Working from Home: Your Essential Guide

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Working from home doesn’t need to be tougher than working from the office. What is an office but a neutral space where you perform your tasks? You can make that from the comfort of your own home. However, in order to succeed, you need the right set of skills and the right mindset.

Here’s how you can make working from home just as productive as working from the office. Remember, it’s all in your frame of mind.

Make a Home Office

A very important aspect of working from home is making a home office for yourself. One of the main stumbling blocks that people find when they begin working from home is that they have a hard time distinguishing their home life from their work life. The two can bleed together if you’re not careful. There’s a surefire way to drive a wedge between the two, though.

Set up a space in your home to be your office. This space should be apart from your leisure spaces, and should be free from distractions. This is just your workspace.

If you live with family, let them know that you’re not to be disturbed when you’re in your office. Make the area as distinct from the rest of your home as you can. This will help you distinguish your work life from your home life, even when you’re working from home.

Keep a Strict Schedule

Another important aspect of working from home is cultivating inner discipline. Could you sleep in late, roll out of bed, and then stumble through your workday in your PJs? Sure, you could. But your work quality would suffer, and you’d feel aimless.

Instead, wake up on time like you would for a normal day at the office. Put on professional clothing. Eat breakfast, and then “clock in.” Work like normal, treating your tasks with the same respect and energy you always would. By keeping a locked-in schedule and a strict inner discipline, you’ll feel like you’ve got purpose and direction.

When You’re Done, Stay Done

Once you’ve finished your workday, walk away from your workspace and leave it alone. Don’t open your emails and check in. Don’t sneak back to your office and keep tweaking your tasks. After work, leave the office in the office. By doing this, you’ll reinforce the distinction between work and home.

You can excel, even when working from home. It’s just a matter of cultivating the right mindset and the right inner discipline.