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6 Tips for Working From Home Effectively

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With the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working from home to help slow down the spread of the virus. Working from home is cool at so many levels, but it's not for everyone. And, if it's new to you, it may be hard to be disciplined and productive. 

I've been working my full-time job from home for 15 years, and there's definitely pros and cons. But, I love it, and I don't know if I could ever go back to a corporate office environment! 
Here are six tips to make working from home work for you so that you can be successful, whether it's temporary or permanent!

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 each day for more on this.

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 with 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 keep those bonds strong.

Take a lunch break.

While we can't go anywhere right now, a break from your work is definitely needed every day. If you are able, go for a walk around your neighborhood, jump rope in your driveway, or plant some spring flowers. At the very least, make yourself a nice lunch, but don't eat at your desk. 

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. If you are going to sneak in a few household chores, schedule them on your calendar, so you don't lose track of time.

Communication Tips

Let your kids and significant other know when you will be on a conference or video call. You don't want anyone barging in screaming "mom" while you're on the phone with a client or business partner. Use your headphones, so your hands are free to type or write notes. And don't forget to mute the phone when you are not speaking! 

Are you currently working from home? What tips work for you?

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