This year, our public relations firm, Konnect Agency, has implemented a new work from home policy, giving each employee the opportunity to work remotely every two weeks in a way that guarantees our teams and our clients will still feel that it’s business as usual every day. With this new system comes new ways of working. Below I have outlined eight ways I maintain an effective and production work-from-home system.
- Make sure you have all of the appropriate tools and programs prior to starting your work from home day. Download your work’s phone app or forward work calls to your cell phone, be sure your home computer is in prime condition and the charger works (if it is a laptop), and make sure you have access or download all of the necessary programs! At Konnect, we use a remote desktop system that allows us to mirror the same experience at our desk no matter where we are when we log in.
- Bring your to-do list and any other materials home with you. I always make sure my notebook and special computer screen glasses come home with me so I don’t miss a beat!
- Find the best “work from home” place for you. For me, depending on the day, I will work from my apartment because I don’t find the television, washer/dryer, kitchen, or other things a distraction, however, on Fridays I find it necessary to get out of the apartment and work from a quiet place or opt to be in the office because things in the apartment become a distraction. Know where you will be most effective and find a place that will not lead to distraction.
- Have a clear surface to work on. While it can be tempting to work from bed or on the couch, know what works for you. If you find yourself being distracted or getting sleepy, then make an effort to set yourself up with a proper desk or a clear dining table to work on so your brain knows it’s time to get to business.
- For scheduled calls, be sure that your workspace is quiet enough or you aren’t bothering patrons in a coffee shop, library, etc. You should also be prepared to take a call from a client at any time!
- Keep to a consistent schedule. Work the same schedule you would in the office. It’s the best way for your body and mind to realize you are working and not taking the day off. Or, even take advantage of not having to get dressed for work to start early and end late. It can be very liberating to spend the whole day in PJs!
- Or, you may want to get dressed… I’m not saying you have to get dressed in business attire, but changing out of PJs into actual clothes — jeans or athleisure wear — is another thing that can signal to your brain that it’s at work not play.
- Avoid having visitors over, scheduling the plumber, or taking non-work-related calls (other than on your lunch break) as these can snowball into big distractions. Treat the day exactly as you would if you were at the office.
Follow these tips if your lifestyle public relations firm offers work from home and you’ll be successful as well!