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Today I would like to share with you some strategies to help setup an effective work environment in your home.

Let’s be clear though we only want this to be a temporary environment during work hours and it is important that you do not use these strategies to feed your workaholic addictions.  That is a post for another day.

On Tuesday we talked about the things that create distractions, so let’s use these to build on how we help minimise these distractions and environmental conditions.

Distractions and environment:

  • Setup an area of your home that is to be used for work, if you have an office that would be ideal, but if not use the kitchen table and setup like an office desk for those time you are working
  • Let people know that you are  not available for interruptions between the hours you are working and stick to it
  • Turn off the house phone and leave message bank to take those calls
  • Getup, get dressed, walk out your front door and go around the block and come back with the mind set that you are now entering your office.  Do the reverse at the end of the day
  • Have breaks as you normally would at work and you can use those times to check messages, catch up for a coffee, etc

Boss’s Trust:

  • Have your work phone on you at all times and be available
  • Setup deliverables that you will achieve on days you are working at home
  • Suggest a trial period to help your Boss gain the trust they need to allow this to happen – in other words, show not tell

Networking & Office Politics:

  • Have set days where you work in the office and use that time to network
  • Build relationships as if you were working remotely – you actually are, even if it is only 5 minutes away
  • Be happy that some office politics you don’t need to be involved in

The list goes on and the important piece is that you setup your environment and conditions that working from home not only works for you, but your career and organisation that you work for.

Of course it goes without saying that you also need to ensure you are following good ergonomic practices to ensure you protect yourself against injury in the work place (your home).

If you need help with working from home, please contact me at Startafreshlife and I would be happy to share other tips of the trade.