• Anita Chastain

5 Tips for Your First Work from Home Job

Updated: 4 days ago

I've worked from home for almost half of my career. Here are 5 things that help me be happier and more productive work from home.


Are you just starting your first work from home job? Are you wondering what to expect?


In this article, I'll give you five tips to make your first work from home job a happier and more productive experience.


I've worked from home for almost half of my career.


In that time I've learned a few things about how to make the work-from-home experience easier that helped me be happier and more productive at work.


Working from home has both an emotional element and a physical workspace element:

Prepare yourself for the solitude of working from home and structure your work environment, so you can work efficiently.

From an emotional perspective, you want to prepare yourself for the solitude of working from home.


From a workspace perspective, you want to structure your work environment, so you can work efficiently.


Strategies that Make it Easier to Work from Home

Read on to learn what you can do to make working from home easier and more productive:


1. Prepare yourself mentally for the physical isolation. We don't think much about work being a social environment, but it is.


It can be hard to leave the camaraderie of working with other people behind.


I know that isolation was one of my biggest challenges.


It can be lonely at home when you don't get to see your coworkers every day.


There may also be days where you don't leave the house.


The isolation can be hard, particularly if you're an extrovert.


What to do... Use your company's chat tool or instant messenger to send good morning greetings to co-workers.

Those morning greetings made it easier to cope with the isolation of working at home.

I worked for a company that did this every morning. Those morning greetings made it easier to cope with the isolation of working from home.


2. Get up from your chair and move around. At the office, we get up for meetings and wander over to a coworker's desk.


You don't have that opportunity when you work for home.


Again, being at home creates a kind of isolation that we don't have in the workplace.


Getting up and moving around also gives you a mental break to ease the stress of the day.


What to do... Every two hours or so (whatever works for you), get up and walk around for a few minutes.


I've even had employers recommend that we take breaks to do quick stretches or get in some other movement at our desk.


3. Create a dedicated work area. This designated workspace might be an extra bedroom or your dining room table.


Whatever space you choose, make sure you have access to power for your laptop (or other equipment).


You also need enough table or desk space to organize and access the files, papers, or other resources you use in your job.


Finally, make sure you choose a location with reliable internet access.


What to do... Designate a convenient and quiet location for your office set up.

Create a daily "going to work" routine.

4. Create a daily "going to work" routine. When we work in an office, we follow a routine of some sort that allows us to do what we need to do to get to work on time.


It helps to set up something similar when you work from home.


A "going to work" routine will make working from home less stressful and more productive.


What to do... Treat workdays as workdays, even if you have a really flexible schedule:


Get up, get dressed, and get ready for work - just like would if you worked in an office setting.


5. Set boundaries to separate work life from home life. One of the good things about leaving your house to go to work is that it helps you mentally separate work from home.

One of the bad things about working from home is that work and home life can start to blend together.

One of the bad things about working from home is that work and home life can start to blend together.


When we don't feel a strong separation between work and home, we can start to feel burned out.


Burnout is a big problem that I've had to deal with over the years, and it can be challenging.


What to do... Learn to stop when your workday is done - and that means stopping mentally and physically.


(Here are a few strategies to help you create an evening routine to help you prepare for the next day.)


Conclusion

Working from home can be a challenge. It can feel lonely and isolating.


The good news is this:


These tips will help you figure out how to adapt to the challenges of working from home. Even with those challenges, it's possible to enjoy be happier and more productive working from home than you might have originally thought.


What challenges do you anticipate as you transition to a work-from-home position? Email me at anita (@) simplelife365.com and share your thoughts.

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