Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Organisational Tips For Working From Home



If, like me, you love the idea of working from home, it’s important to realise that it’s not a lifestyle that suits everyone. You see, if you’re going to be a successful home worker, you need to be super organised. It’s far too easy to get distracted and behind with your work when you work from home, which is why being organised is so important. To help make working from home easier, here are a few tips for being more organised.

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Create a dedicated workspace

Whether you work in an office or at home, you need a dedicated work space. Don’t make the mistake of not having a dedicated work area, as this will only make completing your tasks harder. Working at the kitchen table on the odd occasion is fine, but doing it every day is not.

If you want to make a success of working from home, you need a dedicated working area. This doesn’t have to be a whole office, but a small area that is just for working from. If you have a spare room, having your own office is ideal. If not, popping a desk in a spare corner of the room can also work well.

Plan your time

If you aren’t given daily tasks by your boss to complete, it’s crucial that you plan out your time. Don’t waste time doing nothing, make sure to take full advantage of every minute. Working from home requires discipline, so make sure to be strict with yourself from the start. Use a diary to plan out your time and daily tasks - this will help to ensure that everything gets done as and when it should.

If you want to work successfully from home, set yourself work hours. Ideally, these should fit with regular office hours - something like working nine until five is perfect. Don’t make the mistake of rolling out of bed at the time you’re due to start work. Get up at least 40 minutes beforehand, shower and get dressed. (Some people opt to work in their pajamas, but this isn’t the way to do things, as you need to feel as if you’re actually at work.)

Make sure that as well as scheduling the times that you’re meant to work, that you also have set times that you have breaks at, including a lunch break. If possible, use your lunch break to get out of the house - go for a walk, meet a friend for coffee. Make sure to spend a little time out of the house each day.

Outsource

Don’t waste your time by doing every last task yourself. While there are some tasks that you need to complete yourself, anything that can be done by an outsourcing company, it’s best to outsource. This gives you more time to focus on your work, and will prevent you from becoming distracted.

For example, if you need to send something to a client, don’t walk to the post office to send it. This will waste precious time and put you behind on the day’s tasks. Instead, hire a courier to transport the item to the client. The cost won’t be much higher; you’ll save time, and you’ll know that it will arrive to your customer in good time. Or, if, for instance, you need to send off your accounts - most home workers do their own accounts, don’t stress over them yourself. Instead, hire an accounting company to deal with them for you.

Have a work phone and computer

When you finish work, you should be able to close the door on it. Instead of using the same computer and phone for your personal life, have a personal phone and computer as well as work ones. That way, at the end of the day you no longer have to deal with correspondence about work, you can switch off. This is important, as having some time away from our work helps us to relax, and when we’re at work, work harder.

There you have it, all the best advice for being more organised when working from home.



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