Top 8 Work From Home Tips

You have now decided that you want to work from home. Working from home with L S & L Just One Call Away LLC. does not only have it’s benefits but also can come with distractions, here are some tips to keep you focused while working remotely.

I have now worked from home for over two years now, and while it has its ups and downs I have learned lots of ways to keep me motivated and focused on days when I just don’t want to work at all yet alone work from home where is there no one around to tell me to get to work and stay focused. While I know each day comes with new challenges, I also know each challenge comes with a new strategy to stay on task.

1. Maintain Regular Hours

Set a schedule, and stick to it…as much as you can. Mapping out a clear guideline for when to work and when to call it a day maintain a healthy work-life balance. Even though of the benefits of remote work is flexibility, and sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate clients needs doesn’t mean you can’t call it an early day, or take off early another day. Remember you are in control of your schedule so make it work for you.

2. Set Ground Rules with the People at home

Set ground rules with other people in your home for when you work. If you have children who are at home or come home while you are working, make sure you have clear guidelines on what their routine is going to be. Make sure that you remember that you are working from home, you are not there to take care of the pets, the house projects, or even the kids. It is super important to make sure you don’t run yourself out of time for you to work, relax, and most of all be with family and friends or you will wear out quickly.

3. Schedule Breaks Regularly

Know when it is best for you to take breaks. Can you work 3 hours with no break, or do you need to break every 2 hours? When you’re self-employed, remember to take adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. Take a walk down the street, walk around the yard, take a jog, or even just take an afternoon nap. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seems to be the standard for full-time US employees so make sure you get your time too. Most of all know what you need to be successful in working.

4. Don’t Hesitate to Ask for What You Need

Communicate is key while working remotely. Even though you may be responsible for your own workspace you never know who may have what you need or be able to tell you where to get it quickly and cheap. Making sure that your workspace works for you helps to lower street keep you comfortable and more organized to keep you on take.

5. Keep a Dedicated Office Space

In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use. It’s more secure for the employer, and it lets you do all your NSFW activities in private. But not everyone has a separate office in their home, and keeping two machines isn’t always realistic. Instead, dedicate a desk and some peripherals only for work use. For example, when your laptop is hooked up to the monitor and external keyboard, it’s work time. When it’s on your lap, that’s personal time. You may want to go as far as partitioning your hard drive and creating a separate user account for work.

6. Socialize with Colleagues

Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. Companies with a remote work culture usually offer ways to socialize. Keep up with the group page on Facebook, friend your co-workers, get to know them, remember here at L S & L Just One Call Away we are here for you. Not only as your colleague but as your friends. Working remotely requires you to often means overcommunicating. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. Make sure they all know when you have hit a hold up or something that might help them in the future as well.

7. Be Positive

I like succinct and clear messages, but I know that the less face time I have with people, the less they know how to interpret my tone in writing. When you work remotely full-time, you must be positive, to the point where it may feel like you’re being overly positive. Otherwise, you risk sounding like a jerk. It’s unfortunate, but true. Embrace the exclamation point! Find your favorite emoji :D. You’re going to need them.

8. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Remember that working from home takes time to get down your routine, you will have to re-adjust several times before it all seems to fall into place but one day at a time is all you can do. We are all here for you no matter what happens and most of us have been doing this for long enough we all have secrets to our madness.

These tips are only the start of the what we all do to make sure that we have keep motivated, have individual to talk to, make sure we can get options. Above all else, figure out what works best for you. Sometimes the answer is apparent, but other times you might need some inspiration from other people who are in the same boat. A supportive community of remote employees does exist, you just have to make sure you use it as often as possible.

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