As I begin to write this article about what it means to work from home from the view point of a remote worker, I can’t help but exude the irony found in the fact that I am currently working from the comforts of my home due to the punch Sandy is packing at this very moment.
When I started my day, I quickly learned that I had no connectivity, something VoIP would have helped me to avoid encountering due to the fact that it offers a much more reliable connection for both business and personal use than the one I am currently leveraging. Besides a faulty connection, there are many obstacles that can get in the way of a worker on-the-go driving productivity rates, but hopefully after digesting these helpful points you will be able to work from home just like as if you were sitting in your cubicle.
First, just like church and state are separated, so should work and home. Crying kids, barking dogs and meowing cats are all things we deal with on a daily basis within our home sweet homes, but all of these distractions can lead to you not completing time-sensitive tasks. Hence, you should be sure to have a kid-free, pet-free and even spouse-free room or area that screams the mission of completing job-related projects upon entry.
Next, did you ever hear the saying cleanliness is next to godliness? Well, this notion is similar to that in that if your desk is a mess, it is likely your objectives that need to be met will come out even messier. It is vital to keep everything in a designated sport, helping you to find important documents with ease and keep yourself from going through continuous frantic searches.
Third, turn off/limit the Internet. Yes, that’s right I said it because “when you need to work the Internet offers countless distractions that can pull you away from your work,” a recent blog post from business VoIP provider Nextiva advises.
Additionally, plan out your day by basing your schedule upon different levels of priorities. Make sure that you finish up the most vital elements of things that have deadlines first before moving onto other areas of your work which can be submitted at a later time.
Last but not least, when you are done for the day, turn off your machine. “Once you’re finished, don’t go back to work, unless of course there is a pressing project your boss is pressuring you about, the blog advises.
Although working from home has its perks including wearing pajamas, just because you're physically located in your own personal dwelling doesn’t mean your responsibilities go out the window. Although, maybe that meowing cat should?
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli