Working from home is the dream for some but it’s the reality for many IT and tech contractors throughout New Zealand.
That said, new contractors may find remote work presents unique challenges less common in the workplace. Here’s how you can maximise your work-from-home efficiency.
Create a dedicated work space
Physical work space design has been found to impact your productivity and behaviour1. When working from home, it’s important you pay careful attention to the layout of your work space. Necessary equipment and reference files should be readily accessible and well-organised, and you should have plenty of light and temperature regulation.
Keep your work space separate from other parts of your home and social life to avoid interference or simple distraction. The same should apply to your digital workspace. Consider using a separate computer for work than you would for gaming. Otherwise, use a different account or partition to keep games or your favourite websites out of sight and out of mind. You might also like to make use of browser plugins to restrict your access to fun sites while working.
Structure your days
When working in an office, you go through a daily routine to put you in the right headspace. This is predetermined by your hours, morning regime and commute. When working remotely, especially with flexible hours, you need a similar routine to help your brain recognise when it’s time to work. What you do is up to you – whether it’s just showering and getting dressed, or practising some morning mindfulness.
Remember to structure the rest of your day accordingly too. Set times for breaks and determine when you’ll stop working for the day. It’s easy to let a work-life balance slip when your job is in your home, so make time in the weekends or evenings for meaningful social engagements.
When working from home, an internet outage is your battle to fight.
Explore your internet options
If the internet goes down at work, that’s a problem for your employer. When working from home, however, it’s your battle to fight.
IT and tech work generally calls for constant connectivity, so it’s vital you invest in a stable, high-speed service. Some internet service providers also offer a connection promise, granting you mobile data to stay live during an outage.
Reflect on your productivity
Regular performance reviews are a boon of in-office work. Contractors may instead find that unsatisfactory production simply results in an unrenewed contract.
Make an effort to reflect on your performance yourself. Track the amount of work you’ve done each day and ask yourself if you could be doing better. This should be an evolving process, so keep your self-reflections regular and take steps to improve yourself along the way. This might mean changing some of the above things to better suit your way of working.
When done right, working from home gives you great flexibility and quality of life. For the best remote IT contract work in New Zealand, get in touch with 920 Career Agents today.
1– “Windows, view and office characteristics predict physical and psychological discomfort”, Myriam B.C. Aries., Jennifer A. Veitch., & Guy. R. Newsham.