Advice From a Digital Marketer Working From Home
Working from home is something that is becoming more popular among businesses. Currently, we are amid the coronavirus, which has made more people around the world start working from home. While this may seem significant, there are often many challenges that workers face when adjusting from the office to home life. My position as a digital marketer has given me relevant insights on how to work from me successfully.
I have experience working both in busy office environments and from home. My experience gives me a unique perspective on how to transition and balance the two. As a digital marketer, all my work is entirely done online to begin with. Due to this situation, it makes transitioning between an office and at home very easy. Other positions aren’t meant for online at all, so that creates the challenge for taking a new job online.
Businesses are forced to come up with guidelines and ways to set their workers up without being adequately prepared. This reasoning is why I decided to create a guide to help make the transition from working in an office to at-home seamless. Here are my top 5 tips from a digital marketer successfully working from home.
1. Have a dedicated workspace
Create distance between your parts of the home and areas of business. By creating separation, you allow yourself areas to both work and relax. Mixing the two can often lead to additional stress or poor work ethic due to the availability of everything within one’s home.
Setting up a spare room as office space is a great way to create distance between personal and business. Allow space for how you would like an office. Keeping a supply of pens, paper, and sticky notes can help make sure you have all the resources you need.
When I am working from home on digital marketing materials, I tend to work in the office. This area is most free from distractions, and my roommates will know that I am working.
2. Set boundaries
Although you are now working within your home, that doesn’t mean that you need to be working all the time. Set up a schedule that you can adhere to. Remember to incorporate breaks and time to eat. Being unrealistic is the easiest way to have your work and home life spill into each other.
Boundaries should not only stop with yourself. If you live with other people, try to set ground rules. Setting firm rules or guidelines helps establish a clear plan for how days should be oriented. This is especially true in the case of whole households being cooped up together. If there is no respect within the household, it will make being productive much more difficult.
3. Be determined
Being determined is one of the essential parts of a successful work from the home strategy. It is easy to get distracted or waste time when you are in your home. However, when offices first start the transition between work environments, its important to show results. These results can vary drastically by the type of work you do.
If you display worse results while you are working at home than you did in an office, this will lead employers to think you are less active. Oppositely, showing great initiative and diving into a project can reassure your managers that this is the correct decision. Specifically, during the time where the coronavirus has shifted so many businesses online, companies will primarily be looking at employee performance.
4. Limit distractions
When you are sitting down to work, do just that. Work!
Limiting distractions can be difficult when you are within your home with countless things and people. Making sure you are focused when you are working is the only way to can assure you are making progress. It is easy to procrastinate and push tasks off until later. Hold yourself accountable for your actions and set daily goals.
These daily goals should be SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Based. In short, these are goals that you will easily be able to track. Goals like “write a paper” would not suffice because this is vague. Setting a goal like a write two pages or 800 words is more attainable and trackable. My common digital marketing goals when working from home include creating x amount of posts or writing a certain amount of words for a blog.
5. Take frequent breaks
The final tip that I want to give everyone is to take frequent breaks. Stand up and stretch your legs. Go to the bathroom or refill your water. Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause you to lose focus and become less productive.
I love to do various exercises every hour or two to keep my body energized. This may come across as strange in an office setting, but it can be perfectly normal within your home! It is essential to try and keep yourself motivated; otherwise, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
During this hectic time, I hope that this article was able to give you a few tips from a digital marketer to make sure you can be successful while working from home. If you have any questions about working from home, be sure to comment or reach out to us through a contact form! We also have solutions to help get your company online if you feel unprepared.