15 Feb What are Your Work from Home Resolutions for 2016?
Now that you’ve put away the last of the decorations, taken down your tree and eaten the last of the Christmas cookies, it’s time to sit down and think about what’s in store for your career this year. As you stand at the cusp of this year, it’s a great time to look back on your various accomplishments of 2015 and evaluate where you need to make changes or improvements.
The new year compels us all to make a list and start thinking about change – the key to a successful advancement in your career lies in setting realistic goals.
“Resolutions” often hold the weight of all your unfulfilled goals of the previous year/s –to make sure that you achieve your objectives in 2016, start with what’s most important to you right now.
If you’re a working parent, perhaps a better work-life balance (work from home) is the key to your happiness in 2016. If you’ve just embarked on your own business journey, maybe you’re looking for a better business plan or new clients. Either way, identify the key areas that you want to see change in, and spend your time and energy on these.
Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling….
Better work-life balance
A primary objective for most working parents is to strike a balance between their work-life and their home life. The benefit of working from home is that you have the flexibility to create your own schedule and make time for your family. Designate certain hours a day as ‘office hours’ and stick to them. One main goal should be to set well-defined work hours, to avoid phone calls and emails that impinge on your personal time. To create a well-balanced environment, remember to pull yourself away from your laptop or phone from time to time.
Improved client relationships
A large part of your business success depends on happy customers – it might be time to evaluate where you stand in terms of customer satisfaction. Run through this list to make sure you’re on the right track:
- Don’t forget to communicate like a human being – there’s a tendency to get robotic when communication is a big part of your work
- Know your customers well – continuously learning about your customer is essential if you want to build productive customer relationships
- Take customer complaints seriously
- Build trust with your customers
Create a workspace that inspires positivity
Working from home means you have free rein over your surroundings – most business owners agree that creating a dedicated space only for work is a key to increased productivity. Maybe 2016 can be the year you invest more in your workspace and make changes to separate the professional from the personal. Decorate your workspace with artwork or furniture, depending on what helps you stay calm or feel more motivated. It could just be the corner of a room, but think of it as a sanctuary away from all the distractions of daily life.
Embrace your flexibility by making time for hobbies and interests
New research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology suggests that spending more time on hobbies, exercising and family leads to greater feelings of wellbeing. While this might seem obvious and lead you to question why formal scientific research was needed, it is a good reminder that as working adults, we often get so caught up in work, career advancements and making money, we forget to simply enjoy other interests. Very few people actually spend time on ‘hobbies’ or fostering other passions; perhaps that’s something worth changing in 2016!
Stay social and continue to network
There’s no denying that a work from home option has many advantages and can be an ideal choice for people looking for a healthier work-life balance or closer proximity to loved ones. But, there are times when working from home can make you feel a bit disconnected, so don’t underestimate the importance of interpersonal connections. With the rise in social media networking, it’s relatively easy to stay in touch and constantly interact with others – whether friends or co-workers.
Working from home and for yourself can be a real blessing, especially if you work out a schedule and routine that meets your needs. What are your thoughts on working from home? Have you set your resolutions for 2016 yet?