Be productive when working from home
DISCIPLINE is crucial when you work at home - whether it's for your own business or as a telecommuting employee. Here are three ways to stay focused.
DESIGNATE WORK SPACE
Choose a space where you will have minimal interruptions. Do not underestimate the distractions from children, pets, TV and household chores.
Store all work-related files, reference materials and supplies in this space. Or go paperless by scanning hard copies of documents using tools such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.
SET A WORK SCHEDULE
Create a routine and stick to it. Let friends and family know your work schedule so they will not interrupt you unless there is an emergency. Do take your coffee and lunch breaks but refrain from handling personal tasks during office hours.
DRESS FOR WORK
It will keep you from lazing around in your pyjamas for too long in the morning before you get started for the day. Also, you do not want to waste time scrambling at the last minute when a Skype call comes through.