By Melissa Brister
I have been a telecommuter for 3 years and what a great 3 years it’s been! When I first was offered this job, I was hesitant. But now, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I am home to get my kids on and off the bus, I don’t have to mess with traffic and I save money on gas. I go to work even when I’m not feeling the greatest because I am in the comfort of my own home. I don’t have to worry about giving my co-workers flu bug or sharing mine. I can have my music blaring (until the phone rings) and not disrupt anyone. I don’t spend money on going out to lunch and am making healthier choices.
While it is great, working from home has not come without challenges. Here are 4 tips I wanted to share with you to becoming a successful telecommuter.
1. Get up, get dressed.
Every. Single. Day. When I tell people that I work from home, a lot of them will say, “Oh, that’s so great! You get to wear pajamas all day!” But the truth is, I don’t. I get up, shower, put makeup and real clothes on every day. It makes me feel like I have a real job and gives me a lot more energy than staying in pajamas all day.
2. Have a designated work space that is welcoming and functional.
I recently got a new desk from Bush Business Furniture. I am amazed how a new workspace that accommodates all of my needs has changed the way I work. I sit at my desk and do not find myself frustrated with the papers piling or lack of space. I put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and bought a fun accent chair and some bright artwork to make the space feel welcoming. It is a space I WANT to be in and love to look at.
3. Keep on task!
I make a to-do list every day around 4:30 for the next day. It keeps me on track and I know what I have to do tomorrow. It’s easy to get side-tracked.
4. Stay Connected!
Attend company meetings, luncheons, after-work parties. Participate in social media and contests. Develop relationships with co-workers. Working from home can be very isolating, so it is important to stay involved. I try to attend every meeting, luncheon, and after work event that I can. I ask co-workers how their weekends were and about their families. I am a social person, so sitting at home by myself every day can be tough. Stay involved!
Good luck, and just remember, you might be working from home, but you still need to be working!
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