Working from home has its perks, but it can oftentimes include more distractions than working in an office. Since you don’t essentially have to stick to a schedule, your work can be done when you feel most productive, leaving room for a tremendous amount of distractions that can cause you to lose focus and valuable time. Brazen Careerist writer, Lisa Rowan offers five tips every professional should know to keep themselves productive while in the comfort of their home office:
1. Get out of bed—and get dressed. It’s easy to hit the snooze button when you have a morning commute of 17 steps. Figure out what time you need to wake each morning to complete a good chunk of work, and stick with it. Night owls may need to employ fancy alarm clocks or roommate support systems. A dog is a huge help. A dog with a small bladder doesn’t let you snooze much.
Working in your pajamas should be reserved for extraordinary circumstances—like snowy days or low-grade fevers. Dress for spontaneity. If a colleague called asking to grab coffee, or a client requested to meet ASAP, could you run out the door in five minutes?
Bottom line: Wear something you won’t be embarrassed to answer the door in.
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