Working from home can be one of the most rewarding experiences—you can set your own hours, you don't have to wear pants, and you get to listen to The Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat" every day. But there's more to it than just playing video games all day. You also have to make sure that you're actually productive and not just watching reruns of Friends. So let's talk about how you can get promoted when working from home so that everyone knows what an incredible employee you are!
Treat your work like you're working in an office
If you're working from home, you'll want to be on time. It's so easy to get distracted by something on the internet or your dog barking at the mailman (dogs love mailmen), but if you have a deadline approaching, it's best to crack down and get stuff done. In addition, make sure that when people come over for business meetings or parties, you dress appropriately—or at least wear a bathrobe.
Dressing properly does not mean wearing something like this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzJ8Zwl_UeI . You should never do that unless it's Halloween or there's an office costume party happening where everyone else is dressed as Star Wars characters from Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Try to keep a consistent schedule.
You should also try to keep a consistent schedule. This is important because the more organized you are, the easier it will be for your employer to trust and rely on your capabilities. Try making a calendar that outlines what tasks need to be done every day, including when they're due (and if needed).
If you have some free time in between projects or assignments, check out job listings online and see if there's anything interesting. That way, when an opening comes up at your company, you'll already know what kind of position would fit best with both your skills and interests.
Manage your time well.
Once you've got a clear picture of your professional goals and the path you need to take in order to get there, it's time to start working toward them. You'll want to be proactive in your efforts, so set aside some time every day or week (depending on how much time you have) for a "work from home" session where you prioritize tasks based on their importance and begin working through them one by one.
It's also important that you keep track of all the things that need doing throughout the day—whether it's a work assignment or something personal like taking care of errands or calling family members. This can be done easily by using either a calendar or planner with sections for daily tasks, weekly tasks, monthly tasks and yearly goals; or by downloading an app such as Trello that allows users to create boards with different categories (such as "Work", "Family", etc.), then add cards containing details about each project (including who is responsible for completing it).
Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
In order to get a promotion, it's important to be able to say no. If your boss asks you for help with an assignment and you're already busy with other tasks, don't feel bad about saying no. However, if you have the time and resources available and can see how your skill set would benefit the project, go ahead and offer!
It's also important that you know when to ask for help yourself. When I asked my boss if I could work from home one day per week because of an illness in my family, he offered his support without hesitation—and this was not just something that happened once during my time at this company; it's been repeated multiple times throughout my career in various fields of work."
Don't stretch yourself too thin.
Don't take on more than you can handle. Just because you're working from home doesn't mean that it's okay to let your work pile up and go un-done for days or weeks at a time. If you have too much on your plate, ask for help from other people in the office or even hire a housekeeper if necessary. You'll be surprised how many times people are willing to help out when they see how much stress and anxiety you're under!
Don't do more than your job description requires. It's common sense: don't try to be something that's not in your job description and definitely don't step out of line by trying to take over tasks which belong elsewhere. Asking questions is always encouraged (and expected), but if someone says something has been taken care of already then just leave it alone!
Use project management tools like Trello, Asana and Basecamp to keep track of your projects and tasks as they come up. If you don't have an organized way to manage your workload, it will be difficult for anyone else to understand what you do on any given day since you might do different things every day! If this sounds scary or overwhelming, don't worry: there are plenty of online resources that can help teach you how to use these tools effectively
Get out of the house at least once a day.
The first thing to do is make sure you get out of the house at least once a day. You can't go eight hours straight and not take a break. It's just not healthy.
So what are some things you could do outside of work? Well, maybe you can go for a walk or jog around the neighborhood. Or maybe you'll volunteer at a local charity (like Habitat for Humanity). Or maybe even play some basketball with friends! The more physically active we are, the better we feel both mentally and physically—and it will help us avoid burnout too!
Check in with your boss regularly.
One of the best ways to get a promotion is to make sure your boss knows that you're doing a good job and are on their radar. To do this, you'll want to check in with them regularly.
A great way to check in is by sending an email at least once a month, letting them know how things are going. You could say something like: "I hope all is well! I just wanted give you an update on where we are with X project." Then follow up with bullet points about what was accomplished last month and what's being worked on now. Make sure that when you mention any issues or problems, it’s done thoughtfully and is part of a bigger conversation about how they can help address those challenges together. If there’s anything specific that needs attention from higher up management (or anyone else), be honest about it — but only after asking for feedback on whatever issue came up before making any suggestions yourself!
Document what you've done.
The best way to show your boss that you're ready for a promotion is by documenting what you've done. You can do this by keeping a log of your tasks, using project management tools like Trello or Asana (or even Microsoft Excel), and keeping a personal to-do list.
Use reminders and calendar alerts to remind yourself when important deadlines are approaching so you don't forget them.
A daily planner can help keep track of things that need doing on a day-to-day basis, while also giving an overall view of how much time is available in the week ahead—and which days may be more stressful than others. A journal works similarly but gives greater insight into why certain tasks were completed the way they were—or why they weren't completed at all!
So, we've covered a lot of ground here. Hopefully, you're now equipped to make your work-at-home experience more productive and rewarding. If you want to be promoted in your new role, it's important that you keep these tips in mind as you go forward. It might take some time before they become second nature—but the more diligent and organized you are about making changes today, the better off you'll be in years to come!