Now’s an exciting time of the year: you’re standing on the precipice, looking back at everything you may have accomplished in 2014, and looking ahead at your hopes for 2015--including your work-at-home goals. As much as you might hear that New Year’s resolutions are cliche, they’re not--not when they’re made with sincerity, and with intention.
So here goes: if you work from home, or aspire to do so in the coming year, focus on ways to support your New Year’s resolutions now to make 2015 a fantastic year for achieving all of your telecommuting goals.
Here are a few work-from-home resolutions to consider for 2015:
Set more boundaries between work and life
One of the best things about working from home is that you’re, well, at home, even as you’re focused on your career. Potentially, there’s a double-edged sword at play here. It’s up to you to draw a real line between your career demands and your home-life demands, and to get the best of both environments. How to make that happen? Here are a few ideas: Have a dedicated at-home work space; a closet, an attic, or a garage can work. Set specific hours for when your workday starts and ends; and take advantage of job flexibility options by carving out--and sticking to--dedicated hours to spend with loved ones.
Invest in comfortable office furnishings
If you’re a seasoned office worker, you’re probably familiar with this litany of complaints: It’s too cold. It’s too hot. My chair is uncomfortable. My desk set-up is not ergonomic. If you work from home, all of those parameters are totally within your control! As a remote worker, you can’t go wrong investing in tax-deductible office furnishings that meet your needs, setting the thermostat where you want it, and arranging a work environment that sets the stage for you to be at your most productive.
Make the most of your flexibility by working outside often
New research has concluded that taking a 17-minute break is one of the best things you can do to improve your productivity and your daily outlook. As a remote worker, you have much greater control over your ability to simply step outside, get some fresh air, take a walk, or even take your laptop computer outside to work in the great outdoors. Don’t hesitate to take advantage!
Embrace opportunities for change
A great thing to remember as the new year beckons is that change is in the air. Your challenge is to meet new opportunities with an open mind and a willingness to see where unexpected paths may lead. Change can be uncomfortable, but think of it this way: the more open you are to whatever 2015 might bring, the more you may find yourself presented with wonderful changes that can transform your career, and your life.