July 09, 2012, 4:25 PM —
Here, in part two of the blog, are not only additional tips regarding office related items, but some tips about you also.
As said last week, working at home can be your best friend or your worst nightmare based on a number of factors, including your personal discipline, home work environment, level of needed interaction with your coworkers, the ability of your boss to manage virtual teams, and a number of other related factors.
7. Backup electrical power: Having a backup generator for your home obviously has many personal advantages. It also has a huge work-related advantage. It lets you continue to work even after the power goes out. If you give webinars, make remote client presentations, and/or are involved in multiple daily conference calls, having the power out in your home will not only cause the food in your freezer to defrost, it will also cost you two days work and potentially two days revenue. If you can’t (or don’t want to) get a backup power supply for your home, at least buying a small charger can keep your PC and cell phone running. This small purchase will let you work by candle light if needed, unless, of course, you have other things in mind.
8. General office stuff: In short, keep your work supply cabinet well stocked. Something as simple as running out of printer ink, printer paper, stamps, envelopes, or other office staples (yes, the pun is intended) can cost you an unexpected trip to the store and an hour or two of lost productivity.
9. An outdoor activity: When working at home, you may find no need to leave the house for days. This can wear you down, hurt your productivity, and strain your personal and family relationships. Find reasons to leave the house. Join a Gym. Volunteer your time to your favorite charity, civic group, or religious institution. We all need human interaction and if you work at home, remember, you don’t get when alone in your home office. Also, getting out in the sun once in a while is good for your health, mood, and Vitamin D levels.
10. A radio or small TV that’s too small to watch: If you are not careful, having a TV set in your office can be the ultimate time waster. That is to say, you look up and see that your favorite old movie is on, next thing you know it’s two hours later. If you want a TV in your office to be cognizant of local and world events, as background noise while working, or to play music, a small TV across the room can provide you this benefit. The advantage of it being small and far away is that you can’t easily see it from the comfort of your office seat, therefore, you are much less likely to watch it for any significant length of time.