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8 Tips For Productively Working From Home

By May 29, 2015 November 12th, 2019 9 Comments
 

Tips for Working from Home

As an entrepreneur, especially when first starting out, it’s highly likely you’ll be working from home quite a bit. Although working from home is freeing and allows for a lot more flexibility, being productive at home is not as easy as it sounds. That’s why we put together this list of tips for people like you who work from home on a regular basis:

1. Set your hours

It’s easy to let yourself sleep in and “get off” early when you are your own boss, so strictly set your working hours and stick to them. Your hours should also be recorded in your voicemail so you don’t have to constantly be on-call.

2. Create your home office

Invest in it if you have to. Your working space is a vital contributing factor to your productivity.

3. Dress the part

Pajamas are for sleeping, keep them that way. Dress as if you’re actually going into the office, because you are…your home office at least.

4. Stay focused

When you don’t have someone monitoring you or co-workers motivating you to stay on task, it can be extremely tempting for you to get distracted. If you have family and friends who you know will distract you, set boundaries. Take a break if necessary, or go make yourself a cup of coffee.

5. Create to-do lists

This should be a given, but since you’re assigning yourself your own tasks, it’s important that you keep track of what you need to get done, and what you’re actually getting done. Our favorite tool for creating task lists is Asana (hint: it’s awesome).

6. Take breaks

Take advantage of your flexibility of working from home. Go for a bike ride, have an ice cream break, get outside and stretch. Breaks are necessary to keep you going throughout the day.

7. Do things when you do them best

If you’re a morning person, it’s best to get all of your brainstorming done then. If you’re more sociable and upbeat in the afternoon, schedule your meetings then. Get to know your work style and do things when you do them best.

8. Try co-working

If you find yourself constantly distracted, or if you simply just need some human interaction, pack your stuff and head to a coffee shop. Surrounding yourself with others who are also working will help you stay motivated, and it will feel good to have a conversation with someone that’s not via the Internet. There are also a great deal of co-working spaces in bigger cities. These do cost money to be a member, but if you need that kind of environment to be productive, it’s well worth the investment.

A recent study in the Harvard Business Review shows that people who work from home are more productive than those who work in an office, and more people are working from home than ever. What are your favorite tips to productively work from home?

 

9 Comments

  • Great advice Bao, really appreciate you sharing that, especially the human contact bit.

    thanks

  • Esther says:

    Thanks for sharing Bao

  • Bela says:

    Really needed these tips, although I do apply most of them.But when you have an 8 to 5 job sometimes one needs to reschedule in order to do your own stuff too.
    Thanks Bao.

  • I’ve been working from home for 25 years odd now and my tip is to keep a discipline, set a time to leave the house for a lunch break, and stick to it as you would if you were working for someone. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining snowing or whatever, get out.
    Add the same discipline for start – stop times. The flexibility seems great when you work from home, but we are all creatures of habit and you don’t want to get a bad habit of trying to do too much, I’m afraid it’s counter productive. Good luck everyone..

    • Bao Nguyen says:

      Thanks for sharing your own tips, Stephen! Getting out and staying disciplined are definitely great tips.

  • Job at home says:

    It’s all about the proper strategy and organization. You have to really listen to your needs and do a little bit of self introspection to create the routine that works the best for you.

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