Sep 6, 2023 | General Interest

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How to be Successful Working from Home

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Working remotely can bring a unique set of challenges to individuals, especially neurodivergent employees. Whether it be dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, or ADHD, the need for flexible working may bring certain obstacles to the table, but it also offers several benefits as well. Today, we want to discuss some tips to help you be successful when working from home.

Create a routine

Setting a specific routine regarding your workday is important for all individuals. Therefore, it is key to create one for yourself, so that you have a clear understanding of what your day looks like so that you can set yourself up for success. While working from home offers a more relaxed atmosphere, getting up before your workday begins to get ready for the day, have a cup of coffee, or some breakfast before you plug into work can be beneficial.

Utilize your calendar to schedule meetings and appointments, and consider using online tools such as Miro or Microsoft Planner to help stay on task and keep organized. It is also a good idea to block off time for getting work done, check off items on your to-do list and ensure you are meeting deadlines accordingly.

Separate work from home

Depending on the amount of space you have in your home, you might need to be creative! However, having a designated work area within your home is advantageous. For example, it could be a specific room set up as your home office, or a small nook in a room where you set up a desk and personalize the environment to allow for a welcoming and productive space.

To set yourself up for success, consider these components when setting up a designated workspace in your home: a quiet area or room, invest in a comfortable chair, stay tidy and organized and create a space which allows you to stay focused, free of distractions.

Once your workday is complete, be sure to sign off for the day and separate yourself from your workspace.

Take regular breaks

When working in an office, you are more likely to take designated breaks throughout the day. When working from home, you may forget. But be sure to implement designated times for regular breaks, especially to eat or move your body. Taking regular breaks increases productivity and creativity, so be sure to take advantage of giving your body and mind time to refresh as the day unfolds. This will help you stay focused on what you need to accomplish.

Utilize technology

Working remotely can often feel isolating. However, with online tools, it is easy to stay connected with your co-workers. Using chat features, and video conferencing, you can send messages throughout the day, ask questions, brainstorm, and chat regularly to ensure you understand expectations while also building relationships with the people you work with.

For meetings, make it clear when you are available and express your preferences for desired days and times. Depending on the individual, mornings may be the best time, while for others afternoons may work best. Of course, you will also need to be willing to compromise and understand that you might need to adjust at times to help accommodate everyone in the workplace.

Working from home allows for flexibility and comfort. It is also beneficial in helping establish work-life balance. Keep these tips in mind, and we are sure you will find that working remotely can support your professional efforts, while also accommodating your specific needs.

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