CONTRIBUTED BY MARK COUPER – THE DURAL CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP OFFICER

Starting around a year ago, more people than ever started working from home, with many people now working from home on a daily basis.

So if you’re new to working from home or have been working from home for some time, you have probably noticed that working from home is often not the same as going into the office. A new set of self-imposed disciplines come into play, especially with homeschooling becoming a big part of many households daily routines.

So what I have learned about working from home from various discussions and personal experience.

KEEP TO A REGULAR WORK SCHEDULE.
Not everyone who works from home is a 9 to 5 person but should aim to start at your normal work time and be dressed appropriately for work.

SCHEDULE REGULAR BREAKS
As you would in the office or on-site, if you have been working for an extended period, stand up and walk away from your computer. Enjoy some fresh air, engage with another in the house, have a drink or do something you find enjoyable.

SET SOME RULES
Sometimes easier said than done, but it is a worthwhile exercise to set ground rules. These rules are particularly beneficial if homeschooling is necessary and or if two people are working from home at the same time.

TIME BANDITS
Often a hidden pitfall for working remotely are extended conversations. These can eat into productive time. Prioritise your time; if it is anticipated that discussions will be protracted, schedule them for later in the day or to a quieter time.

In conclusion, working in home can be relatively straightforward and rewarding, but it still needs structure to achieve goals and have a great work-life balance.