8 Work-From-Home Tips For BrokersWorking from home has many benefits. You can avoid a long, stressful commute, save money on gas, lunch and coffee, and you might even have fewer distractions. But if working from home is uncharted territory for you, it may be hard to see the silver lining. Here are a few tips for getting accustomed to your new work setting, enjoying the benefits of working from home and staying sane until you’re back in the office.
Dress For The JobIt can be tempting to throw on your comfiest sweats or stay in your pajamas all day, but it can have a negative effect on your mindset. Without switching your wardrobe, your mind can fail to shift from home to work mode, which can affect your productivity and even your confidence. A smarter idea: Keep it casual but lean toward business casual – as if you’re meeting a client for a quick lunch.
Keep Your ScheduleYour commute to and from work, while stressful, can often be what triggers the start and end of your workday. Without that, you may find it difficult to get into – or leave – work mode, which can disrupt your work-life balance. Without that commute trigger, it’s even more important to keep the same work schedule as you had before. For example, if you worked 9 – 5 before, continue to start your workday at 9:00 a.m. and turn off the computer by 5:00 p.m. You’ll also want to keep your same sleep schedule so when you do go back to work, you won’t have to get re-accustomed to waking up early.
Create Your New RoutineYour weekday morning routine is another important way to trigger the start of your workday, and yours has likely been disrupted with the change of scenery. Creating a new routine that gets you to your desk in the morning will also help you stick to your schedule because it builds a habit. From grabbing a cup of coffee to doing a 7-minute exercise and even checking the latest mortgage news sites, create a routine that works for you.
Keep Your Data SafeWhen working from home, make sure you’re still working through your company’s virtual private network (VPN), which will keep your business safe from cybercriminals if you need to access the internet through a public or shared network.
Take Care Of Your Physical And Mental HealthOne of the downsides of working from home is that it can have an effect on your mental and physical well-being. You can start to feel isolated and disconnected and may move around less because you’re in close proximity to everything you need. That’s why it’s imperative to make sure you’re doing things to help take care of yourself. So, what can that look like? Schedule small breaks throughout your day. Take time to go outside for fresh air, sunlight and exercise. It will also help you feel less “trapped” in your home. Stay in contact with your clients and team members and even increase your communication with them. If you’re working from home due to a national event, limit your exposure to the news, choose one or two reliable sources to get your news from, and limit or cut off your time on social media.
Make Sure Your Clients Feel Connected
Maintaining strong communication with your clients is essential when you’re working from home. Make sure you’re connecting with them via Facebook, FaceTime, Zoom or your preferred online meeting option. Keep your clients up to date on any industry news that will affect them. Most importantly, let your clients know that you are there for them and that they can reach out at any time.
Set BoundariesHave a designated workspace in your home that is specifically for your work. If you live with others, this will help them know not to bother you while you are in that space or use it for something else. This is especially helpful if you have kids who are home during working hours.
Get A Work BuddyJoin forces with a team member or a friend and check in on one another to see how you’re feeling during your work-from-home venture and to also hold each other accountable. Share tips like these and find ways to encourage each other through this time. If you live alone, consider adopting or fostering a pet to keep you company.
QLMS is here to help you succeed, whether in the office or working from home, so stay in contact with your Account Executive and let them know how they can help.