I have been working from home since early 2011, when I was let go from a Hollywood agency after the summary firing of my boss. It's a long story, but in the end, it led to the start of my full-time writing career.
At first, working at home as a freelance writer was a challenge, and a bit terrifying. Not only was I without a guaranteed paycheck and a set of expected daily duties, but I was also suddenly in charge of my own schedule, obliged to create my own workspace, and left without any human resources team to support me.Advertisement
Through a slow, organic process, I began to identify what habits led to the most productive work from home experience, and what hacks I could use to keep myself on task, managing my time, meeting deadlines, and also enjoying a good work/life balance - no easy task when your home life and workplace are one in the same.
With that in mind, here are nine of my best productivity hacks that keep me on task while I work from home.
Get dressed for your home office just like you would for a professional workplace
Keep a schedule and make sure others respect it
Take real breaks during the workday
Create and maintain a real workspace
Learn to use lists and workflow management software
Don't treat home like home
Get some fresh air and, ideally, some exercise
Make sure there's plenty of light in your workspace
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