Due to the coronavirus many more people are joining those already working from home. It is quite a change from your normal routine of going into the office five days a week and working with others, so you need to make your new work environment as comfortable as possible for you to be productive. When working for your company from home you should still to stick to your normal hours of work as much as possible and it is important to keep in touch with your colleagues by phone or video conferencing so that you do not feel isolated.
For those who are their own boss and have been working from home for a while you don’t need to worry about being late for work, being written up, laid off or fired. However, you are solely in charge, so it is up to you to face all the challenges involved in owning a business, most of all making money.
If you are now finding yourself in one of these two situations how do you stay motivated while working from home?
1. Work-life vs Family Life
When working at home family can be your biggest distraction, particularly now as most of your family including kids may be at home. It is vital to set up a separate room in your house to work where you can close the door if necessary. You need to let the family know that when you are in that room you are working and unavailable except for an emergency. Don’t forget that this separate workspace can allow for a tax deduction if you are self-employed.
2. Keeping your concentration when working from home
3. Motivational Challenges
4. Dealing with the lack of Office Equipment
If you are working from home, either temporarily or permanently it is important for you to have the necessary equipment to do your job. When you are working for an employer at home, they should provide the equipment that you need to do the job. If own your own business, you should invest in the office equipment that you need. These days computers, and multifunction printers and scanners are way less expensive than they used to be. Look out for low interest and interest free deals offered by stores to help reduce the costs and you may be able to offset some of these expenses on your taxes.
5. Getting Access to Company Documents
If you are working from home for your employer, they need to set up a way for you to able to access company documents from home over the internet. There are many programs and apps that will allow you to do that easily.
6. Egonomic Issues
It can be difficult to keep your concentration if you are not comfortable in your workspace. Make sure you are equipped with a proper office desk and office chair to support your back, neck and shoulders. Take a few minutes break each hour or two and standup, walk about and stretch. Be conscious of your posture while working as bad posture will result in pain and trips to the chiropractor or for physio.
As working from home is becoming more of the norm and may become even more so as companies realize that their employees working remotely can save them money, and workers find that working from home gives them a better work-life balance.