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In my last blog post, I touched on the challenges of working from home, along with several ideas to help make it a bit more productive. Now, I’m back with another installment that will give you even more tips on maximizing the output of your efforts while working from your home office.

Check them out:

  • Set Boundaries: Do this for yourself, and do it for friends and family. While one benefit of working from home is flexibility, you have to learn to say “No” both to yourself and to friends, or risk seeing “flexibility” turn into “zero productivity.” Establish with yourself and others early on that you have responsibilities during certain hours of the day, and while you may have some wiggle room for a long lunch, a dentist appointment or a quick afternoon run to the post office from time to time, that doesn’t mean you can do this every day. That is, unless you never want to get anything done! So tell yourself “No” when it comes to excessive multi-tasking at home during the workday, and make friends and family aware that “working from home” doesn’t translate to “available for long lunches and phone chats every day” or “back-up daycare provider.”
  • Stay In Contact With Colleagues: Keep your day rolling by touching base with colleagues throughout the day. This can help you stay accountable for your work — and also let your fellow employees know you’re keeping on task.
  • Unplug: When you’re done working, let yourself be done working. Unless you’re facing a work crisis, power down your computer, stop checking work emails on your phone and let yourself relax and recharge for the next day of work.
These tips, along with your own personal productivity preferences, can help put you on the right track to work from home efficiently.
Care to share your own methods for staying on task while working from home? Tell us your tips and tricks in the comments section!

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