This year has brought many challenges with it. Working from home doesn’t have to be added to that list of challenges. If working from home has been hard, or if you feel like your home office just isn’t working, there are plenty of things you can do to immediately improve your work from home experience.
Ask for Help
When you work from home you are expected to stay on top of your daily tasks and responsibilities. This does not mean, however, that you can’t ask for help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your team of support you would normally rely on in the office. You will need to up your level of communication and maybe adjust to new communication styles like video chats or texts. Communicating will help close any gap you might be feeling from missing the office.
Your home office shouldn’t be missing any of your in-office essentials. If you are struggling with your computer equipment or other subpar office supplies it’s time to restock. Avoid limiting yourself to a small screen or personal laptop. Your home office supplies should include a large monitor and noise cancelling headphones. You will need these to help with your focus and eliminate distractions. These tools will also help with your ability to communicate across remote networks.
Avoid getting too comfortable in your home office, but still make it your space. Start with keeping your desk clear and organized. Place personal mementos nearby as you would in the office, but make sure everything is out of the view of the webcam. If you are not able to use a separate room for your office, you can still create a quiet and productive space. Decorate your home office space to your style while maintaining the level of professionalism and formalities you would in the office.
Bring your work from home experience to the next level of productivity with these simple tips. You can still achieve success at work from the comfort of your own home.