How to be productive when you work at home

Many people have found that they want to get their education and then work from the comfort of their own home. I know that I am one of these people. I don't really want to deal with the hassle of getting up and having to get ready to go to work. I would much rather do my work at home. Not to mention the fact that I have children at home that I would rather be with. I just earned my degree online so that I could get my education while I was at home. With my degree, I have found that I can do many more jobs from home. If you are working from home, you have probably found that it can sometimes be very hard to focus on your work. Here are some tips to help you be more productive while you are working at home.

1. Create your own workspace. It can be hard to work from home when you are sitting at the kitchen table with the tv in one corner and dirty dishes in the other. To ensure that you are the most effective, take the time to set up your own workspace. It can be your little space where it is just for your work.
2. Make and keep a schedule. When working from home, you might be tempted to get up whenever you want, and work whenever you want. However, you need to make your own schedule. You can still work whenever you want, but be kind to yourself. Take a lunch break, and stop working at a certain hour. Don't be working all day.
3. Minimize your distractions. You might have the tv on and little kids running around the house, but would you have these at work? No. Try to minimize these distractions as much as you can. Do this when you are making a business call. There is nothing more unprofessional when you are making a call with a dog barking and kids screaming in the background. Step into a quite place when you are taking business calls.
4. Make your expectations crystal clear. When you begin to work from home, you need to set up your expectations very clear. If you are going to be working odd hours, let your employer know. Turn in your projects and your assignments on time. If you are always late, your company will think twice about letting you work from home.

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