Working at Home Challenges and Solutions

Working from home is today’s “new normal”. It presents some challenges. However, there are solutions to every challenge.

The Challenges

  • No special place for a work-only environment
  • No line between work and play
  • No tools or software
  • Too many distractions
  • No accountability
  • No exercise

The Solutions

  • Set aside a designated room or area for work only
  • Set your schedule to include specific work hours
  • Use online tools and software designed specifically for your work needs
  • Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and be accountable for their progress

Productivity Hacks

  • Complete the biggest, most pressing tasks before distractions put you behind
  • Use the one-minute rule: Anything that can be done within a minute should be done first
  • Schedule breaks throughout your day
  • Get tomorrow’s work ready before you leave for the day
  • Set up “To-Do” lists. Add anything you didn’t finish today and schedule time to complete them tomorrow

Optimizing Your Office

  • Use systems to keep yourself organized
  • Go paperless as much as possible
  • Make yourself comfortable. Adjust your desk, chair, and computer so you don’t end up with aches and pains.
  • Create an environment of peace. Play soothing music, place inspirational quotes on your desk or wall.
  • Show off your awards. It will help keep you focused on why you work so hard.

Tools and Apps

  • G-Suite – A cloud-based suite of apps and tools providing solutions for email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation decks, shared calendars, cloud storage, and much more.
  • Free Conference Calls – Set up conferencing and face-to-face meetings online. GoToMeeting, and FreeConferenceCall are 2 available free options.

Many professionals already have experience working from home. Others may be experiencing it full-time for the first time. Either way, this list of working from home challenges and solutions are helpful for everyone.

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Working From Home: Challenges and Solutions
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