As a result of the pandemic, professionals have adjusted to life in a home office, more and more law firms are allowing for a remote workplace. Nevertheless, the expectations of leaders and clients remain the same. To make sure your work is as (or more) efficient as ever, avoid the following habits when working from home.
1. Constant Interruptions
When working from home, distractions are everywhere and boundaries collapse. Avoid the temptation to constantly do something that doesn’t require immediate action. Since your own home and chores can be distracting, get your house in order before starting your workday.
2. Becoming too passive
Staying connected to coworkers is a major challenge of working from home as a lawyer. Sometimes online meetings can be a little overwhelming; don’t let it become an issue that leads to inaction. Speak up with your input and ideas, if you’re not able to hear, see, or understand what’s being shared in the meeting and on screen.
3. Losing sight of your priorities
Without the constant environmental reminders, it can be easy to forget or lose track of your priorities. The fact is, time management, organization, and self-discipline are some of the most important qualities to embrace when working remotely.
4. Working in your pajamas or loungewear
Getting dressed for work makes a difference in how you think and act. If you’ll be on camera with clients or partners, you’ll want to express the same amount of professionalism as a remote attorney that you would in person.
5. Failing to maintain your posture
Aim for a proper workplace setup and align your desk, chair, and monitor properly to avoid full-time back pain.
Habits play an important part in reaching our goals; your career and your body thrive on self-discipline and good habits. In the new remote workplace, figure out what works, what doesn’t, and adjust what you need in order to continue delivering at your best.