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Working from home can be a dream come true. But, it can be easy to lose your drive if you don’t maintain the right level of self-discipline. You still need to put in the hours and complete tasks in a timely fashion if you want to stay on top of your game.

Here are five tips to keep you on track as you telecommute in 2019:

Stay connected.

According to a recent Gallup study, only 30 percent of employees who commuted to work every day reported that they were “engaged” at work, as defined by a sense of belonging and responsibility to their organization. This percentage was the same for those who worked from home every single day. But, among those who worked from home and commuted into work one or two days a week, 41 percent were engaged.

  • Go in or check in regularly. Of course, this is easier if you live close by. Make it a point to stop in at your company, at least occasionally.

Stay focused.

Remove distractions when working from home. Get off your social media, your phone and the Internet, and stop responding to every notification beep the moment you hear it, unless it’s an emergency.

  • Always finish the task first. If you have a sudden urge to grab a snack or make some coffee, don’t. Reward yourself when you’ve checked the task off on your daily to do list.

Maintain a regular workplace and schedule.

Define a specific area in your home for your workspace. And, create a time schedule that includes prioritizing your responsibilities and setting deadlines.

  • Your workspace doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. But it should be dedicated to work and work alone. Doing something in a space not created for that purpose; for instance, trying to work at your dining room table when you have to eat at it as well, usually doesn’t work.
  • To stay on track, stick to a schedule for your workday. Once you’ve set your plan of action, stick to it. After completing high-priority tasks, allow time for smaller, administrative duties. When they pile up, they too can become overwhelming.

Continue your professional development.

Keep challenging yourself to learn. Take time every day to discover something new to enhance your work performance. This might include watching a helpful video, listening to a relevant TED talk, or participating with your on-site colleagues in a conference or webinar.

  • Schedule your learning times, too. Keeping yourself abreast of the latest trends impacting your business will help keep you competitive.

Socialize.

Working from home can lead to feelings of isolation. You may have thought of it as a welcome relief – and it probably is – but you may at times miss the social interaction of the larger workplace.

  • Attend networking events. This is a great way to combine combatting loneliness with professional development and the potential for career growth.
  • Take lunch breaks or go out after your work is done for the day. Hit the gym, have a meal with a friend – or now you can go socialize with the neighbors. A change of pace recharges your mind and does wonders for your psyche.

Let the career development experts at TRC Professional Solutions help as you optimize your productivity or find your next great job – whether it’s the chance to work remotely or on site with the company of your choice. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.


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