Working from home can be a great job opportunity for many different lifestyles. These include stay at home moms, busy students, traveling adventurers, military spouses, retired individuals and more. With the flexibility of work from home hours and the comfort of your pajamas, having a remote job has many benefits. However, with these great perks there also comes several challenges. These oppositions could potentially limit your ability to be productive and submit your work on time. With dodging all your chatty neighbors and balancing breakfast and bedtimes, there are endless distractions at home that can make mixing in work a stressful experience. In this article we address four potential ways you can overcome the distractions that inevitably come with working at home.
Establish a Schedule
The most important thing you can do as an individual working from home is to set aside a specific time each day to complete your assignments. With time in your schedule dedicated to your work, it will be easier for you to stay on top of all your deadlines. It is also important that you communicate your schedule to your family or roommates. This can help them understand that you would prefer to not be interrupted during your scheduled work hours. When scheduling your work hours, it is important that you find the best times for you. For example, if you are a stay at home parent, it may be beneficial for you to complete your work before the kids are awake or after they have gone to bed for the night. If you are a student enrolled in medical assistant programs and you have a big exam coming up, strive to schedule more work hours a few weeks before your exam so you can dedicate more time to study as this exam approaches. Whatever your day to day needs may be, establishing your work schedule can help you balance work and home life.
Have a Designated Work Space
The next step to incorporating work life with home life is to have a space somewhere in your home that is solely dedicated to your work. Here you can organized all of your work supplies such as computer accessories, important documents, official forms, printers, and more. In addition to helping keep the physical pieces of your work out of the hands of sticky two year olds or nosy pets, having a designated area for your workspace can help keep you on task. For example, without a designated work space, you may be tempted to do your work while watching tv or while lying down in bed. Even though you can still accomplish tasks in these areas, you are more prone to distractions and less likely to be as productive as you could have been. However, working in a specified area that is away from distractions can help you become more efficient and reduce oxidative stress that often disrupts your work progress.
Use a Planner
Whether you opt in to using a traditional paper planner or you choose to use a digital version, having a planner can help keep you on task as you work from home. In an office it can be easy to remember all of your deadlines because everyone around you is also working towards those same deadlines. Many team managers will also remind you in person about upcoming due dates and ask you how your projects are going. However, when you are working at home, your interactions with fellow employees are much more limited, possibly leaving you vulnerable to forgetting your deadlines. In order to always remember your when projects are due, be sure to make a note of them in your planner. Staying organized and aware of your deadlines will help make working from home easier and more relaxing.
Stay Ahead of the Curve
Working at home can come with a lot of surprises, many of which can halt your work progress. In order to combat these setbacks, it is beneficial for you to tackle your tasks sooner rather than later. By constantly trying to complete assignments before their official deadline, you will be prepared for those days when your child is sick, your homework is due, your friend wants to hangout, or you simply just need a nap. A good goal to work towards is to have each task completed at least three days before its actual due date. The reality of this goal may not always work for every situation, however, it is a good way to keep you ahead of the game and less stressed about work.
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