Top Tips for Success Working from Home
By Pete Richardson Revolution Health Correspondent
I am reproducing these tips from the blog section of the Direct Selling Association UK website, with some thoughts and additions from personal experience in italics.
More and more people are finding themselves working from. The Direct Selling Association UK has issued a set of tips to help make working from home both stress-free and successful.
As a partner in a multi-level marketing company and an avid home-worker of at least two years, I can relate to all of this advice – and have add my thoughts where I feel I can add value
- Create A Comfortable, Separate Space For Working
This is critical to your success when working at home. Your space should be relatively free from distractions such as family, pets, home telephone and the television. Try to find a spot with a nice view from a window if you can. Importantly, make sure your chair is comfortable too! I recently upgraded my chair and it’s proved a godsend…my back no longer aches due to sitting on a dining chair for hours each day. Get a proper office chair.
- Make Sure You Have Everything You Need
Your laptop, the laptop charger, pad of paper, pens, and anything else you need to use on a regular basis. Think about what you normally have on your desk in the office, and would it help you feel better and more in work mode if you had them around you at home? Notebooks (old style paper ones) are an absolute necessity for me. If it’s not on a note in my notebook it doesn’t exist. And it isn’t subject to wifi issues!
- Set Boundaries With Your Family And Friends
When you first begin working from home, friends and family may not understand the demands this requires of you. In the beginning, you need to be careful to set boundaries for your family and friends as well as good work habits for yourself. But at the same time relish the new freedom and opportunities it gives you.
- Stay Connected
If you’re not used to working from home, it might feel a little strange at first. It’s important to stay connected with your fellow colleagues and use video conferencing and the telephone to stay in touch. You will find you and your co-workers may e-mail or call more often to stay in touch. Don’t be afraid to Zoom, Zoom, and Zoom again. It can get quite lonely at times – especially if you are locked down socially as well as workwise.
- Schedule Daily And Weekly Breaks
Schedule breaks into your day, just as you would if you were at work. Take a regular lunch and stand up and walk around periodically. You might find it helpful to set an alarm to remind you to move away from the computer. Walk the dog, go into the garden – embrace the new working world around you. Don’t be a slave to the clock.
- Understand Your Work Style
It is crucial for you to understand how you work best. Do you work best according to your moods? If so, keep track of your tasks according to task type: computer work, telephone work, meetings, etc. This way you can perform these tasks when you are at your best. I was up and working at 4am this morning and will go back to bed at about 9am when I have finished this piece of work – I love that I can work the hours I choose – as long as I get projects finished on time for any third party clients.
- Keep Track Of Your Work
It is important to organise your work in such a way that enables you to quickly and clearly see what you have accomplished. Keeping track of what you have finished will help you keep your priorities in order. You will have less people around you reminding you of deadlines and giving you ‘a nudge’ when deadlines approach. How brilliant is that? You start becoming the master of your own work destiny. That can be incredibly empowering and liberating.
- Ask For Help Or Input
Have regular meetings with your manager and colleagues using video conferencing or the telephone. Working from home can be lonely and it’s important for you to still feel part of the team (and your colleagues are probably missing you like crazy!). See point 4 above.
- Take Care Of Yourself
Get up at a regular time and get dressed. Have your breakfast and coffee before work if that is your habit. Set regular breaks and a proper finishing time. Avoid the temptation to work when it should be family time and remember to exercise and go to bed at your normal time. Don’t be tempted to have later nights because you don’t have the morning commute – it’s a slippery slope. Or work as necessary and when you are at your most productive, Who said it has to be eight hours from 9 to 5? Maybe 11 till 2 is brilliant and as you are alone working more productively maybe you don’t need a full eight hours. Many of the hours chatting or in extended meetings no longer exist. Do what it takes to get the work done. And enjoy the new life you are making for yourself.