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Working from home is more effective

working from home

With rapidly advancing technology, working from home is currently trending in some industries. It allows people to communicate with their teams and supervisors beyond geographical boundaries. This is especially true when your work tools are accessible regardless of your location. This gives you the absolute flexibility to schedule your workflow according to your preference, wherever you are. 

  • According to one study, remote employees work 1.4 more days per month than their office-based counterparts, resulting in more than three additional weeks of work per year.
  • A 2019 survey by Airtasker found that working from home not only benefits employees by eliminating their daily commutes, it also increases productivity and leads to healthier lifestyles.

You’ll Save Time

When you work from home, you’re not wasting your time waiting for the bus and trying to beat the traffic jams.

That’s one of the strongest benefits to working from home. Extra time saved here can be used somewhere else, you can have more me-time or just spend it with your friends and family.

Your Office Can Be Anywhere—and I Mean Anywhere!

And you’re not tied to your home, either. That doesn’t mean your only other location will be the coffee shop around the corner: You can take care of your job while traveling, enjoying the great outdoors or even listening to your favourite music. 

You’ll Save Money

Of course you’ll see an immediate difference in your bank account when you don’t need to pay the costs of commuting. But you’ll also find savings in other areas. You won’t have to force yourself into a suit and polished shoes anymore —no more separate wardrobes for work. And you can also save on food costs since you’ll easily be able to make your own lunch and coffee if you work from home. 

Your Schedule Can Be Your Own

A lot of the work that can be done remotely nowadays can also be done on a flexible schedule. For example, if you’re a web developer or a content creator, you can most likely do your coding or writing whenever it suits you as long as you meet your deadlines. You can still put in your eight hours without starting at 8 AM.

If you do need to work specific hours, you’re sure to still have some break time—time you can use however you’d like! Even if you have just 10 minutes, you can do something that just wouldn’t be possible in a traditional office: go outside for a quick walk, do some yoga moves, or take a refreshing power nap. 

You Can Learn More and Become More Independent

Because you don’t have colleagues to support you, you’ll find yourself developing the skill of looking for your own answers and becoming more proactive to find what you need on your own. Of course you can still ask questions and get help if you need to. But, a lot of the time, you can do a Google search, download a free guide, or check out your company’s wiki to find the answer yourself just as quickly.

And you’ll also end up with some skills simply because you need them to work well remotely. For example, you’ll probably notice that you’re writing more clear and concise emails and being more sensitive to your team’s different schedules out of necessity once you’ve worked remotely for a while. Not bad things to be good at!

You Can Keep in Touch More Effectively

Because you don’t have everyone physically around you all the time, you become much more aware of the importance of keeping in touch. So, either in the process of composing your message or planning the meeting, you’ll refine your thoughts and questions and end up saving time for both of you when you do have that discussion.

 

Tips for working at home: 

Stick with your regular routine 

Wake up at your normal time, get dressed in real clothes (not pajamas!). It may sound trivial, but this helps you mentally prepare for the day ahead and get into the “I’m going to work” mindset. 

Create a work space

Although it’s tempting to stay in bed, it is best that you set up a station. If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room table. Besides making you feel like you’re at an “office,” this helps you maintain good posture, avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day.

Take Breaks

The most effective way for remote employees to stay productive is to take breaks. Get up every so often during the workday, especially when you’re particularly drained or distracted, to grab a healthy snack, walk around their home, call a friend, meditate, etc.

Get some fresh air

Since experts advise social distancing and just stay home, you’re likely going to spend a lot of time indoors. Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible, and take short walks if you live in an underpopulated area — and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.

Stay connected with your colleagues.

If you work on a team, make sure to check in regularly just like you would in the office. Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and focused, and share the status of your lists with your supervisor so they know you’re on top of your work.