Strategies & Tactics

How to Productively Work From Home

January 3, 2019


Working from home can be convenient and fun, but it can also be isolating and claustrophobic. While there’s more time for midday errands and doctors appointments, and you don’t have to brave the morning commute, it can be lonely without those daily human interactions — and, especially during the winter months, it may be tough to make it outside each day.

If you have a flexible work schedule, then it’s important to give yourself some structure. “It’s also a good idea to schedule a regular work start time and work end time, so your brain can separate work from leisure no matter how stagnant the space,” according to Lifehacker

And for those who don’t have a regular gig with set hours or who work on freelance projects, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to avoid altering your circadian rhythm, which can leave you feeling sluggish or slightly depressed, says Lifehacker.

Other tips from those who telecommute include: Turn on the TV or radio for some ambient noise to feel like you’re in an office environment, give yourself some free time before starting the day for breakfast, take a walk and read the news. And above all, make sure to leave the house each day!

Here are a few more tips to make your workday more productive:

  1. Keep to a schedule.
  2. Get out of bed and put on clothes.
  3. Try a co-working group or shared workspace.
  4. Use a daily planner to stay organized.
  5. Exercise or take a walk outside.
  6. Make time for social activities.


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