Most workers would initially say YES to that question.
Do you know of someone who works from home? How effective do you think they are?
How effective do they think they are?
Ned Hallowell, Driven to Distraction at Work, says "the obvious benefits for workers include flexibility, autonomy, and the comfort of working in your own space.
Working outside an office can be a challenge. So how do you stay focused and productive? Lets look at some ways to work from home effectively:
Be a self starter
Set up your home office routine with set working hours. Try to avoid distractions and remember you at at "work". You will need to ensure you are motivated.
Have a critical eye
Self assess your work and provress on a regular basis.You dont have someone at work to give you regular feedback.
Double check your work with a critical eye. Regularly assess your productivity to ensure that you are making the most of your day.
Be tech savvy
Ensure that you are proficient in the software and technology you need to work with in your home office.It also good to have someone you can call on for any IT problems that may arise.
Set clear boundaries
Dont let your work life blur into your home life otherwise you may start to feel you are always at work and lose a place to come home to. So keep the two distinct.
Practice good organisational skills
Being organised will help you work faster, smarter and more effectively.
Have systems to keep you on track, digital and hard copy documents filled in a well organised system, and prioriitise your work schedule to ensure correct job priorities.
If you are someone who needs the structure of a regular office job, who needs other colleagues for company, and thrives in a busy environment you may find your motivation and productivity will diminish when working in a home office. A home office requires someone who can work by themselves, is self motivated and independent. It is not for everyone. Of course you can still brainstorm with your work colleagues and have regular meetings to keep in touch.
Maintain a regular schedule
Setting a schedule not only provides structure to the day it also helps you stay motivated. Set realistic expectations for what you can accomplish on a daily basis. Make a schedule and stick to it.
Take regular breaks
It can be easy to try to prove you are productive at home by working flat out all day. Restorative breaks to rest your brain is important. It is a muscle and needs rest. Hallowell says it is vital to "take regular brain breaks". Research into the habits of the most productive employees at a social media company discovered that the best workers were working intently for 52 minutes and then taking a 17 minute break. The break can be anything that gives your brain a rest.
If you are in a job that is part of a team and has face to face contact with colleagues on a daily basis, you need to put in extra effort to stay connected. Weakened productivity and motivation can be a result of prolonged isolation. So plan regular coffee and meetings with your colleagues or clients. Join professional organisatons and use social media. Share some of your successes with your colleagues or an accomplishment for the day.
Celebrate your wins
Working on your own can affect your motivation. It is important to share your successes with your colleagues. Recognise and acknowledge to your self what you have achieved. Make a note each day of your achievements and what you have been able to cross off your to-do list.
So remember working from home does not suit us all and we may be more happy and productive in a structured office.