10 Tips for Working from Home

Secure Your Wi-Fi Network Be sure to set a unique password for your Wi-Fi instead of using the generic one that comes with the router.

Maintain Regular Hours Set a schedule for when you will be working, dealing with the kids or getting things done around the house and try to stick to it as much as possible.

Update Operating Systems & Devices Regularly Vendors update their software on a regular basis to address new vulnerabilities. Updating your system can give you added protection from your system being hacked.

Set Ground Rules with Others in your Household This will be difficult to do depending on the age of your children. Try to set out when your work can be interrupted and what it can be interrupted what for. It will help make your day a little less stressful.

Save your Files This is especially important if you live in an area that has unreliable internet connections or an area prone to power outages. Set your files to auto save or save after every couple of paragraphs to avoid redoing everything should you lose your connection.

Leave the House A change of scenery such as taking a walk around the block will help break up your day and allow you to refocus for the rest of your day.

Keep Dedicated Office Space This does not necessarily mean that you need to have space for a completely separate room from the rest of the house. Have a space where you can comfortably work throughout the day and a dedicated spot to put your work when you are done to save you starting off your day looking for what you need.

Always Use Antivirus Software You might have virus protection within your work environment but it will not help you if your personal computer is not protected.

Prioritize Try to get the most important work projects done first thing in the morning in case your schedule goes off the rails.

Check in with Co-Workers Missing the water cooler talk? Call or message your co-workers regularly to see how everyone is doing. Not only will you get to catch up on the water cooler talk, it’s also a great way to make sure everyone is still working towards the same goal and a chance to help each other with any problems encountered while working remotely.