With Boston still enduring what is already it’s snowiest month ever leaving many college students and professionals stranded in their homes, it’s time we take some tips from telecommuters. According to The New York Times, telecommuters now make up 3.2 million American workers and is on the rise. But how do they manage it all from the comforts of home?
Here are some tips on how to not only stay on top of your work from home, but make the most of it:
- Get Dressed
Sorry, no pajamas here. Getting dressed and ready for the day just as if you were heading into the office can kickstart your morning and help you shift your thinking into “work mode”.
- Designate a Workspace
No desk, no problem. If all you’ve got is a kitchen table, make do with that. Clear it off and set up your computer, files, notepads, etc. similar to your desk at the office. Free your makeshift desk from clutter to free your mind from clutter, too.
- Set Working Hours
Usually at work from 9 to 5? Work from home from 9 to 5. Have class at 9:50, stay in the habit and work on coursework or reading during those hours. It’s all about staying in routine and keeping the habits going, despite the location.
- Keep in Touch
Cutting off communication isn’t an option even when you can’t walk up to someone’s desk. Use tools like Google Hangouts for text and video chat. Email your boss or coworkers regularly to update them on your work and see where they are on theirs. Pick up the phone if you need to!
- Make a To-Do List
It’s easy to lose track of what is a priority when you’re away from the office, so write out a to-do list. Avoid vague descriptions so you can refer back to it and know exactly the project you were talking about.
- Avoid the Kitchen
Mindless snacking happens to the best of us. If you avoid the cupboards and set regular meal times and coffee breaks, you can avoid the Freshman 15 of the work from home world. It will also keep you more focused on your work when you stay on course with your usual schedule.
Let’s hope the worst of the snow is behind us! But if storms or public transit keep you from the office, these tips will keep you working at full force.