5 Tools Making It Easy For Developers To Work From Home
Job flexibility has always been top of our want list of job benefits. Here’s how developers can make the most of working from home.
We hear a lot about people working from home these days. 2018 has brought with it a wave of new jobs that provide candidates with the option to work from home on certain days of the week.
Why? Because it’s what we want!
Ascent People recently conducted a survey to find out which job benefits were most important to candidates when exploring new opportunities. It was no surprise to see that the option to work from home hit the top spot, meaning we are now a nation of workers who value flexibility in the workplace.
To find out how other job benefits ranked, check out the results here.
Thanks to technology, more and more of us are being given the option to save money, cut the commute and work from the comfort of our own homes. However, it isn’t without its challenges. Spending your days working from your “home office” can bring with it a plethora of distractions including TV, social media and even friends popping by for a coffee.
If you are new to working from home or are just finding it difficult to get the most out of your time from home, we have put together a list of tips to make sure your days are as productive as possible!
Plan Your Day
It sounds like a very simple tip, but structuring your workday can be the key to success. You know which points in the day you are the most productive, so utilise those time periods to achieve maximum production. Create a time plan which includes all of the tasks that you want to achieve by the end of the day and set yourself goals to achieve them.
You will need to make sure that you are managing your time effectively. If it helps, set yourself work hours so you know how much time you have to complete the tasks at hand. Creating a time plan of all of the tasks that need to be completed by the end of your working day will give you structure and in turn, productivity.
Set Up An Effective Work Environment
A big no-no for working from home is working from your couch, bed, or anywhere else you usually relax. Creating a designated area solely for you to focus on the work tasks you have planned for the day will allow you to avoid distractions and stay focused.
Consistency is key, so make sure you always work in the same spot each time you work from home. It will give you a clear definition between work and home zones. Make sure you fill your working space with things that keep you happy, relaxed and motivated to make your workspace somewhere you enjoy going to.
Dress To Impress
This tip may not work for everyone, but if you are feeling a little demotivated a sluggish, it may be good for you to follow the same morning routine you have when you are going into the office. If you normally wake, have coffee, have a shower and then get dressed, then try following the same steps you normally would.
Some people enjoy working all day in pyjamas or jogging pants, but it doesn’t work for everyone. You don’t have to get dressed in your Sunday best, but making a conscious effort to get dressed and head to your workstation as you normally would is going to set you up for a great day ahead. The way you are dressed can have an impact on your work mentality.
This ties in with planning your day. It is important to take breaks; go outside; go for a walk; or just taking a proper lunch break to take some time away from your laptop. One of the huge benefits of working from home is the flexibility that comes with it, so make sure that you schedule some time to get away from your desk and stretch your legs.
If you are used to working in a busy office environment, working from home can sometimes feel a little isolating. Taking small breaks to walk or make a phone call can get those endorphins pumping and increase motivation.
One of the biggest downsides to working from home is the number of distractions constantly surrounding you. Try to avoid getting distracted by household chores that need doing and leave those until you have officially clocked-off for the day, just as you would if you are in the office. If you want to incorporate these into your breaks that’s okay, but try to stick to the breaks you have set yourself.
If possible, inform anyone else in your house that you have your designated workspace and you do not want to be disturbed. Try to use your breaks to spend time with others and socialise. One of the biggest distractions can definitely be social media. Try keeping your personal phone in a separate room so you don’t spend half of your day scrolling through Facebook. You could even set yourself a timer so you only spend a short burst on social media at a time.
Finally, enjoy yourself! Not everyone has the opportunity to work from home.
If you would like to check out job roles that we have available that allow you to work from home, visit our jobs page.