While it has become an easier task these days, convincing your boss to let you work from home is still no easy feat. It takes a serious amount of forethought, planning, research and convincing them that letting you work from home is the best thing they’ll ever do. You need to convince them that you will still be a valuable member of the team and that you have everything set up in your home office to be even more productive and proactive than you were in the office.
However, once you’ve managed to get that hallowed, “okay, we’ll give it ago,” you need to be wary you don’t fall into any of the traps out there, of which there are plenty. What’s more, they are different to the normal office-based traps you may have been used to.
As such, we have pulled together a few suggestions to help you remain focused and remain working from home.
- There Are A Bunch Of Distractions
When you were working in an office, distractions were probably limited because of rules, regulations, and prying eyes. But this is the case when you work from home, and that can make procrastination a real problem. It can be the internet, television, exercise, your pets, your family, your bed, your ice-cream supply. Anything, so make sure you remain disciplined.
- Make Sure You Know About Security
When you worked in an office, there was probably in IT support team that ensured your server was secure and protected with firewalls and VPNs they’d got from VPNsRus.com. However, this is no longer the case, so you need to be wary of certain security must do’s, like installing malware on your computer and encryption devices on your phone, and not leaving your laptop or tablet in the coffee shop you were working in when your broadband went down.
- Start And Finish In Good Time
Working from home does this weird thing to our brains where we seem to end up working longer hours. When we’re in an office we watch the clock and can’t wait to leave at 5.30. But at home, we don’t know when to call it quits. So have a task list for that day, and stop once you have completed everything on it. That should be an absolute rule of yours.
- Get out And Socialise
The office isn’t just a place to satisfy your work-addiction, it is also a place where you get to interact with your colleagues. It is a place where you can socialize. This will vanish when you start working from home. So get and see people. We don’t mean going on www.facebook.com or www.twitter.com and catching up with friends, we mean actually getting out of the house and seeing them in the flesh.
- Treat it Like An Office
A great way to stay motivated, proactive and productive is to imagine you still work in an office, just without all the political bits like being nice to your boss. So make sure you have an actual office with a desk and not a bedroom with a bed. Fill your office with semi-motivational art and useful tech. Get dressed into semi-appropriate work clothes. Work the core hours of a normal day. All of these will help you get the most out of your working days.