While more laid-back than the office, working from home has its own set of challenges that many of us have encountered over the past several months. Conference calls and video chats can make noise management a struggle, and that’s when then technology itself isn’t giving us fits. Aside from collaboration troubles, it can also be difficult keeping work separate from family life, even if it’s just one partner living with us.
Bringing more structure into the day is often the best way to address the challenges of home-based work. Creating a set schedule is a good start. Just being clear with other people in your home about when you need privacy and a quiet work environment goes a long way. Another strategy is to create a special place to work that clearly establishes the boundaries between home and professional life. The added benefit of this is that you can “leave” the office at the end of the day.
Some of us have also felt the temptation of distractions like the kitchen or entertainment apps pulling at us to procrastinate on work. This is another area where having a set schedule can help. By visualizing ourselves being in another place altogether during set work times we can stay focused. We can also teach our kids this strategy, both for their own work as well as limiting interruptions of ours.
While not everyone is fortunate enough to have dedicated office space in their home, you can simulate this approach with the tools you use. Things like laptop stands can help with neck-strain, and cord organizers with dedicated cords for each device can help keep our workspace clutter-free and productive. At FlexVerk, we help you create a workspace that’s perfect for your challenges. See our collection of work from home accessories.