Work at Home: How to Set Goals to Change the Way You Work

Working from home brings a lot of independence for a young professional. Set goals to manage the way you work and increase your job satisfaction.  Image Credit:  Lindsay Singleton

Working from home brings a lot of independence for a young professional. Set goals to manage the way you work and increase your job satisfaction. Image Credit: Lindsay Singleton

It seems I'm getting a lot more questions about how to effectively work from home. I think many young professionals, freelancers, and entrepreneurs get wrapped up in their work, sometimes overly so. As a result, their work-life balance tends to weigh more heavily on the work side. That’s what prompted me to write this article and give you some advice.

I have worked remotely for over ten years as an individual contributor and as a manager of people. Despite knowing the ins and outs of working at home, I still have to step back and make adjustments on how and when I work. Chances are, you need to do the same by setting goals on how and when you work. To that end, Your Office Mom wants to share two ways you can be happier, healthier and consequently more productive within your remote office.

1. Get out and about more

Often, people who work from home complain about how isolating it can be. To keep the isolation factor at bay, plan regular meetings with colleagues and other VIPs in your world, so you have a chance to connect and engage (many of whom work remotely as well). Try to schedule recurring meetings for the entire year and meet with either a small group or select individuals to chit chat about life at work, or life in general. To connect and make it more personal, use video in your online meetings. By doing this, you can I eliminate the phrase “I can’t believe we haven’t talked in months” and sustain your professional relationships in a more meaningful way.

2. Set work at home “office hours”

So many WAH folks work way too many hours, and their productivity is documented in a number of research studies Chances are you fall into this category. Take a stand and establish defined “office hours” so you’re not in your home office working, oblivious to the fact that it’s 3 hours past lunchtime, or worse, that it’s dinnertime, and you should join your partner or a friend for a meal. It will take deliberate action on your part, but build work breaks and stretches into your workday. Set reminders or alarms on your mobile device to encourage you to get up out of your chair and move, grab a snack, or run errands.

What tips can you add? How can you be more successful working remotely? What are you going to do differently?

xo

YOM