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5 Tips For Effectively Working From Home

In the technology-driven era that we live in, to work in out-of-office environment has become one of the most popular practices among entrepreneurs. Many entrepreneurs run their startups on tight budget, which is one of the reasons why many of them prefer to work from home, from a favourite coffee shop or even to shortly share office space with other people. Along with all the advantages like saving money on rent, bills, transportation, and most importantly – saving time, working remotely has its disadvantages as well.

With the easy access to so many great applications and online management tools, every entrepreneur can effectively communicate with their staff from any location. But, as the daily routine in the home office is often full of distractions, many people can’t avoid finding it difficult to work effectively and to fully concentrate.

Here you can find five tips that will help you work effectively from home and will make it easier for you to accomplish your daily tasks.

Figure out your most productive hours

When it comes to being creative at work, we are all different – some people feel inspired and productive early in the morning, others prefer working in the evenings. Find your most productive hours that work for you and plan your work day according to that. If you are working remotely, this is the biggest advantage that you have: use your productivity peek to accomplish your tasks more effectively and efficiently.

Prioritize

Plan your schedule according to the importance of your tasks. Working remotely gives you the freedom to be more flexible with your daily schedule, but you should keep your ability to prioritize your work in order to accomplish it on time and to avoid procrastination.

Avoid distractions

It is important that you take regular breaks, but try to minimize distractions. Often, when you work from home, your friends may think that it is acceptable to stop by whenever they can or to call you anytime they want. Remind them, that you might be home, but you are still doing important work and you prefer not to be bothered.

Avoid spending extra time on social networks, to stop your work to see what’s new on Netflix or to watch this “so funny” video. This is why you need to be self-disciplined in order to avoid distractions.

Socialize

Remote working can be tricky. The truth is that even though we are feeling very connected to each other through technology, often the process of working from home can be a bit lonely. Try to socialize as much as you can: go out for lunch with a fellow entrepreneur, friend or business partner; never skip important networking events and set some time away from the work to relax, to stay tuned with the trends and to keep valuable social connections alive.

Define your working space

Create a home office or try to work in an area that will give you the feeling of being in a professional environment. Make sure that you have everything that you need for your work process, so you will not waste time to get comfortable, to find all the things that you need and to search for something “important”.

─ April 27, 2015