Some people love the idea of working from home. A home office is actually, in many ways, much better for many people. If you are among these people, there are a few things you should know.
You should learn to establish yourself well so that people respect you despite you working from home. Having a home office is nothing wrong but somehow, for some unknown reason, people tend to take those working from home for granted. It is not their fault, really. It is yours. You have not expressed yourself and you are probably not following a proper rulebook to be taken seriously and considered equivalent to someone who works at the traditional office desk. How do you change that? Well, change always begins at home!
Change the Way you Speak of it
This is the first thing you should do. Many say that they work at home. That is wrong. Word play is very important here. Say that you work from home or that you have a home office. These words will have an impact. If you say you work at home, people will think you are just a random freelancer with barely a job at all. Also, your friends and family will start taking you for granted. You don’t want that to happen, do you? Be professional, thus.
Yes. Change. Don’t change yourself. Change your attire when you work. There are some people who change into formals or office wear when they start working. There are others who like staying in their PJs. Of course it is completely your choice but I’d recommend that you change at least once even if it is wearing other casual clothes. That will give you a sense of doing something besides lazying on the couch.
Just because you are working from home, don’t cut yourself off completely from your office. Keep in touch. Talk at least once a day with at least one person. Keeping in touch will keep you updated and calm at the same time. Long silences can be worrying.
Just because you are working at home doesn’t mean that you work late into the night and forget about the entire world. You need to take a break. Go shopping, have lunch, walk, or may engage in some gossip. The choice is yours.
Adjust Work Timings
Your preferred timings are good but know that not everybody will abide by those timings. Meetings and interviews won’t be held at 4 a.m. now, will they? You will say that the fun of working from home is lost if you can’t work during your suitable hours but there is a middle way here. Work out timings that are suitable for you as well as others. You might find it difficult initially but you’ll soon adjust.
These rules to work from home will help work better and improve your productivity considerably.
Working from home is a good idea as long as you follow a few rules. If you don’t, you will get distracted and you might end up wasting more of your time. Right from the way you address your work choice to adjusting your timings, you should take care of everything. It won’t take you more than a few weeks to adjust and work really well from home.