Working From Home: The New Normal?

Working From Home: The New Normal?

As you are probably aware, the current health situation has resulted in many more people working from home for the last 16 months or so. But is this going to become the new normal for people?

Working from home can be a real benefit to some people, but there quite a few people who don’t like working from home because they feel less productive.

There are many distractions to tempt us from our tasks, such as TV, social media, having a quick cuppa or a snack, or even a quick nap! In all honesty, it’s a miracle we get anything done, isn’t it?!?

Working from home requires a lot of self-discipline and isn’t for everyone. You can also find yourself working longer hours because there is no commute to and from a workplace and before you know it, it is 6pm already and your spouse is calling you down for dinner!

So, can you be more efficient when you work from home? Well, I believe the answer is ‘Yes’ but it does require effort and a shift in thinking and the way you may approach your to-do list for the day.

Let’s take a look at how you can become an efficient homeworker by applying a few simple hacks to make the most of your work hours to get stuff done!

Are You More Efficient Working At Home?

Working at home gives people the flexibility to be at home, while still being able to collect a paycheck. But, does working at home automatically make you get more done?

Many people dream of being able to stumble out of bed and begin their workday. They argue that since they don’t have the commute, they can start right away and essentially work during the time others would be using to commute. The argument is that it’s less stressful not to have that commute hanging over them.

Being able to spend more time with your family is another benefit people associate with working from home. You can be home when your kids come home from school. You’ll be able to go their afterschool activities such as sports games.

People who work at home learn that it has unintended challenges associated with it. For instance, while it’s nice to be around your family, are they letting you get your work done?

Are you spending too much time with your family that is taking away from your responsibilities to your job?

You need to work with your family to set up boundaries. This means you should dedicate a space like an office that you use to work. When you are in the office, your family needs to understand that interruptions are off limits, unless it’s an emergency.

You will also need to handle interruptions by neighbors that may visit. While many of your neighbors will be commuting to work, there are more people working from home today. This increases the chances that some of your neighbors are working from home as well.

It’s tempting when you see them outside, to see what they are up to, etc. It’s okay to do this once in a while, but don’t let it interrupt your job.

Job burnout can happen just as easily when working from home as it does when you commute to the office. In fact, companies may expect more of you when you work at home and your time is going to be more scrutinized.

You may end up working more hours even when you factor in the lack of commuting. Your boss may be inclined to call you up after work hours and ask you to handle some tasks. If she does this to all employees, then you may not be able to do much to change that.

However, if she is singling you out because you work at home and she believes this gives her permission to call upon you, this may be something you need to handle.

And while you’re thinking about efficiency while working from home, what about your house itself; can that be more efficient too?

How To Make Your Home More Efficient Too!

There is a lot of attention given to being greener. Aside from the political ramifications of the initiatives, making your house more efficient can help the environment but can also save you a decent amount of money.

Appliances are rated using the Energy Star rating system. The better the rating, the more you will save money. But, it’s a bit more complicated than this. You need to factor in the type of fuel your house uses.

The better the system, the more you will save with these appliances. So, even high rated appliances won’t do as well with an inefficient system.

Another factor to consider is how long it will take to break even on your investment. If it takes 20 years to start seeing some benefits to your new system, and you are planning on moving in 15 years, you won’t see any cost savings.

While it is true that efficient houses command a higher selling price, you may not get as much as you put into making your house efficient.

Of course, you may still choose to move forward with changes because you want to be ecologically conscientious. There is nothing wrong with that. But, if your motivation was to save costs as well, there are other factors to consider.

You should also speak with your local municipality to find out if there are any rebates or tax incentives when making your house more efficient.

This is becoming a popular trend. You do have to meet certain conditions, and again, you have to weigh what you are spending on the benefits you receive. Also, with systems like solar, electric companies may be required to buy back unused power from your system.

Energy companies are also offering deals and incentives. For instance, you may be able to get free installation of solar panels offered by solar energy companies. They make their cost back from the percentage of energy that you save, or they receive the amount the electric company buys back from you.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to making your house more efficient. It takes careful planning, and you may want to do it in phases to keep the costs down.

You should consider speaking with your utility company as they often employ experts who are familiar with all the variables that you will have to deal with. Be aware that these consultants often work for the utility company so their motives may come into question. You should consider hiring your own expert to keep them on the level.

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