How to Work From Home: 4 Tips for Maintaining Professionalism When Working Remote by Rob Mastrantonio
Staying professional while working from home can be tricky. Working from home means more time for family and friends fewer distractions, but it also means you’re the only one who’s around for the whole day. Fortunately, you can do a few things to keep yourself professional.
1. Establish a Workday Routine
It becomes easier if you’ve already decided on a set start and end time for your working day. It can be anything from waking up around the same time you usually wake up to working for just a couple of hours at the end of the day. Task-based working is also easier with a set start and ends time. Instead of constantly jumping between tasks, you can focus on one task at a time, which helps reduce stress and keeps you focused so that your work gets done faster.
2. Plan Out Your Workday By Writing It Down
Before you even get started with your work, write everything you need to get done the next day. If possible, list them in order of priority. Keep this to hand while you’re working so that if you’re stuck on one task, you can easily see what’s next and whether or not there’s a better way of tackling a specific task than the one you’re doing already.
3. Do Not Multitask While Working From Home
It’s tempting to answer messages when they come in, turn on the TV to watch a bit of work-related content or come up with an idea for a side project. If you let these distractions get in the way of your work, it can be frustrating and time consuming to try and get back on track. Therefore, do not even consider doing so. Even if you don’t work at a desk, it can be harder to avoid distractions when other people are around. Try to shut yourself off as much as possible so that your working day isn’t constantly disrupted.
4. Dress Nice and Take Care of Yourself
As with any workplace, you should look professional while working from home. It doesn’t mean getting dressed in an expensive suit and tie every day, but it does mean dressing up in something comfortable while still looking nice and clean.
Working from home does not have to mean working in an unprofessional manner. It’s all a matter of discipline and priorities. Staying professional while working from home can be challenging, but it’s manageable as long as you put your mind to it. Having a good set routine, separating work life and personal life, and prioritizing your tasks is the key to success.
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