1. Create and Invest in a Dedicated Workspace

As humans are creatures of habit, a space created in the house solely for work helps train the brain to think about “work” anytime you are there. This also helps focus on the tasks at hand.

It is also important that the home office have all the necessary tools needed for executing tasks professionally. These include;

  • Reliable and dedicated computer system.
  • Quality telephony and INTERNET connection.
  • Comfortable furniture and filing system.
  • General office supplies.

2. Plan Daily Tasks

It is important to set and keep priorities in the office, much more when working from home where the likelihood of distractions are high. Without the supervision of a boss or the presence of colleagues, self-discipline is very vital.

If family is around the house during home work hours, it is important to anticipate their presence and make plan to keep them from interfering with work. This can be achieved for instance, by hiring babysitters for children if any, for the duration of work.

On the To-Do List, items must be listed in order of priority of execution. Software such as AllThings, Any.do, dropTask and Todoist are examples of effective tools capable of managing tasks.

3. Take regular snack breaks

It is difficult to be 100% focused on task all the time and not feel bored at a point, especially considering the lonely home environments. Therefore it is important to refresh yourself through regular breaks to regenerate energy and willpower (reduce fatigue and exhaustion) to continue task successfully.

A very good technique is the POMODORO TECHNIQUE, which suggest 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes break. This useful technique can moreover be customized to suit the demands of your work.

 

4. Make use of Cloud Storage

Working from home means that you are sometimes required to work from many other places apart from your home office. This can be from a train, a cafeteria, a university lobby or even awaiting a doctor’s appointment. It is disappointing to be unable to access files because they are probably stored on a desktop somewhere in the home office. Thus, using cloud storage is a means to avoid the inability to access these files on-the-go.

There are several cloud service providers, offering packages ranging from free packages to premium packages. Cloud services providers include Dropbox, Box, iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Cloud, CloudMe among many others.

 

5. Get out and socialize

Working from home has many associated positive aspects, ranging from flexible work hours to comfort in personal environment. However, its been ascertained that most people who work from home lack adequate physical social interactions due to the long hours they spend in isolation.

Therefore, it is important to create connections with other people. Organizing dinner parties for co-workers, pool side parties for friends and their kids, joining a gym or yoga club or hangouts with friends for occasional weekend drink-ups are great ways of making and maintaining connections.

A very good technique is the POMODORO TECHNIQUE, which suggest 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes break. This useful technique can moreover be customized to suit the demands of your work.