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How to work from home the right way
Learn the do’s and don’ts of working in a casual environment.
Whether you run your own business or just can’t make it into the office every day, there’s a certain art to working from home. It requires lots of motivation, concentration, and self-control (we know how tempting Netflix can be!). Read on to learn a few tips that will ensure your success and help you tick off everything on your work “to-do” list – all from the comfort of your own living room or kitchen.
Do: Dedicate one area of your home as your office
Your home is your sanctuary, a place to relax. Preserve the tranquility by transforming one room (like a guest room) or one part of a room (an unused closet or side table) into your workspace. This will help create a mental boundary between your private life and professional life. Just make sure to keep the space well-organized – according to a study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, clutter can cause you to have trouble focusing while you work.
Don’t: Sit on the couch or your bed
While it can be tempting to work while lying down on your couch or bed, it’s best to sit on a chair. This will make you feel like you’re in an office setting, and your back will be supported, which helps your posture.
Warning: if you don’t heed our advice, napping will ensue!
Do: Take short breaks
Breaks are important to help you recharge, especially when you need to move between different projects or tasks during the day. You may not have colleagues to go grab coffee with when you’re at home, but you can still get away from your screen to stretch your legs or go for a quick walk outside, around the block.
Don’t: Go on social networks
It’s common knowledge that it’s easier to concentrate at home than in the workplace – especially if your office is in an open-space. According to research from a survey conducted by Think Money, employees waste an average of 759 hours a year due to workplace distractions like meetings and colleagues who like to talk. Make the most of your quiet home environment by staying off social networks while you work, like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram (unless you really need them for your job). If you don’t have enough self-restraint, use a browser extension like StayFocused to help stop you from accessing certain websites.
Do: Stick to a schedule
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and immersed in your job when you work from home. Suddenly it becomes “ok” to work from 8 am to midnight because you don’t realize the hours going by. Make it a point to maintain balance like you would with any office job: schedule daily workouts, wake up at the same time every day, and shut down your computer before dinnertime.
Follow our advice to have a healthy relationship between your job and your personal life for the times that you work from home!