Working from home might seem like a dream come true, but it’s not just PJs, professional couch lounging and bingeing on Netflix until you’re in a video on-demand coma. Your boss is doing you a favor, trusting you to be productive while working away from the office and it’s up to you to show you can handle that freedom. Here are our tips for producing great work from home:
- Stick to a schedule. Treat your days like a normal workday. That means it’s not okay to wake up at noon, but it is good to step out for a coffee break just like at work. Sometimes there’s an urge to overcompensate in the opposite direction, but just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you’re on-call beyond the normal day. Maintain your normal work hours and sustain your normal email cadence.
- Reduce distraction with a wire-free environment. At the office, you have a nice setup provided by the IT department. How can you bring that efficiency to your home office? The easiest, high-impact way is simply by switching to wireless products. Whether it’s a wireless mouse or an all-in-one option like the Logitech Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820, streamlining your setup will go a long way towards creating a productive environment.
- Get outside. Seriously. Take a walk around the block, get a coffee and eat out for lunch! In the beginning, there’s going to be an adjustment period where you’ll feel a little lonesome since there aren’t coworkers to catch up or goof off with. Get some fresh air. Bring along our Logitech Folio Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 8.0 or 7.0 so you can work on your own terms whether it’s at the local café or park bench.
- Use the cloud. Never find yourself stranded at home without that essential document by using a cloud-based service. Whether it’s Dropbox or Google Drive, there are plenty of low-cost or free solutions to provide you access to your documents at any time. It’s even better than a fax.
Readers: Do you have any tips to share from your own experience working from home or remotely?
+1 on #3.
We’re a virtual office. We all work from home all the time. It (usually) means that we’re super-productive, but it’s also way too easy to sit in the same spot for hours on end (like way into the night), much longer and much more often than you probably would if you were at the office. And it’s terrible for your health.
I make it a point to go to the gym or get a walk outside at lunch time. It forces you to stand up, get some exercise, and take in some vitamin D. We’re also considering adjustable stand-up desks to help limit slouch time.