Setting up for success on the home front

With the changes happening all over the world, more and more people are now working from home, and some may find being productive for work more of a challenge than expected. If you are having trouble adapting to working from home, let me share a bit of advice. 

Starting in my early 30s, I was a sales rep working from a home-based office, something which I did for almost 20 years, so I have experience in this area, and am more than willing to share some of the things that I found helpful to keeping my productivity levels up. 

First, set up a designated workspace that you can call your own. 

Be sure to get up at your regular time, get dressed and do everything as if you were going to the office. Get in the mindset that you are at work and try to forget you’re at home. DO NOT work in your pyjamas. Even though you can, it’s not a good idea and it’s bad for productivity. 

Under any circumstance, never turn on the T.V., even during lunch. That’s horrible for your productivity. 

Avoid doing any household chores. Leave these for the end of your work day. 

Eat at regular hours, and take short breaks that are quick and to the point, just like at “work.” Be careful about snacking too much, however. That can be bad for productivity and is not very good for your health. 

It takes time to adjust but with the right attitude, many of you may start to prefer to work at home, but don’t forget that you need some social interaction as well. Develop a little support network and pick up the phone and chat with others whom you know are in the same situation. 

Frank Claeys is an account manager with Wiles-Legault & Associates in Ottawa, Ont.