Working at home used to be something you might do in the evening to catch up a little, or perhaps on a day when you had to stay home sick, but still had items on your to-do list that were on the urgent side. Today? It’s much more of the norm rather than the exception. There are certain tools remote workers need to have ready and available in order to make it through this strange time in history.
A Good Internet Connection
If you have one tool that’s more important than any other, it’s likely a good internet connection. Depending on your work, almost everything you do in the office can also be done online. If nothing else, you need the internet to get and send documents, take video conference calls, and get through other every day details.
A Great Workspace
There are definitely advantages to working with a laptop while sitting on the couch or in your bed, but after a month of that, it’s important to set up a workspace that you use just for your office. It’s less distracting, better on your back, and can help you maintain a higher level of productivity. Now that you know you might be working from home for a longer period of time, having a workspace that helps you get things done is in your best interest.
Professional Clothing (At Least On Top)
You might be able to get away with pajamas most of the time, but there might be times when you have to conference in with clients or other professionals. You certainly don’t want them to see anything less than a professional on the other end. Plus, putting on real clothes can make you feel more like you are in the office as well. You can maintain a sense of comfort and professionalism at the same time.
Good Delivery Programs
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you have more time to go out and run errands and get your personal items done. It can be really helpful to your work to take your mind off of those things and enlist the help of a delivery service. Let the store you prefer do your grocery shopping for you and then have them deliver it. You can take a break from your work to put things away, but it’s a much shorter break than it would be to go to the store and shop yourself. When you get tired of leftovers and sandwiches for lunch, you can also have food delivered from your favorite spots. It’s a great way to perk up your day without forcing you to take time away from what you are doing to make the trip out.