See, hear and feel the difference? Working at home may lead people to think you are available to pick the neighbors kids from school at the end of the afternoon or that friends are welcome any time to chat and have coffee with you.
3) Set up a functional workspace.
5) Set online times.
You don’t always need to be accessible for chit chat, check if you made a new sale in the last 3 minutes, watch if you’ve been retweeted or if someone new wants to be your friend on Facebook. These are the worst time eaters. So plan your online time and no turning on the computer for a quick email check!
6) Keep three lists of three.
The first list has three things you will do today (avoid putting 15 items on there!). The second is three things you’d like to get done, but aren’t essential. The third is three things that need to be done at some point. That way, when you’ve trogged through your days work, you don’t end up sitting twiddling your thumbs and it will help you prioritize:)
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8) Set boundaries and close the door.
Make it clear to your family and friends that you are working. It may be hard in the beginning but make it clear that you are unavailable at certain times. You’ll never accomplish what’s on your schedule if you’re constantly disrupted. Speaking of which, it might be a good idea to turn off the telephone, e-mail notifications and TV when at work.
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9) Try to set certain days and times for certain work.
For example: file everything on Friday afternoon, check emails at 9, 11:30, 2 and 4:30. Plan your week ahead on Friday and block time for any virtual lab/e-course, study or specific project. This way you can work around these big chunks of scheduled time and it will allow you to block time to create. It will also allow you to walk out of your office for your evening and week-end to your family and activities without feeling like you left work unfinished.
10) Keep your desk and general work area tidy.
A tidy workspace helps keep a tidy mind, which helps make your day more some productive. I'll share tips to help you unclutter your work area and keep it clean, get rid of bunch of papers and stay motivated soon.
11) Say thank you and be grateful.
I know I said 10 tips, but Hey! You’re working from home! We should say thank you for that everyday!
If you'd like to share any other tip that works for you, please do in the comments section below.
Have a great week,