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Exactly How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Sanity

Productivity Trumps The Stressful Commute

So, you want to work from home? As it’s #NationalWorkFromHomeDay I thought I’d compile a quick checklist of things you’ll need before you see if you’re cut out for it.I work for a company dealing with website design in Shanghai.

  1. Great
    Internet –
    good internet is just not going to cut it. And
    you simply cannot be sharing it with your little brother who’s playing his
    PlayStation during the summer holidays. When it comes to that all
    important video conference with the CEO on your first day working from
    home, you need your upload speed just as much as your download speed so
    pay attention to this. It’s worth paying that little extra for FTTC+
    rather than scrimping on ADSL and hoping nobody ever calls you or needs
    you to do anything. You’re not hiding away; you’re boosting your
    productivity.
  2. Space
    working from home is not lying face down on
    your sofa with a tub of popcorn on one side and the TV remote on the
    other. Prepare yourself a comfortable workspace. This doesn’t have to be
    an office – though it could be. The dining table is not in use during the
    day or even your bedroom dressing table could be turned into your
    workspace with the right amount of tweaking. Personally, the walk to the
    bottom of the garden into the “shed” works for me.
  3. Collaborative
    Tools –
    something to keep you in touch with the people
    in the office effectively. This could be anything from Skype to Slack to
    WhatsApp. Your business needs to or already has made a decision to what
    they use for communications, this just needs to be extended outside of the
    office. I use Skype for Business, open up my Outlook calendar to everyone
    and have my softphone installed on my mobile. I’ve actually saved my
    colleague in the office from popping his/ her over to see if I’m at my
    desk or in a meeting – they already know.
  4. Cloud
    Storage –
    it’s no good being accessible if all your
    hard, collaborative work ends up stored on your laptop where nobody else
    can see it. Onedrive, Sharepoint, Dropbox and the likes provide the rest
    of your organization access to work on the document you just slaved over
    all day and gives your boss a clear view of the amount of work you’re
    doing.
  5. Breaks
    just because you’re at home doesn’t mean that
    you’re no longer entitled to a break. Go out for lunch if you want to, pop
    to the gym, walk the dog. It’s just as important to balance your work /
    rest when you’re in your home work-space as it is when you’re in the office
    to avoid burnout.
  6. Reliable
    Equipment –
    that’s quite a high
    level requirement but everything in general needs to be of a good
    standard. If I had a 5 years old computer with a blurred monitor and a headset
    that dropped my sound on and off, I’d be in the office queuing up for
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  7. Dog
    right, maybe not a dog but you will need something to keep you sane. There
    will be days where you don’t hear from anybody and are fully focused on
    completing that project with the tight deadline. This could be a really
    good Spotify playlist, the radio, your secret knitting hobby.
  8. Cookery
    Skills –
    if you don’t want to be buying food when
    you’re working at home and know you’ll get fed up with beans on toast
    everyday then work on your cooking skills. Most companies offer a minimum
    of 30 minute lunch (yes, even for homeworkers) and you’d be surprised what
    culinary delights you can create and consume in that time.You can use slow cookers which time has proved,  makes life much easier since, they help preparing meals effortlessly.
  9. Windows
    there’s nothing worse than feeling cooped up
    when you’re up against it. Imagine looking around in distraction as you
    remove your eyes from the screen and seeing nothing but walls, notepads
    and coffee cups. Fresh air and a little scenery go a long way.
  10. The
    Right Company –
    this means both the
    company you work for and the company you keep in your works pace. The
    company you work for needs to trust that you can be left to your own
    devices (literally) and help you on that journey. The company you keep in
    your workstation is crucial. If the thought of making conversation with
    your parents all day is mind numbing then working at your parents’ house
    is not for you. Perhaps having your friend over from another company would
    get you through the day – you’ll find the perfect fit eventually.

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