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How to Be Productive Working from Home

The internet has made it easier than ever to work from the comfort of your own home. Nowadays you can make money online by either running your own online business or by telecommuting to your job.

No more having to dress up for work, and no more getting stuck in early morning and evening traffic that sucks hours out of your day.

Although working from home might seem like a dream for some, there are actually some unique challenges you’ll have to overcome to maintain a high level of productivity.

How to Be Productive Working from Home: eAskme
How to Be Productive Working from Home: eAskme

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The biggest challenge is that there are plenty of distractions at home, and if you’re not disciplined and don’t have a good home office, you might find it hard to focus on your work.

How to Be Productive Working from Home

However, there are several effective strategies you can employ when you’re working at home so you can stay productive. Here’s what you should do.

1. Establish a Space

If you’re going to work from home, the most important thing you can do is set up a home office space that’ll enable you to block out distractions.

If possible, set up your home office in a room where you’re able to close the door and block out your pets, roommates, or noisy kids.

But if that’s not possible and you have to set up your workspace in a corner of the living room, use room dividers to try and segment off that portion of the room.

When you have a clearly defined workspace, it’ll be easier to enter into a work mentality.

And when you’re done working for the day, you’ll be able to easily remove yourself from the workspace—lots of people who work from home fall into the trap of answering emails and phone calls late into the night, which isn’t so good for your mental health.

Have fun with whatever workspace you choose for your home office.

It’s your home, so you should decorate it with a little more flair.

Use indoor trees, inspiring wall hangings, and lovely rugs to spruce up your workspace and make it more homely.

2. Get the Best Office Gear

One of the advantages of working in an office is that you might have access to better office tech.

If your company didn’t provide you with a work computer or an extra display, then you’ll have to go out and buy your own.

So far as computers go, make sure you get one that has enough processing power to run all your business applications, and enough storage space for all of your documents and files.

You might want to get a laptop computer just in case you need to take your computer out to a business meeting or conference.

Dual-monitor setups enable you to multitask with greater ease.

If you’re going to get a second monitor, consider getting a USB-C monitor because they’re faster and don’t require as many cords (a cluttered office space will make your head feel more cluttered).

Lastly, don’t forget to get all the things that you’d need at an ordinary office space: an ergonomic chair, a printer, office supplies, etc.

You might not need them as often when you’re telecommuting, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need them at all.

3. Don’t Work from Home

Work from home” roughly translates to “work anywhere that’s not the office.” If you get too distracted at home, take your laptop to a coffee shop, bookstore, or park instead.

There are lots of stay-at-home workers who prefer to work in public spaces.

Who doesn’t love to shoot off emails while you’re sitting in a cafe, listening to some smooth coffee shop tunes?

4. Exercise

One of the best benefits of working from home is that it’s easier to find time to exercise.

At lunch, you’ll be able to quickly jump into your workout gear and hit the gym (which is usually less crowded during the day than in the evening—major plus). But you don’t have to go to the gym.

You can buy a yoga mat or other home workout gear and do exercises in your backyard or in your pad.

Or, you can go for regular walks around your neighborhood when you’re feeling a little cluttered in your home office.

There are tons of health benefits to walking.

A healthy body will give you a clearer mind and more energy, which in turn will make you more productive at work.

5. Get Out in the Evenings

When you’ve been working at home all day, you’ll probably wind up getting sick of being indoors, even if you absolutely adore your home.

That’s why it’s important to try and get out of the house in the evenings.

Go out for a dinner date, or see a movie, or go on a long walk somewhere.

If you don’t spend enough time outside of your house, you’ll wind up feeling antsy and somewhat claustrophobic being cooped up in your little workspace.

Make the most of your evening hours and your weekends (that goes for all workers, really).

It’s easy! In 5 simple steps, you’ll be an ultra-efficient stay-at-home worker. Enjoy it for the rest of us!

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