Tips for Working from Home Effectively

This is a unique period in history with more people working from home than ever before, potentially with extra distractions, such as children who cannot go to school. In response, SendMyCall is taking every effort to ensure our services remain fully functional.

In this difficult time, everyone who has the ability to work at home should be doing so. It is not only a question of your own personal safety but also of the safety of those you interact with. By working at home, you are doing your part to help flatten the curve.

To make this change of pace easier for you, SendMyCall offers the best home office technology. We would also like to share some tips for working from home effectively.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Working from home would not even be possible for most people without the help of technology. To have the best possible work-from-home experience, you need to take full advantage of the tech available to you.

For example, using a high-quality virtual PBX for your phone services lets you work from home with a single touchpoint and full support. You can even use virtual phone numbers, including toll-free ones, to maintain separation between departments.

Maintain Open Communications with Work

Depending on your job, there is a good chance that you, your co-workers, and your bosses rely on person-to-person communication throughout the day. In the case of phone calls and messages, continue as normal. You will need to also get in the habit of swapping out situations where you would walk to someone’s desk with a message. This can take some adjusting, but with the right phone system, it should become easier.

Make a Designated Workspace

Working from home can be incredibly challenging if you are unable to separate your personal life from your work life. It can lead to a full range of problems, from overworking and always thinking about work to an inability to concentrate as you think about leisure activities. The best way to get around this is by designating a workspace within your home.

You will be able to fully disconnect from work when you leave that workspace or office. At the same time, you can fully engage as soon as you get to that space, as you will associate it with work. Even if you have a small space, designate a table or a corner of the room, and you should notice results.

Define Your Working Hours

When you work at home, it is harder to stick to a set of regular working hours, especially if you do not need to clock in or out remotely. Most people find that they are the most productive if they stick to their normal working schedule. This makes holding yourself accountable easier, both in terms of starting work for the day and knowing when to leave it behind and relax. SendMyCall provides a time routing option that enables you to stay connected during business hours and sends your calls to voicemail after business hours.

Include Transitions in Your Day

You may not realize it, but your commute to and from work does more than just get you to your destination. It also serves as a transition to get you into the right headspace to work at the beginning of the day and to relax at the end of the day. You do not have to get in your car and go for an aimless drive to get the same results — in fact, we do not recommend that, as you should stay home if you can.

Instead, either incorporate some aspect of your commute into your morning and evening or find an alternative. If you listen to a podcast or the news on your commute, do the same at home before and after work. Or consider using a workout, a hobby, or talking to a family member as an alternative.