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Six Tips to Effectively Work from Home

More and more companies are allowing their employees to work virtually. Working from home is cool at so many levels, but it's not for everyone. Some people lack the discipline needed to be productive, and other's don't want to miss the social interaction that happens in an office environment. 

I've been working my full-time job from home for almost 15 years now, and when I tell people that I work from home, I sometimes get mixed reactions. First, there's the stigma that I'm eating breakfast in bed and binge-watching Netflix all day. I also get asked how I stay focused and how I remain connected with my co-workers and not feel isolated. There's definitely pro's and con's, but I love it, and I don't know if I could ever go back to a corporate office environment! 

Here are six tips that have worked for me on how you can be successful when working from home!

Get dressed every day. 

Studies show that getting ready not only boosts your mood and self-confidence, but it also helps you be more productive too! Check out my post on reasons to get dressed every day here.

Have a designated workspace.

Whether you have an extra room for an office or not, you need a designated workspace for your desk and some organizers so you can keep everything in its own place. You want a space that feels good to you so you can be efficient.

Stay in contact.

Be intentional with your communication to your co-workers. When your team is virtual, It's easy to stay in your work zone and never reach out. Whether it's via a phone call or IM, chatting with your co-workers is how you build strong bonds and a more cohesive team. 

Get out of the house.

A break from the solitude is definitely needed once in a while. I meet my friends or my work bestie that lives close by at least once a month for lunch. I also sometimes will work at the library or Starbucks for a change of scenery.

Stay disciplined. 

Create a weekly to-do list and break it down by day. Use your calendar to schedule time blocks to work on specific tasks. I am on the phone 75% of the day and like to plan my conference calls in the morning and leave the afternoons for tactical and project work. 

Enjoy your flexibility but don't take it for granted.

The most significant benefit is the flexibility I've had to volunteer in my daughter's classroom, take her to a doctor's appointment or even fold laundry on my lunch break. I am fortunate to have this set-up and always remember to appreciate it!

Do you work from home? What tips have worked for you?

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