Here are 8 ways to get the most out of working from home

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Working from home isn’t for everyone. To be successful, you must be disciplined, motivated and — above all else — a self-starter.

If you think working from home means having the freedom to forgo shaving and wake up without setting an alarm, think again! However, one cannot deny that working from home has its perks — like never having to commute, you get to set your own hours and best of all, you get to be your own boss.

Here’s how to get the most out of working from home:


1. Start each day like you’re going to work
That means taking a shower, getting dressed and having breakfast. Setting professional standards will put you in a productive mindset.


2. Set up your office
It is crucial that you create a dedicated space to work in that is comfortable, private and exposed to as few distractions as possible. This space is yours, so make it personal. You’re going to be spending a lot of time there.

You should have all your tools, like your computer, phone and printer, in one place. Setting up your office also means setting up boundaries with the people (and even pets) you share your home with. Set up rules so that everyone understands when you are available and when you are not.


3. Begin your day 30 minutes earlier than you plan to start working
This time should be used in two ways: To create a plan for the day, and to peruse social media. Every morning, you can make a list of the things needed to achieve that day. Scratching off items will motivate you and keep you on task.

You can also read the news and check social media. It’s fun, and it prevents you from wasting too much time during the day. You could also check those sites during your lunch break and at the end of the day. After all, there’s no boss looking over your shoulder — so you must police yourself.


4. Think about when you do your best work, and plan accordingly
If you are a morning person, it is better to start working on the most difficult and unpleasant tasks of the day first. We all have tasks we’re not wild about, whether we’re working for ourselves or someone else. In the afternoon, you can do things that are less stressful and you actually enjoy, such as creative tasks.


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5. Make a strict schedule and stick to it
The knowledge that you can work whenever will tempt you, but in the long run, you will be much more productive if you follow the schedule you set for yourself. This means keeping the same hours every day. This is work, after all. Your hours should correspond with others in your industry. Don’t vary them.


6. Stay connected
Working from home can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. You could turn on your Skype and get in the habit of using it. You and your employees could use Skype for your staff meeting.

It doesn’t take much effort to check in with the people you work with, and your relationships will benefit from it. Being on camera is an added incentive to look your best. When you’re able to see people, they don’t seem so far away.


7. Check in with your team throughout the day
Keeping people accountable — especially those that work from home — is important. There are a lot of potential distractions, after all. Set an example by being available to them as well.


8. Make sure to “close the door” at the end of the day
This can be very hard to do. It’s easy to keep working long after the hours you’ve set for yourself have passed. After all, your office is as easily accessible on the weekend as it is during the week. Have other hobbies.

Your business will suffer, actually, if all you do is focus obsessively on it. You will work more than 40 hours, so give yourself a break. Make a point of getting out of the house on the weekends. This is the only way you will maintain your sanity. In the same vein, taking short breaks throughout the day can be very helpful.

There are a lot of distractions when working from home, and it can be lonely. But it can be extremely rewarding. No sitting in traffic. No more office politics. The freedom to live wherever.


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