As many of us are realizing, working from home brings its own set of challenges. For those accustomed to commuting each day to an office, staying in the house throughout the week is likely jarring. We’ve decided to provide a few essential tips to follow when getting the job done remotely.
1. Vary your Location – Let’s face it: sitting in your bedroom all day is the least exciting place possible to get your work done. In order to help alleviate the monotony, test out some different spots in your house that might make a good work environment. Your kitchen, living room, or even back porch could be just the place for the next great home office. Once you do find the location that works for you, head over to Iron Age’s website to begin finding the furniture that will take your space to the next level.
2. Find a Buddy – This tip may not be possible for everyone, but if it’s an option, try working with someone else in your home. We advise picking someone that you know can stay on task in order to prevent unnecessary distractions. Maybe your significant other is also working from home, or your studious child is studying for their upcoming online exam. The right work partner can make your day much less bland, and leads perfectly into tip #3…
3. Take Breaks – The human brain can only stay focused on a single task for so long. While some have longer attention spans than others, eventually, everyone needs a rest. That’s why we recommend taking 5 minutes each hour to check your phone, chat with your work partner, or even get up and stretch your legs. Considering you’re at home, you should have plenty of space to walk around for a bit before getting back to work.
4. Stay Connected – This one may sound obvious, but it’s important. Working from home can be an isolating experience, especially if you’re doing it alone. That’s why we strongly recommend maintaining frequent long-distance communication with your co-workers. Whether this manifests itself through daily email conversations or video chat lunch breaks, don’t let yourself go through the whole day without some human interaction.
5. Make a Schedule – Arguably the biggest challenge of working remotely is maintaining some form of structure. Many people actively enjoy going to an office every day, because it allows them to be in an environment purely intended for working. It’s akin to going to the gym for exercising; when you’re there, it’s for one specific purpose. It can be difficult to hold yourself accountable for getting work when you’re doing it in the place you typically associate with relaxing. Writing down a physical schedule on paper makes staying on task much easier than it would be otherwise.
There are countless other strategies to help make working from home more enjoyable and productive, but these are five that stuck out to us. No matter where you’re working, Iron Age Office is committed to delivering the highest quality desks, tables, workstations, storage pieces and beyond. Reach out today and see what we can do for you.