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According to recent studies, nearly half of the millennial generation want to work from home more than get paid more. In fact, working from home has probably become the new American dream, and 1 in 5 Americans currently work from home. Of course, engineers are also excited to join them, as not all engineering jobs require field work and such. Now the main struggle is, how do you work from home, yet still remain productive? Well, here’s 7 ways how:
1) Have a good morning routine
Source: Early Riser
The best way to have a productive day is to start your day right. Drink some coffee and watch some YouTube videos before you work. Grab some yogurt and exercise. Do something that gets you moving and motivated for the day and stick to it.
2) Find your most creative hours
Source: Trello Blog
One of the biggest mistakes we engineers (and everyone else) make is that we force ourselves to work during the times our mind is the most unproductive. If, per say, your brain just shuts down every 3pm, then adjust your schedule to wake up earlier and get more things done. Find your most productive hours and work will seem way easier.
3) Create a to-do list for tomorrow every day
Source: Techie Mum
While keeping a to-do list is good to keep you focused on what needs to be done for the day, consider making one for the next day as well. Take a few minutes after work to write down tasks that need to be finished tomorrow. That way, as soon as you wake up, you know exactly what needs to be done.
4) Have an office away from home once in a while
Not leaving the house for a week or 2 might drive us nuts; Engineers are still humans who need social interaction and fresh air, after all. Go to a local café or restaurant somewhere and do your work there whenever you feel the need for something new. A new environment can help boost productivity and give us a chance to socialize.
5) Race against the clock
It’s tempting to procrastinate, especially when you’re at home. One way to beat procrastination is by working against the clock. If you’re writing an article, for example, give yourself 15-30 minutes to write down as much as possible, no distractions. After that, take a break, look back at your work, then add and edit as you please.
6) Take advantage of your schedule’s flexibility
Working from home gives us advantages no other work environment could. Take advantage of it! Use your breaks to do laundry or clean the house. Spend your lunch meeting up with friends in cafes or do grocery shopping. As long as you’re getting your work done on time, then you could do whatever you please.
7) Communicate with your boss
Communication is key in many areas, and even more so when working from home. Always tell your boss if you run into setbacks or you think you’ll miss a deadline. Communication will provide clarity and make sure that your boss knows what’s going on.