In my last post, I wrote about how the daily commute not only wastes more than 100 hours of the average American’s year but often creates stress that spills over at home.
I don’t know about you, but I despise waiting in line, especially when what I’m waiting in line for is a big, steaming bowl of more stress. Isn’t there something better we can do with our time?
Luckily, online meeting and conferencing technology are now letting thousands of workers, including yours truly, avoid the rush hour and the stress that accompanies it. Even working from home one day a week makes a big impact on my quality of life. It’s not bad for the environment either.
Here are some tips to ensure you stay productive when working from home:
1. Create a dedicated workspace with all the tools you need. Consider even decorating your space as you would your office or cubicle.
2. Establish and stick to a regular working schedule. Remember to stop working, too.
3. Motivate yourself by setting small goals throughout the day.
4. Stay professional in your communication. Getting out of your PJ’s helps.
5. If you have young children, consider spending some of that gas money you’re saving on daycare when you’re at home to avoid the inevitable distractions.
6. Avoid volunteering for too many activities and errands. Some view “working from home” as code for “screwing off.” Don’t perpetuate the stereotype. Your job deserves as much attention and dedication as when you’re in the office.