20 Tips for Working From Home

20 Tips for Working From Home
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Maintain Regular Hours
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Create a Morning Routine
3.
Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space
4.
Schedule Breaks
5.
Take Breaks in Their Entirety
Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance.
A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.
Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work.
Know your company's policy on break times and take them.
Don't short-change yourself during breaks, especially your lunch hour.
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Leave Home
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Don't Hesitate to Ask for What You Need
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Keep a Dedicated Office Space
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Maintain a Separate Phone Number
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Use a VPN
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Socialize With Colleagues
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"Show Up" to Meetings and Be Heard
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Get Face Time
14.
Take Sick Days
15.
Look for Training Opportunities
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Overcommunicate
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Be Positive
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Take Advantage of Your Perks
19.
Don't Be Too Hard on Yourself
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End Your Day With a Routine
Take a walk. Weed the garden. You get the picture.
If you're working from home unexpectedly due to coronavirus, ask for what you need within reason.
In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use.
Set up a phone number that you only use for calls with colleagues and clients.
Use a VPN whenever you're connected to a network that you don't control.
If you're not at a company with a strong remote culture, you may need to be more proactive about nurturing relationships.
Certainly, you'll take part in video conferences and conference calls, but it's a good idea to attend optional meetings sometimes, too.
If your employer is lax about getting you in a room with other employees, ask to have an annual or semi-annual trip in your contract.
When you're not well, take the sick time you need. If sick days are part of your compensation package, take the time off that you need.
When you're not in an office with your fellow employees, you might miss out on training and skills development courses that are taught in person.
Working remotely requires you to overcommunicate.
When you work remotely full-time, you must be positive, to the point where it may feel like you're being overly positive.
Working remotely comes with unique perks. Take advantage of them. You deserve it.
The most successful remote employees have a reputation for being extremely disciplined.
Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the close of the workday.
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