Working from Home: 6 Tips for Staying Focused and Getting Stuff Done

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Working from home is great! With all the developments in business technology, remote workspaces are more achievable now than ever. Getting work done in your pajamas is nice but working from home comes with its challenges. It can be very difficult to go from sending emails at your office desk to having virtual meetings in your living room.

Check out these tips on how to make working from home, work for you:

1.Set a Schedule.

The hardest part of working from home is staying focused and on task. The best way to combat this is to make a schedule! Create specific time frames for meetings, lunch, responding to emails, frequent breaks, and finishing up the day’s projects. The more your remote work situation can mirror your usual daily office schedule, the better!

2.Create a dedicated work space.

Your work environment affects you more than you think! Try to create a comfortable, clean, and quiet space for you to focus on your work at home.

3.Ask questions.

Working remotely can bring a lot of confusion. How will meetings be held? How will this affect current projects? How long should we expect to work from home? How can I be cyber safe while working from home? These are all questions you should be asking to ensure you are aware of your expectations and obligations while you work remotely.

4.Use a VPN.

Practice cyber safety by connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs allow you to connect to a remote, private network (like your company Wi-Fi) from the comfort of your home. Make sure to consult with your IT department to set up your VPN and ensure you are following your company’s network security guidelines!

5.Take breaks.

It can be hard to mix home life with work life! Make sure to take frequent breaks. Take a walk, have a snack, talk to your friends and family! You get your best work done when your brain is well-rested and healthy.

6.Hold virtual meetings.

When it comes to working remotely, communication is more important than ever! Don’t limit your team to phone calls and emails; take advantage of services that can help you maintain face-to-face communication. Services like Cisco Webex Teams and Microsoft Teams can help you hold meetings and share content in real time, virtually!

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