3 Habits to Master When Working from Home
Here’s How to Succeed as a Remote Worker
Over the past several months, our idea of what a “normal” office job is like has drastically changed as a result of the still-raging coronavirus pandemic. While generations of Americans have grown accustomed to leaving home for work at 9 and leaving the office at 5, that seems to be no longer the case for many as the pandemic has led to never-before-seen lockdowns, quarantines, travel restrictions, and social distancing measures.
Research shows that about 42% of the American labor force is now working full-time from their homes.
While working from home used to be a nice perk that other companies offer to their employees, it has now become the new normal.
Although many welcome this sudden change, others are going through a transition that’s far from being smooth. If you’re someone who’s having trouble with the new work setup, know that you’re not alone. However, you should know that working remotely doesn’t have to be a painful experience for you.
What Are the 3 Habits to Master When Working from Home?
Believe it or not, you can be a successful remote worker! However, this won’t happen overnight. You’ll need to develop and master some habits that will help you adjust to the new normal. Here are the habits you need to master when working from home:
- Have your own to-do list.
It helps to write down everything you need to accomplish before your workday ends. This will keep you from feeling distracted and overwhelmed by all the tasks that you have to complete. Each time you cross off the items you’ve completed, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. This can help keep you motivated as you go along.
To make your to-do list as effective as it can be, start it with the top three urgent tasks for your day. Once you’ve done them, you’ll easily get to the habit of following through. If you’re trying to complete a huge project, be sure to break the tasks into bite-sized pieces to make them more achievable.
- Set some boundaries and enforce them.
Many remote workers get easily distracted by their chatty spouse, impossibly loud kids, or household chores. If you’re one of them, the best thing you can do to overcome these distractions is to set some boundaries and enforce them. Be sure to let everyone in the family know when they could disturb you and when they couldn’t.
One way to do this is to set a fixed schedule. For instance, you can let them know that you’ll be busy between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. but that you can have lunch with them or spend time with them after work. If you have a designated home office, you can choose to close the door during your work hours or you could wear headphones if you’re working in a communal space.
- Take planned breaks.
It would be impossible to stay productive if you don’t take short breaks after you complete each task. However, you need to keep in mind that taking breaks at home can usually take longer than you initially expected. If you’re not careful, this can seriously affect your productivity.
To avoid losing your focus and momentum, try to take timed breaks. While you’re at it, make an effort to stay away from your electronic gadgets during your break. Instead of cyber-loafing or watching TV, consider making coffee, stretching, or tidying up your work desk.
How You Can Help the Jobless in Your Community
Whatever adjustments you need to do to master the art of working from home, you have to do them for your own sake and that of your family. Working remotely is infinitely better than having no work at all, which unfortunately is the current situation facing many American workers who have lost their jobs or are unable to get employed as a result of the pandemic.
The jobless include the men and women in your community who are saddled with disabilities, lack of education or essential skills, and other disadvantages that make it difficult for them to find decent and stable sources of income.
You can easily help these folks — and yourself, too! If you have any type of vehicle that’s just gathering dust in your garage or backyard, that’s all you need to make a difference in the lives of your disadvantaged neighbors. All you got to do is to donate that clunker to us at Goodwill Car Donations. When you do that, you’ll also relieve yourself of the headaches of having a troublesome and repair-prone vehicle.
We will sell your vehicle through an auction, with the proceeds going to the Goodwill organizations serving your local area. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits cater to disadvantaged individuals, providing them with job training, employment opportunities, scholarships, livelihood assistance, disability benefits, and other critical community-building support services.
While helping deserving individuals attain financial stability, you’ll also rid yourself of an unwanted vehicle with no hassle and at no cost to you since we will provide you with our free towing service. What’s more, your donation will make you eligible to enjoy a top tax deduction in the next tax season.
Your gift will also allow you to savor the satisfaction of having served your community by helping empower your less fortunate neighbors.
Turn Your Beater into a Life-Changer Today
We can turn your beater into a powerful instrument that can free people from poverty. Call Goodwill Car Donations at 866-233-8586 or fill out our secure online donation form now!