Tips for Working From Home

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Photo credit: jnyemb  (Flickr)

Photo credit: jnyemb
(Flickr)

I’ve worked from home for about five years. And while I do appreciate the commute time, it was a hard to go from an office environment to working solely alone from my home. But after a little while, I learned to adjust and have found working from home is actually pretty awesome. So if you’re making the switch or are having a hard time getting control of your day, here are a few tips that have helped me out.

Make a schedule

One of the best things about working from home is that you can (in most cases) make your own schedule. One of the worst parts about working from home is that you can make your own schedule. I try to keep fairly strict about my time on most days. I devote most of my morning to work so I have the afternoon to tend to other duties.

Plan out your work/tasks

One of the things that keeps me on schedule is knowing what I need to do each day. I have a planner and a calendar and I check them often so I know I am staying on track.

Set goals for yourself

This is easier if you work for an actual company as the goals are usually set for you, but you can also set your own goals if you work independently. Set them weekly or monthly that way you’ll keep on track.

Get out of your home

No matter how awesome your home office is, you need to get out of there once in a while. Go work at a coffee shop or even take a walk around the block. It’s easy to become a hermit when you’re working from home, but it’s the worst thing for you.

Have a devoted work space

I’ve worked on my couch, my bed, and the kitchen table. But I have found that having a dedicated workspace really works the best. You don’t need to have an entire room (I used to work in a space that was half office, half closet), but you do need a place where you have all of your supplies and things that inspire you handy.

Be social

If you work in an office, use Google Hangouts or Skype or some other kind of chat service so you can video chat or work in real time. Email is great, but you still need personal connections and water cooler time. If you work independently, it might be a bit harder, but connect with other people who work from home and set up a group.

Do you have some tips for working from home? Share them with us!