Are you working from home?
Let’s face it. Working remotely from home has some advantages. No early alarm setting. No commute. Pajama dress code. Saving money by eating lunch at home. No sitting in a confined office space. In other words, working from home can be rewarding and there are lots of ways to enhance your productivity from home. Here are some work-from-home tips as suggested by our remote Sears Home Services team:
Let the sun shine in.
Just because you are sequestered inside your home, does not mean it has to be in a dark place to work. Open the blinds. Open the curtains. Open the windows for fresh air. Are your windows working properly? If not, Sears Home Services handles window replacement and installation in your area.
Work in different locations inside your home.
Don’t be stuck working at a desk. Grab your laptop and move around your home. Work sitting on a comfortable couch. Sit outside on your balcony, porch or backyard patio. Even working at your kitchen counter can give you another great desk area. If your countertop needs refreshing, the experts at Sears Home Services handle countertop replacements like solid surface, granite and quartz countertops.
Keep your workspace neat.
The less clutter you have on your personal workspace, the more focused you will be on your work. Even looking at family photos, will take your attention away from the task at hand. If your desk is outdated and in rough shape, give it a coat of paint and change the drawer handles for a clean, modern look.
Turn on some soothing music in the background.
There is no need to sit in silence. Turn on some relaxing tunes that will keep you calm and motivated. No need for earbuds because you are in the privacy of your own home. Try to avoid television as that will no doubt be more of a distraction.
Get showered and get dressed.
Yes, we all love the pajama dress code working from home. However, it is important to feel your best. Showering in the morning before you begin work will energize you and help you feel ready to face the work day. Looking to refresh your bathroom? Sears Home Services can help you with your bathroom remodeling and bathroom renovations.
Take a well deserved lunch break.
Don’t skip lunch! Close your laptop and take a break. Go for a walk. Take the dogs outside for some fresh air. Call a friend. Close your eyes and take a quick nap. Throw in a load of laundry. Empty the dishwasher. Turn on the TV and watch one episode of your favorite show. Make a quick run to the local grocery store. Check the mailbox.
Make a list of the work tasks that you want to complete for the day.
By making a list, you will keep yourself accountable for getting your work done. Working from home brings many distractions so you need to stay focused.
Check your daily calendar and meetings schedule.
Throughout the day, check to see if you have any meetings scheduled. It is important to be ready for a meeting by having the call in phone number or online meeting link handy. You don’t want to be that person who is late for the meeting. If you have dogs, be sure to take them outside before the meeting begins.
Turn off your work computer at the end of your shift.
Working from home allows you to be on call for more than a standard 8-hour work day. If your business environment is conducive, end the work day as you would if you were working in the office. Close your laptop and walk away. If there’s a work emergency, management will find you.
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