Working from home is an opportunity that many people wish for. The benefits are endless… from wearing comfortable clothes to working when you’re most productive. While working from home has many perks, it’s not suitable for everyone… especially those that are easily distracted. 

In this article, we’ll show you how your home can drastically affect your productivity and efficiency. We’ll also look at how small changes to your environment can mean the difference between success and failure.

designate your workspace

Make sure you designate a personal workspace in your home. Whether it’s a study room, a corner of the dining room or a basement room with a computer, make sure you clearly define a workspace that helps you stay focused when working at home. The idea is to train yourself (and those that live with you) that when you’re in your workspace, you’re inaccessible. 

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no couch time

Your bed and couch are associated with unwinding and relaxing, not with having a productive and efficient workday. Make sure your designated workspace has a fully-equipped desk and everything you need to get your work done. Your mental state will mimic your actions. So even with the best intentions if your body gets comfortable, so will your creativity and productivity.

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take care of chores and home maintenance at appropriate times

Working from home presents a distraction problem. You’re always available. For example, it’s easy to want to start food preparation for dinner – because the kitchen is just down the hall. Or when unexpected issues come up at home like a hot water heater repair, you’ll likely drop what you’re working on to take care of it.  While it is the convenient thing to do, you’ll want to make sure that your productivity is not negatively affected because you’re not segmenting your time properly. 

When you’re on deadline or have projects that need to be completed and unexpected issues come up, ask yourself ‘how would I handle this if I worked outside the home?’. Maintaining perspective and prioritizing your workload are essential to your success.

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don’t isolate yourself

Working from home doesn’t have to mean that you always work from home.

Instead, head to a local coffee shop or co-working space. Doing this also helps you to resist the temptation of staying in your pajamas and being too comfortable. Establish working hours and maintain a daily routine of getting up (and dressed) in preparation for a successful workday.