Tips for Telecommuting
Telecommuting has become the norm these days. Flexjobs stated: A whopping 74% of respondents in an annual survey believe that flexible working has become the “new normal.” Who would have guessed a few months ago that most of us would be working at home over our internet? Some people are ecstatic; ditching the morning commute seems like a huge plus. Some people are less enthusiastic, especially extroverts. No matter how much you like or dislike the idea of telecommuting, implementing this change can be difficult. Our normal work environments have completely shifted, and it can be challenging to get used to working from home. So here are a few tips to help your telecommute experience.
Don’t Sleep In.
Sleeping in makes it feel like the weekend. You might be saving considerable amount of time in lieu of morning commutes, but that doesn’t mean spending it sleeping actually helps. Waking up early starts the day off right and gives you time for things you’ve always wanted to try but didn’t have the time. Yoga, meditation, reading or exercise routines are excellent ways to spend your extra morning time.
Get Dressed for Work.
You don’t want to make the same mistake that a reporter did a couple weeks ago in wearing short shorts with a suit coat during his clip on the air. Zoom or Skype isn’t any different. Especially if you have children or pets, you never know what might happen during a meeting, and you don’t want to stand up and have your PJ bottoms exposed. Plus getting dressed for the day impacts overall outlook and productivity.
Find a Space.
Setting up a working space from home is key. Having a little office nook or corner in your room can really make it easier to get into the work mindset at home. Setting up on the couch or coffee table will only invite a lot of unwanted distractions. And you need to find a place where you can think and get work done without interruptions. Of course, not everyone’s house has a space separate from all distractions and interruptions. As I’m typing this, I have dogs barking at one of our horses which is peering into the office window. Everyone is in the same boat with transitioning home space to workspace so just remember you aren’t alone.
Enjoy your time at home because it won’t last forever. You might want to take a walk at lunch or take extra time to whip up something really tasty for lunch. Find something you enjoy doing at home for your breaks because you don’t want to end up resenting your time at home. It will make these months more tolerable, because it is all about balance. We are all still learning.
In conclusion, keep your schedule as close as possible to your old work schedule. But make sure to take advantage of the time you have working from home. Spend more time with your family, find a hobby, and don’t forget to be patient and safe!
It might also be a good time to reflect on how your career is progressing. We suggest reevaluating once every few years. JL Nixon Consulting can provide unbiased advice on where you are now and where you would like to be in the next few years.