Four Tips on How to Work from Home More Effectively
While many of our valued employees at DC Trails have been forced to temporarily take time off work until we can restart our bus operations, many of us have experience working from home and are benefiting from this experience during this difficult time.
Whether you have young children or minimal home office space, it can be difficult to focus while working from home. Continue reading to learn a few tips from our experts for completing a productive workday from home.
A Guide for Working from Home
- Create a designated workspace
You don’t need to build a home office to create a great space where you can focus on being productive. Whether you set up your laptop at the end of the dining room table, or at a small desk in your bedroom, carving out a designated workspace is a great way to separate your work from the rest of your day and let your family know that you are not to be interrupted.
- Be consistent with your regular schedule
It’s easy to get distracted while working from home and put off important tasks until later in the day, but this can often be a recipe for disaster. Schedule your workdays just as you would if you were going into an office, and enjoy relaxing with your family or running errands after your work is done.
- Take advantage of video meeting technology
One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable throughout the workday is to schedule virtual meetings with fellow employees. With apps like Zoom or Skype, our team can meet at any time and discuss specialized tours, our fleet maintenance, and other topics that we choose to collaborate on.
- Set distractions aside during work hours
While it may seem like a great idea to have your favorite TV show playing in the background or to check your social media every time a notification comes in, these distractions will only prolong your workday and cause you to be far less productive. Stay on task by allowing yourself short scheduled breaks throughout the day to check your phone or grab a snack before getting back to work.