Posted on February 17, 2017
Telecommuting: how to organize your time? /iStock.com – Kerkez
Thanks to new technologies, it has become possible for a number of workers to practice their profession from home. This solution, which makes more than one dream, is however not free from constraints. Indeed, if working at home offers more freedom than going to the office, this does not necessarily mean being available full-time for domestic tasks or for loved ones. Structuring your time is therefore essential for successful telework.
Set your working hours
Working from home allows you to organize yourself as you wish. Some people are more efficient in the morning, others take advantage of the calm of the night… Everything is possible provided that you clearly define the time to devote to your work, without underestimating it. Indeed, the first thing to know is the number of hours to be performed per day and per mission. Do not hesitate to count wide, so as not to find yourself late when approaching the deadline. Next, you need to set yourself a schedule. Do you have to work 6 hours a day? It’s up to you to distribute them as you see fit, but once the timing is set, stick to it! Also consider taking breaks and eating real meals.
A time for everything
Cleaning, DIY, shopping, children… there is no shortage of domestic chores, especially when you spend a whole day at home. Also, it is important to inform those around you that you are not available to take care of the household during your working hours. To structure your days, it is necessary to:
Have a closed, comfortable and well-equipped work space. If necessary, equip yourself with a kettle so that you can prepare tea or coffee easily, without having to walk through the whole house.
Gather all the equipment essential to your activity in your office: computer, printer, telephone, stationery must remain in this place for professional use.
Getting ready in the morning like going to the office: avoid staying in your pajamas all day, it’s not good for your long-term morale.
Take the time to breathe: working from home does not mean spending your day in front of your screen. It is essential to allow yourself distractions and outings from time to time.
Limit dispersal: shopping, social networks, emails, administrative tasks must be done outside of your working time. Avoid being distracted by this type of solicitation while you are supposed to be working.
Do not answer calls from friends or relatives during your work time, except in an emergency.