How to Work Effectively at Home, Part I

ID-10041079With more and more companies decreasing their overhead by creating work-at-home positions and with more people becoming entrepreneurs, more women are getting the opportunity to work from home. Working from home in an experience with numerous benefits, but it does come with its own set of unique problems as well. At home, it’s difficult to separate yourself from your work and personal life. Finding a quiet place without distractions can be impossible. The list goes on.

  1. Define your workspace. Do not just work in whatever room you happen to be in at the time. Set up an office in a spare room or in a relatively quiet section of your house/apartment. Having a door you can close would be best, but if that’s not possible, use a privacy screen to symbolize the separation from your workspace and the rest of your home.
  1. Have designated work hours—and stick to them! If you find that you are more productive in the morning, tell yourself that you will get up at 5:00AM and work until noon, for example. If you are more of a night owl, work from after dinner until 2:00AM. Experiment with what works best for you. You don’t have to work all of your hours at once, either. You can work in 2-hour chunks if that works better for your schedule. You also need to make sure your family knows when you are working so they don’t interrupt you for non-emergencies. Closing the door helps with this.
  1. Don’t stay in your pajamas. You might think that working from home is great because you don’t even have to get dressed in the morning, but this is actually a bad thing. Getting up, taking a shower, and putting on actual clothes helps get you mentally ready to work. Staying in your pajamas keeps your body in bedtime mode, which can slow your progress at work.
  1. Get off social media. Unless your job requires you to be on your social media sites, do not even open your Facebook, personal email, personal text messages, Twitter, Instagram, or any other websites that do not have to do with your immediate work. It’s best to have a separate email account and phone for work, but obviously, this isn’t possible for everyone. The point is avoiding things that will distract you from working. Save these things for short breaks, your lunch hour, or for when you are finished for the day.


Lauren Raines








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