My dreams came true when I was offered a work at home position. I am very fortunate to work for a company that truly values work/life balance and just a short while ago left the office to pursue an amazing opportunity. There are some things I learned along the way that I would love to share. This is my list of the keys to a successful work at home experience.
I came up with a bright idea to adopt two kittens from a local animal shelter with the intention that they would keep me company while I worked. This was bad decision number one. I learned fairly quickly that these adorable little fluff balls were a constant interruption to my concentration. Needless to say, they have now been banned from my workspace. I also made sure that my family and friends are aware of the hours that I am on the clock to eliminate phone calls during these time frames. In order to keep focused and stay productive it is imperative to keep your focus on the job at hand just as you would if your boss was standing there with you. Home can present some challenges to ones’ attention to details and focus.
Creating A Comfortable Workspace.
In order to be successful as a work at home agent, you want to create an environment that feels comfortable and functional. Unfortunately for my husband Steve, that meant taking over his desk space. You’ll want to make sure that you have the necessary room and supplies needed to fulfill your work obligations. Think about what you will need to complete your daily tasks just as you would if you were going into the office. Keep this space free from personal bills and the usual things you would find in an office used for your own personal finances. Make sure the room is well lite, preferably near a window. One of the things I was most appreciative about working from home was the natural light and simply being able to look out my window. Just one of the perks to my at home office.
Maintain Your Personal Appearance.
At first, it sounded so nice to be able to work in my pajamas all day. I typically start my day at 5am and most days I’m still in my PJs till my lunch break. I make sure that each day on my lunch break I put myself together as if I were still going to the office. The way we feel about our appearance helps to promote a confidence and all around better self esteem. It’s imperative that you look your best so you will feel your best. You may find it better to get ready before starting your day or like me you may wait till lunch. It will be whatever works best for you, but a some time during your work day, put your fabulous on..
Healthy Eating Habits.
I truly had a love affair with the vending machine at the office. The office also posed challenges with pot lucks and free food incentives provided by the company. Being at home has given me a chance to leave those bad habits behind. I only stock my pantry with healthy foods eliminating the mindless eating that often takes place during work. In only a short time I have started to notice the difference in my appearance.
I work with amazing people and consider them my extended family. It can be rare to have a work environment where everyone gets along (98% of the time). One of the biggest concerns was that I would lose all my social interactions and isolate in my home. This is a key to success that I am mindful of, making efforts to stay connected to my work family. Participate more, use instant messaging, and include myself more in outside activities with my co-workers. Instead of saying no, as I have done in the past, I will participate in social activities. Working at home can also present the fear of becoming forgotten or the company not utilizing my talents. The saying out of sight – out of mind, could present future issues. Keep yourself relevant continuing to add value through your ideas and contributions to your employer.
Enjoy The Extra Time You Will Have.
How wonderful it is to take back your time. Eliminating drive time and being able to enjoy a more flexible schedule. I have easily added an extra hour of “Me Time” in the day. I have found working at home makes my job easier and more productive. The office can often be a noisy, distracting environment. Not only will you be able to have more time for yourself, but the time at work will be more fruitful. This is a win-win for not only you, but your company as well.
Summary Of My Experience So Far.
The first week working at home left me feeling unconfident in my abilities. This was merely a state of mind and needing to adjust to being more independent. I found myself second guessing myself and making minor mistakes in a job I am very proficient in. After this learning curve my production actually got easier and my confidence returned. I learned that the keys to my success working at home was attainable by simply following the changes I listed above. I am sure as time passes I will find more keys to success working at home. I give a big shout out to my employer for providing me this chance. If I could name them I would, but you know who you are so thank you.