Working from Home? Pretend You’re Not

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Working from home is probably new to a lot of you. For me, it’s been an old hat for several years. I love, love working out of my house, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Using a service similar to Gamma sip trunking enables me to stay in contact with the rest of my team who are based in the office. Because I’ve been doing this a while, I’ve learned a thing or two and I’ll pass some of these tips on to you. Today’s tip? Work like you’re at, well, work.

Working from Home Start/Stop Times

Being at work is usually pretty regimented. Start at a certain time, stop at a certain time, lunch, weekly staff meetings, and other stop/start times. Working out of your house is anything but regimented. Or is it? If you work at home, like you would in an office, it can be just as disciplined. Also, if you have something like a high-speed internet connection from ziply fiber or the likes of it, you can finish your work from home right on time. Even if you have a boss that’s a micromanager, or clocking your every move via the PC (more about this in another post) this may not be an issue. If you don’t have such a boss, the temptation to just do this or just do that during your workday will be hard to ignore, but you can do it.

If you were in an office, could you just throw in a load of laundry? Run to the bank at 9:30 a.m.? Take a nap at 3 in the afternoon? If you’re like most, the answer would be no. This same concept should be applied at home. The last thing you want to do is fall behind when you’re working from home. Do a bad job and you may lose your employment, and we don’t want that.

Get Up, Do Your Tasks, Like You’re Going to the Office

What time do you usually get up to go to the office? What do you do around the house before you leave? Do you bring your lunch, and if so, do you get it ready that morning or the night before? Stick to these types of tasks and the times you do them. You might be wondering how to dress for working at home — we recommend keeping it smart. The temptation of staying in your pajamas is high but you will be able to get in the right work mindset if you’re in your work clothes. What about commute time? This you can play with. How long does it take to get to your workplace? Use that time, and that time only, for that load of laundry, or that errand, or just as some downtime or some contemplation time; front and back end of your working day. Other than the commuting exceptions, your normal schedule it is!

Working from Home Should Be 9-5

Lastly, but most importantly, what time do you normally work in the office? Or more significantly, what are the working hours you are paid for? Whether it’s 9 to 5, 7 to 3 or something in between, this is what you adhere to when working from home. Believe me when I say, when you’re first getting the hang of this, the temptation to work extra, NON-PAID, hours will be there. Resist it with all your might. You’re not being paid to work at 8 p.m. so why would you?

If there’s something that’s stumping you about this whole “work from the house” concept, leave a comment with your dilemma and I’ll try and give you some advice on that. The only thing I can’t help with is the “what do I do with the kids home from school?” questions. Don’t have them, never have, no clue *grin* but everything else, I’m your woman. Stay tuned for the next installment of Working from Home tips and until then, enjoy it!


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