Home office can be very nice. Many things that would otherwise occupy your ordinary working day are gone. All that remains is the computer and yourself.
To keep your relationship with your computer stable and to ensure that you continue to enjoy home office work in the future, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
1. Set up a workspace
Home office is still an "office" - and each of us has habits and preferences that increase our productivity. Lying on the couch with your laptop on your stomach is not a long-term solution. Better: Make sure you have a tidy workspace: a table, a comfortable armchair, good Internet connection and everything else you need to work and create a good working environment. For the time being, you can also convert your dining table into your desk - after all, everything can be set up and taken down quickly at home.
2. Be available and professional
Work meetings have to be online? No problem. If you have internet, you have many ways to stay in touch with your employer and colleagues. In addition to email, free programs like Google Hangouts (for video calls), Google Drive (for collaborative document sharing) and Slack (like WhatsApp but for professional work) help you stay in touch. Most important is to set clear rules regarding availability and collaboration.
3. Cook the day before
Prepare your lunch the night before to fully enjoy your lunch break the next day.
4. Create a daily routine
Sometimes the most difficult thing about home office is staying focused. There are many distractions: laundry, cooking, TV, the internet. On the other hand, it tempts some people to do too much - after all, they want to show colleagues or superiors that they are seamlessly working from home. At the end of the day, it’s easy for the line between work and private life to be blurred. The easiest way is to arrange an availability from 9 am to 5 pm. Whether this is actually adhered to is a matter of trust.
5. Think of suitable tasks
Some of you are only temporarily doing home office while others always work as freelancers, are self-employed, or working on a project basis and have already established home office as part of their lifestyle. Of course, not all jobs are suitable for working from home - but many are. For example:
- Copywriting, translating, proofreading, editing for publishers or editors
- Customer service, call center work
- Software development or programming, graphic design
- Virtual teaching or tutoring
- Everything that has to do with social media
- Data processing
By the way, LinkedIn offers videos about home office. Especially interesting is “Balancing Work and Life.”
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