In our last blog, we revisited the topic of working from home and offered up some advice on how to make it easy. We suggested setting up a functional workspace, maintaining a consistent morning schedule, giving yourself breaks and accepting digital payments.
Here are three more tips on how to work from home effectively:
1. Be fully awake before beginning work.
Do you have a 9am phone meeting scheduled for tomorrow? It’s definitely not a good idea to open your eyes at around 8:45am to grab your phone and begin your meeting in bed. Treat your work day as you would any other by fully preparing for work before it begins. It’s important to be alert and attentive, especially when it involves interacting with other business professionals. On HalfHalfTravel.com, Becca insists that you take a shower before sitting down to work.
“Taking a shower is a way to wake up,” she reminds us, “If you’re a morning shower-er, then it’s part of your morning routine as well. Try to keep your morning routine as close to your go-into-the-office routine as you typically would, minus the ‘getting ready to commute.’”
2. Get the internet speed you need.
From personal experience, this blogger can attest to the fact that computer and other technology issues can completely ruin a work day. If you work on a computer, like the vast majority of at-home workers, it’s imperative that you have excellent internet speed. You can Google “speedtest” to run a test and find out how fast your current internet speed is. A good internet speed is anywhere between 25 and 100 Mbps.
“If you have children at home while you work, their FaceTime, TikTok, and Xbox habits may slow your connection and download speeds,” warns Jennifer Cook on Investopedia.com, “Moving as close as you can to your Wi-Fi router can help or you can consider switching to Ethernet. You may need a dongle since new laptops don’t have Ethernet ports, plus an Ethernet cable to connect your computer to your router.”
3. Dress for work.
It can be very tempting to conduct all of your business in your pyjamas. However, it’s not bound to make you feel very professional. Part of being a professional is looking the part. While no one may be watching you, it can be very motivating to get dressed to impress. As Becca points out, being in pyjamas will likely make you feel unprofessional.
“We’ve recently been being more intentional with how we dress during our work day and it helps create some separation between home life and work life,” she informs, “To have your most professional and office-ready voice turned on, put on some “real pants” and even a blouse, if that is what you’re used to. Anything more messy or reminiscent of what you slept in will make you feel slow, sleepy and less-prepared for doing work.”
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