9 Tips for Adjusting to Working at Home

Working at home can come as a shock if you've been used to an office environment. The routines have all changed, and even basic orientation can require some time. The absence of familiar people and office conventions can be unsettling. Even getting used to the comparative silence of working at home can take some adjustment. These nine tips will help you make the adjustment gracefully.

1: Make Yourself Comfortable

When you begin working at home, create a new environment to your own tastes. Include lots of things you like to have around.

2: Create a Friendly, Pleasant Environment

A friendly, pleasant environment can quickly help you reorient to working at home. Include some familiar things from the old job in your new environment. It helps bridge the gap.

3: Plan Your Work Environment Well

Use the general layout you used at work to organize your materials so you can find everything when you need it. If necessary, even get a desk like your old workstation, so you can retain a good working system.

4: Establish a New Work Routine

Keep regular hours and you'll find yourself adjusting quickly to the new physical routine of working at home. Regular hours also encourage better time management and allow you to pace yourself and your work more effectively.

5: Create a Complementary Domestic Routine

Create a domestic routine that complements your work routine. You'll find you can keep the home operations running smoothly and with little fuss when you've created two systems that work with one another instead of frustrating each other.

6: Avoid Untidiness

The risk in working at home is that you can slowly take over a lot of the room with your materials. The natural tendency is to put things in any available open space and cover them with more materials. That scenario can become quite chaotic (not to mention, difficult for others). Keep everything safely in drawers, shelves or other easily managed spaces, not scattered across the house or apartment.

7: Sort Incoming Materials

Keep a sorting tray handy for any business documents or other miscellaneous paperwork or items which will require your time and attention. The tray acts as a catchall for any stray items and keeps them from getting mixed up with other things.

8: Safeguard Potential Security Issues

In any business there are materials which must be kept safe and locked away. When working at home, you need to create a safe place for these materials. That need can cause its own problems, usually at exactly the wrong time. Make sure you have spare keys for any materials you need to lock up. It's as easy to lose keys to a drawer full of important documents as it is to lose car keys.  

9: Safeguard Business Licenses and Corporate Documents

Keep other important documents safe at all times. Either display such documents, if appropriate, or keep them secure. Create a separate space for these materials.