As our world changes, increasing numbers of professionals have been called upon to work from home. While working from home has its upsides, many people have trouble adjusting to the change in routine and find themselves caught off guard when their productivity takes an unexpected dive. Check out our strategies and make sure working from home doesn’t get in the way of your career.
- Create a Dedicated Office Space: Working from home can make it difficult to separate work activities from your day-to-day responsibilities and distractions. Setting aside a space in your home exclusively for work can help create some mental distance and make it easier to resist distractions.
- Get Dressed: If you aren’t planning to see anyone, it’s tempting to work in your cozy indoor clothes or even your pajamas. But holding to your morning routine can go a long way towards getting into a professional mentality. Each morning, take a shower and put on at least semi-professional clothes before you sit down to begin your workday. One day you WILL return to the workplace. Be prepared.
- Set Boundaries: Let friends and family members know that even if you aren’t physically going into the office, you’re still maintaining your typical workday and will not be free to socialize during work hours. If you have children at home and an uninterrupted workday is unrealistic or too difficult, try to set aside specific, pre-determined times to catch up throughout the day.
- Don’t Neglect Professional Development: Don’t become stagnant just because you’re at home! Technology has made remote professional development easier and more convenient than ever. Seek out remote training opportunities online to make sure you stay up to date on your professional skills. There is nothing we love more than to hear that our clients got new jobs, promotions or increased their sales and overall business.
Want to work on your communication skills? Check out our website to learn about our virtual training, communication workshops, and materials to continue your communication journey from the comfort of your home.
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