Below we’ve put together some top tips and created the ultimate guide to working from home.

If you’re new to remote working, it can take some time to find your feet. Whether the kids are running around, you find daytime television a distraction, the washing machine is beeping at you or you don’t have a place you can call the office, it can be tough to get a good day’s work in.

Below we’ve put together some top tips and created the ultimate guide to working from home.

Have a schedule

Devise a schedule that works for you and try to ensure you stick to it. If you have to work around getting the kids to school, incorporate this into your schedule so the rest of your day isn’t thrown into chaos.

Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day means you’re far more likely to work when you’re supposed to as well as maintain a good work-life balance. Try to get up at the same time every day, start work at the same time and work from the same place. If you stick to a routine, you’ll soon get into the swing of things.

Have a designated work space

The closer you can replicate an office work environment, the more likely you are to be productive. Have a designated place you can work from every day. Try to find somewhere quiet and free from distractions.

It’s also a good idea to set a time you will start and finish work and also schedule in regular breaks and a lunch hour. If you know you’re going to have an hour for lunch, this will stop you from doing things such as unloading the dishwasher or checking social media while you’re supposed to be working.

Have separate contact details for work and personal contacts

If working from home is a long-term or permanent set-up for you, it’s a good idea to have a separate mobile number and email address for work. This means that you can put your personal phone away and refrain from checking non-work related emails during office hours.

Participate in virtual meetings

Loneliness can be a big problem when working from home. There are some great ways to get in some face time without even leaving the house however.

  • Rather than emailing people on your team when you have a question, give them a call.
  • Encourage video conferences and Skype calls with colleagues. There’s no reason why you can’t all still turn up to your Monday morning meeting virtually.
  • If you have an intranet, actively participate in conversations.
  • Join groups on LinkedIn and participate in group discussions.
  • Sign up to webinars or even host one yourself.
  • Sign up to an online training course. Brushing up on your skills can keep your confidence levels high when you’re feeling a bit secluded from the world.

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