7 Tips to Make Sure Working From Home Works For You

7 Tips to Make Sure Working From Home Works For You

Working or running a business from home comes with a lot of perks. You won’t have to endure daily traffic and commute, you get to spend more time with your family, and you can choose to pursue other hobbies. You can make it all the more enjoyable and fruitful by doing things that will encourage you to be more productive at home.

Here are 7 tips to help you make sure that working from home works for you.

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Create a Workstation That’s Designed for Productivity 

You need to find a space in your home that can somehow be considered separate from family space. Even if you’re working from home, you should still be able to create boundaries between your home and work life. 

Once you’ve found that perfect spot, it’s time to set up a home office that’s conducive to productivity. It can be chic and colorful, or as simple and straightforward as this:

The best thing about setting up and designing a home office is you can make it as personalized as possible, from the color of the walls to the accessories and decor you’ll use. Unlike in an office where the company decides how the workstations will look.

Just make sure that aside from design and style, you also think of ergonomics and functionality when creating your home office.

 

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Set a Schedule and Stick to It

One of the most appealing benefits of working from home is schedule flexibility. However, you should also determine which hours in the day you are most productive. Then, make those hours your set work schedule. 

Usually, it’s wise to trust your Circadian rhythm. For instance, if you’re simply not a morning person and you’d rather sleep in, then you might as well focus on work in the afternoon. Similarly, if you have more personal and family errands in the afternoon, see if you work better in the mornings. 

 

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But Be Prepared to Adjust

When working from home, flexibility is key. So even if you have already set a daily working schedule, be prepared to adjust. You won’t know when a power interruption forces you to stop working or when a client decides to re-schedule a meeting. 

Don’t allow such and other emergencies to get you off track completely. When working from home, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. Have a plan B. 

 

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Prioritize Important Tasks

You need to organize your own tasks. Your to-do lists can easily go on and on but let’s be real. You probably won’t finish all of your ten tasks today. 

Keep a calendar where you can note deadlines. Then, prioritize according to importance, due dates, and difficulty of the tasks. Every day, pick your top 5 most important tasks and focus on them. 

You see, the idea here is to work smarter, not longer and harder. Your goal should be to do less as you tick off stuff from your to-do list, not to do more.

When you’re done with your top 5 tasks, keep yourself from doing another task. Save it for tomorrow. 

By the way, it will help to use the Pomodoro technique to focus on tasks. This involves setting a timer: at least 25 minutes work-mode and 5 minutes break mode. Using a time tracker can also help you focus on your more important tasks at hand. 

 

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Reduce Distractions

The number one enemy of anyone working from home is distractions. This can come in the form of an attention-seeking toddler or pet. Your TV, gaming consoles, and bed may also call you off your work. Outdoor noises can also distract you despite your best efforts to ignore them. And let’s not forget about social media!

Different distractions need to be dealt with differently. Some of them you can actually control. For instance, schedule your work when your child is at school or napping. If there’s an ongoing construction in your home or at your neighbor’s, find the quietest spot in the home to work. You may want to consider checking out coworking spaces in your area, too.

 

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Invest in Good Equipment and Internet

You can’t expect yourself to be productive if your computer is a decade old and is no longer supported by system updates. A sluggish Internet won’t get you anywhere, too. 

Before you even decide to work from home or establish a home-based business, make sure that you’re technologically ready for it. Treat yourself to a computer with good specs and a wired, fiber-optic based Internet connection.

 

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Go Out!

Working from home doesn’t mean being a hermit all your life! When you stay at home for too long, monotony will eventually creep up on you—and that monotony is exactly one of the reasons why you wanted to leave the office setup, right? 

Go out every once in a while, every weekend if possible. Bond with your family and friends. Travel when you can, too!

 

Conclusion

The work from home setup can be ideal for anyone who’s determined to adjust and make it work. Do you have other tips on staying productive while working or running a business at home? 

 

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