“If you don’t pay attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” —David Allen
COVID-19 certainly brought sweeping changes to the landscape of the workforce. What everyone thought was a temporary switch from office to remote has become a permanent solution for many. As we all know, working from home had its challenges, but we adapted. Now, however, permanence brings a new level of “making it work.” Working from the kitchen table one day, in the corner of the family room the next, and hiding somewhere when school is closed is no longer good enough. So, if you’re still trying to figure it out –well, this one’s for you!
Optimizing Your Home Office Experience
- Create Routine
Create a morning routine that sets the tone for the whole rest of your day. A morning routine might include things like some quiet time for reflection or meditation, a home workout, a cup of coffee or tea, breakfast with w/family. Doing this sort of self-care puts your mind into a healthy space for good work.
Don’t underestimate the power of getting dressed for the day. Wearing sweat pants may seem more comfortable, but it doesn’t necessarily help productivity or mindset.
Set a work schedule for yourself. Create priority lists and workflow charts. Schedule 5-15minute breaks –they actually boost productivity. Do everything in your power to set yourself up for success.
- Establish Your Environment
Part of the challenge of remote work is in separating home life from work life. One way to help with this is by setting up a workspace, and dedicating it to work alone. Essential qualifications for a workspace include:
- Good lighting
- Distraction-free (or as much as possible)
- Close connection to a power outlet
- Hi-speed internet
- Computer stand/table that includes a work area
- Space to organize the basics – paper stock, pens, stapler, etc.
You want your space to be as pleasant, comfortable, and conducive to productive workflow as possible.
- Invest in Equipment
It might take some monetary investment, but we think it’s worth it. You may need to take a look at some of the following:
- Dual screen monitors
- Noise-canceling headphones
- High-resolution webcam
- Wireless printer
- Office and communication software
- Ergonomic office chair — your back will thank you!
- High-speed internet
Do your research, but don’t be afraid to invest a little extra –it makes things run smoother in the long run.
- Set Boundaries
Ah, boundaries. They’re not always fun, but they’re necessary.
Set boundaries for yourself by committing to work certain hours, starting and finishing on time each day. It allows you both home and work life in the same location.
Set boundaries for family and roommates by establishing working hours that you can’t be interrupted. Working from home allows you to be flexible, but work responsibilities must still be completed –on time.
Set boundaries with work colleagues by shutting off your phone/work devices after your finish time and limiting communicating during your “off” hours – providing you remain available during standard business 9-5 hours.
- Stay Healthy
We can’t stress this enough! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, making healthy eating choices, getting exercise, and investing in your mental and emotional health.
Refrain from totally isolating yourself. Human interaction is essential –even if you have to be creative to achieve it!
At Hamilton Connections, we care. Whether you’re the CEO guiding your staff from a home office, or the team he/she hired, we help people connect. Matching the right companies with the right talent is our specialty. So contact us today, and let’s get started.