We are the sandwich generation. And I am not referring to food here. Gone are the day when we had large families where we can have our old parents and children left behind at home with complete confidence that someone responsible is at home who would do the needful while you go out there and earn a living. Even with all the day care centers and nursing homes available, if you feel you need to give your child or parent the care they gave you or deserve, you will be caught in a great dilemma. This is simply because you cannot afford to choose as such any more. While you must work to meet your daily needs, you must also need to look after your loved ones. Working from home is now becoming a hot trend as well: especially as it helps in saving in travel costs and time. If you are working from home currently or considering it, here are a few do’s and don’ts for you to follow.
Imagine you are going to work
Working from home does not mean you have no rules. You have to be more disciplined than ever to make the arrangement work. In order to make the arrangement work, you have to plan your day well. Start your mornings early and get ready as though you are going to work (may be not all that make-up) but pep yourself up. Know what you are handling for that day or your workload.
You cannot work off your kitchen table. There are far too many distractions with other conversations happening around you and reminding you of other things that you should get done. Find yourself a corner and convert it to a functional workspace. There are very good and trendy commercial fit out Sydney that offer simple solutions to turn the space under your stairs in to a great workstation.
Have a schedule
Remember I mentioned discipline? The best way to make your time count is to have a proper schedule and try your very best to stick to it. Let not thyself be distracted less you will lose the confidence of your employer. Taking breaks to catch up with your friend or going for a loaf that turns out to be an entire afternoon out shopping is not acceptable.
Look after yourself
When you work from home there are no switch off times. You tend to work through your lunch and through your nights at a stretch. Even if you take your proper lunch break and stop work at the right time, you might fall into the trap of taking on more than you could chew. Consider if you can truly complete as you are expected to or promised to. If you don’t take care of yourself, you might feel more exhausted than when you actually had to travel.