Tips for productively working from home

There are a lot of benefits of working from home, ranging from being able to see more of your kids to having a flexible schedule and more. But it’s also very dangerous if you’re easily sidetracked by procrastination and the numerous distractions that can present themselves and hamper your work and productivity. If you’re going to work from home, be it a day here or there or full-time, you’ll want to plan it out.

Below are seven tips for successfully working from home.

  1. Make yourself an office, or at least a workstation area. This will be the spot where you do your work. If you don’t have a room that you can turn into a home office, you can set up shop at the kitchen table, although this is not ideal. Taking your laptop and plopping down on the couch in front of the television will present many temptations.

    You’ll want to make sure that your home office has everything that you need. This may even mean getting an extra phone line or a Skype account. Invest in a good desk, chair and computer so that you’ll be comfortable working, but not so comfortable that you’ll be tempted to slack off.
  2. Try to set aside long periods of time for work. Working from home can give you much more flexible hours, but if you’re constantly interrupted it’s going to be a lot harder to get things done. Try to make sure you get a few large blocks of time. For example, if you need to get in eight hours of work, schedule blocks of three hours, two hours, and another three hours. If you need to run errands or take care of other things, do them outside these blocks of time, during your breaks.
  3. Try to leave the house each day. Nothing will drive you crazy faster than being at home 24/7. It’s a great opportunity to go for a walk outside, clear your head, and get your bearings.

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