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Working from home or remote working has become the new norm in 2020 and 2021. Employers are now more open to allowing their employees to work in a more flexible way. A lot of people are commuting long distances to and from work each day which can leave you feeling tired and close to burnout. Being allowed to work from home on a full or part-time basis gives you a chance to be more productive at your job. Not having to commute and travel each day leaves you feeling more refreshed and rejuvenated to tackle your work load.

But how can you work effectively from home? How do you ensure that you still get the work done and don’t get distracted by children, family, friends, chores, online shopping or the TV. We’ve put together a list of 5 tips to help you work effectively from home. These tips will help you manage your time efficiently and get your work done.

1. Dedicated Work Space

If you regularly work remotely from home you should create a dedicated work space in your house. This space is your area for doing business. Having a dedicated work space ensures that you can effectively switch to business mode when in this area. It also sets boundaries to spouses, children or housemates that this area is specifically for work. If you have enough space then dedicate a room to be your work space but if you are short on space then dedicate a section of the room to be your work area.

Make sure that your work space is free of household clutter, has a good desk and comfortable chair, that you have ample access to plugs, good wifi access, good phone signal for calls,and storage for files and documents.

2. Create a routine - set work hours

Working from home means that you can set your own routine. You are free from all the office distractions and can take breaks at times that suit you. The downfall to this is that sometimes we can do too much work and work longer hours when home is our workplace. To prevent this from happening, set yourself a daily routine with a specific start and finish time and scheduled lunch breaks. It is very easy to deviate from this routine but stick to it to ensure you work effectively and efficiently and also to minimise stress and chances of burnout.

3. Time your tasks

Working from home in a quiet environment can sometimes mean we get too engrossed in a task and forget the time. It is very easy to get wound up in a certain task but there are other tasks that need to be completed also. It is also easy to get overly invested in a task that may not be the most important. To prevent this from happening, set specific time limits to get tasks done in. Set the timer to ensure you stay on track. Revisit the task then to determine whether it requires more time or not. Then move onto the next task and time it also.

4. Manage distractions

Working from home can be a curse also especially if family or friends continuously disrupt you during your work hours. They may mean well but every stoppage and distraction can slow you down and leave you stressed and pressured for time. It is wise to manage the people in your life. Tell them when you are available to talk and when you are working. Set boundaries to ensure that your work day can flow seamlessly and that you still have time to socialise once work is done.

5. Change of scenery

Sometimes working from home can become too quiet and can almost become claustrophobic. Too much quietness and too little social interaction can leave you feeling demotivated and isolated. To prevent this from happening work in a different room or outdoors (weather permitting) so you can get a change of scenery for an hour. Background noise can be beneficial in making you more productive as it helps you focus more deeply. Make sure to chat with friends and family regularly to ensure you don’t get lonely or feel isolated.

To work effectively from home you should: have a dedicated work area, have a comfortable desk and chair, stick to your work hours, time your tasks to avoid distraction, set out boundaries with family and friends and get a change of scenery if you feel too isolated.

Here at Fagan Office Supplies we have all you need to set up your home office. We have everything from desks to chairs, filing and storage, stationery, technology, Zoom accessories, ergonomic furniture and office supplies and much, much more!

Check out our full range online at www.fos.ie. Alternatively you can…

  • Call in to our store in Mullingar
  • Call us on 044 93 31200
  • Send us an email at sales@fos.ie

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to offer our expert advice!

Working from home or remote working has become the new norm in 2020 and 2021. Employers are now more open to allowing their employees to work in a more flexible way. A lot of people are commuting long distances to and from work each day which can leave you feeling tired and close to burnout. Being allowed to work from home on a full or part-time basis gives you a chance to be more productive at your job. Not having to commute and travel each day leaves you feeling more refreshed and rejuvenated to tackle your work load.

But how can you work effectively from home? How do you ensure that you still get the work done and don’t get distracted by children, family, friends, chores, online shopping or the TV. We’ve put together a list of 5 tips to help you work effectively from home. These tips will help you manage your time efficiently and get your work done.

1. Dedicated Work Space

If you regularly work remotely from home you should create a dedicated work space in your house. This space is your area for doing business. Having a dedicated work space ensures that you can effectively switch to business mode when in this area. It also sets boundaries to spouses, children or housemates that this area is specifically for work. If you have enough space then dedicate a room to be your work space but if you are short on space then dedicate a section of the room to be your work area.

Make sure that your work space is free of household clutter, has a good desk and comfortable chair, that you have ample access to plugs, good wifi access, good phone signal for calls,and storage for files and documents.

2. Create a routine - set work hours

Working from home means that you can set your own routine. You are free from all the office distractions and can take breaks at times that suit you. The downfall to this is that sometimes we can do too much work and work longer hours when home is our workplace. To prevent this from happening, set yourself a daily routine with a specific start and finish time and scheduled lunch breaks. It is very easy to deviate from this routine but stick to it to ensure you work effectively and efficiently and also to minimise stress and chances of burnout.

3. Time your tasks

Working from home in a quiet environment can sometimes mean we get too engrossed in a task and forget the time. It is very easy to get wound up in a certain task but there are other tasks that need to be completed also. It is also easy to get overly invested in a task that may not be the most important. To prevent this from happening, set specific time limits to get tasks done in. Set the timer to ensure you stay on track. Revisit the task then to determine whether it requires more time or not. Then move onto the next task and time it also.

4. Manage distractions

Working from home can be a curse also especially if family or friends continuously disrupt you during your work hours. They may mean well but every stoppage and distraction can slow you down and leave you stressed and pressured for time. It is wise to manage the people in your life. Tell them when you are available to talk and when you are working. Set boundaries to ensure that your work day can flow seamlessly and that you still have time to socialise once work is done.

5. Change of scenery

Sometimes working from home can become too quiet and can almost become claustrophobic. Too much quietness and too little social interaction can leave you feeling demotivated and isolated. To prevent this from happening work in a different room or outdoors (weather permitting) so you can get a change of scenery for an hour. Background noise can be beneficial in making you more productive as it helps you focus more deeply. Make sure to chat with friends and family regularly to ensure you don’t get lonely or feel isolated.

To work effectively from home you should: have a dedicated work area, have a comfortable desk and chair, stick to your work hours, time your tasks to avoid distraction, set out boundaries with family and friends and get a change of scenery if you feel too isolated.

Here at Fagan Office Supplies we have all you need to set up your home office. We have everything from desks to chairs, filing and storage, stationery, technology, Zoom accessories, ergonomic furniture and office supplies and much, much more!

Check out our full range online at www.fos.ie. Alternatively you can…

  • Call in to our store in Mullingar
  • Call us on 044 93 31200
  • Send us an email at sales@fos.ie

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to offer our expert advice!

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