Four Tips for Transitioning from an Office Job to a Working from Home
Updated: Mar 31
One of the most daunting realizations that people make when they decide to work remotely is that they are 100% responsible for managing themselves.
Yes, you will want to play with your dog and your kids and goof off in many ways. In this article, we’ll discuss 4 tips to help manage the distractions you’ll undoubtedly have you as you transition into your new home office.
1. Routine, routine, routine
Possibly the most important tip we have is to stick to a routine that is as close to that of when you were going to your office job. This is because your brain works tremendously well when it knows your routine and can operate on a pseudo-automatic function.
So when you first start out, stick to your work routine, i.e. get up at the same time, do you morning activities (working out, showering, taking the dog out), and instead of going to your job, sit down to your computer and get to work.
Your brain will spend less time processing the routine and focus more on your new job and any new training you need.
2. Create a calm workspace
Creating a calm workspace with few distractions will be vital to your success. You will want a space with an upright chair (or an office chair if you have one) at a desk or tabletop and any other desk necessities you find important.
If you have live distractions running around, like children or pets, try to set up your space in a place where you can close the door.
Everyone’s workspace settings are different, but ultimately, don’t do yourself the disservice of lying to yourself by saying that you’ll be able to be productive by sitting on the couch in front of the TV.
3. Exercise your focus mode
Speaking of distractions, there are TONS on your computer. Luckily, there are many tools out there, like website blockers and parental controls, to help combat online distractions.
Beyond blocking the distractions, you’ll need to focus on your work tasks.
One of the best techniques we recommend is the pomodoro technique. This is a strategy in which you focus all your efforts on one task for 25 minutes without any distractions or thinking of other tasks. After 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break to do whatever you want, which acts as a reward for your brain.
There are many browser and phone apps that have this timing cycle down, but you can easily use a kitchen timer.
Really do give this a go. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish after a few pomidoro rounds.
4. Stay active!
Whether working out is a part of your normal routine or not, you should attempt to get out for a bit of physical activity each day. This is important not only for your physical health but also your mental health.
When exercising, your brain can take a longer break with fewer stimuli. It’s also an opportunity for your brain to make new neural connections, which is particularly important if you’re working on solving a tough problem or writing up a long presentation.
Just remember, learning to work from home will be a work in progress. What works for one person might not work for the other. You’ll get frustrated with not being able to focus, or you’ll feel that your workspace isn’t enabling you to complete your work as best as you can.
When these points of frustration arise, you must analyze why you are frustrated and what is causing that cause of frustration.
Article courtesy of Angel Lewis, Owner of RBS Virtual Services. RBS provides a variety of digital presence services but specializes in social media content creation and curation focusing on relationship building. Find out more at www.rbsvirtual.net