If you’re self-employed or if you telecommute, then you may already have an existing home office. If not, then perhaps doing so could be a temporary arrangement, or else you may choose to be your own boss later on.
1. Dress up nicely
Dress up in the morning, as though you’re leaving for office. Do allow yourself more comfort than usual, though. Avoid staying in your pajamas. This will get you in the right mood and attitude for productive work.
2. Create a Home office
Identify a comfortable, quiet corner or room. Make sure that you have office stationeries handy, ergonomic or at least reasonably comfortable furniture, and the device you’ll be working with. Let in enough fresh air and relax.
3. Define personal- professional boundaries
If you’re new to having a home office, then you might need to brief your family about your availability. Do set reasonable boundaries, as per the nature of your work. If you have small kids, they could find it difficult to understand.
4. Look for Web safety
The internet has threats and risks, so make sure to protect your device while handling important information at home. Employers are likely to set guidelines for this purpose and may provide adequate software for collaborating with team members effectively.
5. Have a To-do and not-to-do list
Have a to-do and not-to-do list. Start with the most important/urgent tasks to ensure completion on time. Working from home for the first time can be challenging. However, with proper organization, it’s possible!
6. Disable notifications during office hours
Disable unnecessary notifications, especially for social media. Playing music while you work is wonderful and can be a great motivator. Go for it if you can remain focused.
7. Make Productivity hacks
Avoid multitasking as it has been seen to be counterproductive. When doing certain types of tasks, prefer to batch similar ones together.
8. Don’t forget Self-care
Avoid burnout. Take regular breaks, have coffee or tea time, maintain a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, sleep properly, enjoy time with family, phone a friend, practice a hobby, and anything else that you duly need to stay fit and joyful.