More and more employees spend one or more days a week in their home office. The possibility of working at home is becoming more and more common. But how exactly is working time used efficiently?
We’ve created a checklist for this:
1. Is a real workplace available?
Neither the couch, nor the dining table are places intended for work. If you seriously want to work from home, you have to set up a dedicated workplace, preferably in a study. It can be designed ergonomically like an office workstation and only place necessary things on it.
2. Are there distractions in your own home?
It must be ensured that no distractions are present. If other (family) members are in the house, it must be clearly formulated: Work is being done. And when you are working, you need rest. Distractions can also be domestic animals of all kinds, which tear one again and again from the concentration.
Even “bits and pieces” are part of it. The book that you read last night or the holiday planning tempt you to digress with your thoughts. A “clean room” ensures that you can concentrate on your work.
3. Put it on properly in the morning!
“Dress for success” – one of the most important tips around the mindset “Homeoffice”. If you are still sitting in your pyjamas at lunchtime, the subconscious will not perceive the day as “work”, but as “leisure”.
4. Are office hours fixed?
One of the biggest criticisms that works councils have of the home office model is working time. If an employee is able to work from home, he may find no end and collect overtime without end.
That’s why office hours should be fixed, even in the calendar. This is no way to get tempted to overrun something again.
5. Do you take breaks?
In the office you have a lunch break or go in between to a colleague to chat. These small breaks help to regenerate for concentrated work. These breaks should also be taken in the home office, as well as a planned lunch break.
6. Communication with colleagues
In the age of the Internet, a home office no longer poses any communication problems. Thanks to video conferences or group chats, you can get involved in your own team as if you were in the office. So all team members are always on the same level and easily reachable.
Of course, you can also activate the DND mode for concentrated work.
7. Fixed tasks
A ToDo list gives you the opportunity to effectively complete tasks that may not be possible in the office due to distractions and disturbances. The more you think about what tasks to do in advance, the more you can manage on a homeoffice day.