How to Work Effectively at Home, Part III

If you work from home some or all of the time, or if you are thinking about it, these tips are for you. Please see Part I and Part II of this article if you missed them over the last couple months!

  1. Drink plenty of water and don’t starve yourself. It’s easy to forget to eat or drink enough when you are really busy. Having a water bottle on your desk is a good way to make sure you stay hydrated. I know water is boring, but drinking a sugar-packed drink like soda or juice is bad for you! If you absolutely cannot stand plain water, get some of those no-calorie flavor packets. Having small (healthy) snacks available are also a good idea. I personally like almonds because they are not messy, but you can do whatever works for you. Those “100 calorie” packs from the grocery store are good too. Your body and mind will work better if you take good care of them!
  1. Be careful what you listen to while working. Music or TV can influence your mood/be too distracting. Try different types or channels to see what works for you. Personally, I work better in silence or with soft instrumental music. If I have my iTunes on “shuffle” I get distracted by trying to find songs I like. And I definitely can’t leave the TV on!
  1. Designate certain days for certain work. Some things have to be done every day, like checking email. Other things can be done at certain times, like filing your papers or doing your accounting. Set aside specific times for different tasks that aren’t happening every day. It will help you stay focused and organized. Don’t forget brainstorming days, too!
  1. Constantly evaluate your schedule. Set aside some time to go over your schedule. What is working? What isn’t? Be honest with yourself. If you have a partner or children, involve them in the discussion. Think about ways you can better use your time or be more productive. Don’t be afraid to try new strategies!

 

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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