five tips for working from home

Whether you’re new to working from home or are a longtime practitioner, these quick tips will help you boost productivity — and avoid cabin fever.

Set up your space.

Find a dedicated area in your home to use as a workspace. Having a designated location for your work will help you get into the zone each day, and more importantly, will help you disconnect from work and transition back to your home life more easily.

Embrace the perks.

Working remotely offers some truly amazing benefits: zero commute time, more comfortable clothing, the opportunity to run a load of laundry while you’re updating spreadsheets. Find a routine that allows you to make the most of your surroundings.

Keep up with your connections.

When you work in an office, it’s easy to stay connected with coworkers, but working from home can feel isolating. Set aside time once a week (or as often as you feel comfortable) to do some remote networking. Catch up over email, video chat or whatever works best for you.

Remember your manners.

Your home probably has some distractions you’ll learn to tune out — a barking dog, chatty kids or a certain neighbor who uses their industrial-strength gas-powered leaf blower approximately four times a day. Whatever it is, don’t let it impact your scheduled meetings, and keep yourself on mute whenever possible.

Step away from your desk.

No one should ever work a full day without breaks. Take time to prepare and enjoy your lunch. Meditate or do some yoga. Take a walk while listening to your favorite podcast. Do whatever it takes to make sure your physical and mental needs are being met throughout the day. Your wellbeing is essential for your best work.

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