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6 Work from Home Tips to Boost Your Efficiency
  • 31 August 2017
  • Eric Michaels

6 Work from Home Tips to Boost Your Efficiency

When you run a successful small business from home, you get the best of all worlds. You stay close to your family, eliminate the hassle of commuting, and save money on operating expenses. You only realize these benefits, however, when you do it right. Without a plan in place, you could end up wasting time and actually complicating your life. To help you achieve a successful balance between your work and personal life, here are six work from home tips to get the most out of your days.

1. Start early

Anything can happen when you’re working from your home. While you often have more flexibility, personal distractions and diversions may interfere with your work unless you are prepared. For instance, the cable installation you scheduled might run longer than expected. You may get a call from your child forcing you out of the house unexpectedly. Or you simply may run out of energy after a hectic week at home. To make sure you reach your daily work quota, get an early start and perform the most intensive to-dos first. That way, you’re more likely to have your most taxing work completed before your focus is pulled away.

2. Make your home office sparkle

It is difficult to get work done at a cluttered desk in your messy bedroom. If you can, try to designate a separate area in your home as your personal workspace. Remember that working from a solid home office gives you the space and separation you need to be productive. You will be even more motivated to start your day if you take the time to customize your work area and keep it clean. When you sit down at your desk to get things done, you shouldn’t be hindered by a messy space.

3. Schedule productive breaks

Sitting at your desk for eight hours is not the best strategy for high productivity. You need to stretch your legs and take mental breaks throughout the day in order to maintain your focus. So give yourself a breather when you need it. If you still want to feel productive during such breaks, schedule chores and errands for when (and only when) you get up from your desk for breaks. Whether you run to the post office or put in a load of laundry, running errands in the middle of a workday can free up more time for you later.

4. Allow yourself time to waste

Whether you like to read the newspaper or check in on social media, give yourself 15 to 20 minutes per day to spend as a pure "waste" of time. In any office setting, there are moments when a coworker distracts you with small talk or a story, so there’s nothing wrong with a small departure from a strict schedule. Build "time-wasters" into your days to remove the temptation of taking these any time you feel the urge.

5. Have your meals ready

You’ll have a hard time meeting deadlines and being productive without food and drink. After all, working requires energy. But you shouldn’t constantly interrupt your day to make food and beverage runs. Take time beforehand to do your shopping and most of the cooking, so you don’t have to spend time on this during work hours. Have your breakfast and lunch ready to eat, as well as any snacks you may need in between, and save going out to lunch for days when you meet with clients or special occasions.

6. Set your backup plan

If you have children or a spouse at home, there are bound to be days when it becomes impossible to work. For times like these, make sure you have a backup plan in place. Always keep your laptop charged in case you need to leave and work from a local café. Keep track of places that provide wi-fi, and also know where to go to get small business service needs fulfilled quickly.

These working from home tips will help you get the most out of your days. By planning ahead and keeping regular working hours, you will be able to stay on top of your responsibilities. And if you find yourself outgrowing your home office, a coworking space might be right for you.

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