that various departments of an office offer to maintain an organisation. Be ready to outsource certain parts of your tasks that are not within your realm of expertise. There’s no shame in doing so.
In fact, you’ll actually be optimising your efficiency.
She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen).
Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).
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