If you are finding it difficult to keep everything on track, you are not alone. Many Americans are working from home for the first time and from someone who has done it for many years, with a proven method, I am excited to help you out!
Set your work hours with boundaries
Setting appropriate boundaries with your team and having a routine is the most important thing to address when working from home. For example, I wake up at the same time, every day, have my morning routine and work from 8am-4pm. My team is familiar with my schedule so they maximize and get what they need from me during that time. Create the timeframe that is most efficient for you and your lifestyle. Work life balance is key and working from home can be difficult to walk away from your email if you haven't set those boundaries. If you are working 12+ hours a day, you are not being efficient and you will eventually burn out. Do what is sustainable and scalable. If you have to work from home until 2021, you want to establish a good workflow, just like you would going into an office. That way, if and when you do have to go back to an office, you will already have a structure and routine in place.
Take a lunch break
It is important to take a lunch break to create a break in your day. Usually I eat while im working, but I will take an hour lunch break to get a workout in or do things around the house. Taking a break in the day resets your mind and gives you an opportunity to go back to your work with a fresh perspective.
Learn how to delegate
As a leader, I always ask my team how I can help, but i've noticed over the past several years that my employees,
especially women struggle with learning how to ask for help. This is problematic, because it leads to burnout and stress. Learning how to ask for help and delegate certain tasks to your teammates is what will help you get to success faster because you can free up time to accomplish your ultimate goal. It also creates healthy work life balance and trust among your peers.
Bring value to your team
When working from home, it can be difficult to stand out or grow within your career, unless you speak up. I always think of opportunities to offer value among my team and company. Ask yourself these questions. How can I add value to my team? How can I improve our culture? How can I improve our current workflow? How can I improve sales or functionality of our website? How can I improve marketing or purchasing patterns based of how I purchase? First add value and then have open conversations with your boss about your goals and what you are looking to achieve. My employees and I have these conversations regularly and it is so important because as a leader, I can make sure to give them the tools they need to get there. If you don't speak up, no one will know what you are looking to achieve.