10 Successful Secrets to Working From Home

Increased productivity. Every business wants it, but how can you get it? The answer is simple-working from home.

Studies have found that working from home can actually lead to increased productivity. This can be attributed to quieter work environments and more work hours, among other things. Not to mention increased levels of job satisfaction from employees.

It can be hard to stay focused at work, and in some aspects even harder to stay focused on working when you're at home. It's important to manage your time even when you're at home. Don't miss out on these 10 secrets to productively work from home.

1. "Commute" to work.

Working from home means skipping rush hour and saving gas, but don't lose out on your mental preparation time. Take a quick 5-minute walk around your neighborhood to help wake up and get into work-mode. Once you return home, your brain will know it's time to buckle down and focus on work. Repeat the same "commute" at the end of the work day to help turn you work brain off and transition into your normal evening activities.

2. Get Dressed.

Sitting around in your pajamas all day sounds nice in theory, but it's not going to help your productivity. You don't have to get as dressed up as you would if you went into work, just be sure to get out of your PJs. Putting on work out clothes will make your more inclined to stay active throughout the day and even to head to the gym after work.

3. Connect.

It's important to stay connected to your co-workers and customers while working from home. Set yourself up for success by making sure you have the right tools and devices to be able to collaborate with others. Network Solutions and Telephone Solutions both can aid in staying connected to others and keeping your network safe while at home.

4. Set up an office.

As tempting as it is to work in your bed all day, it's not the best idea. It's important to physically have a supportive, ergonomic work area and to mentally have a clear work zone. Set up a home office with proper storage and keep it organized. Preferably, create an office with a closed door or set up a partition if that's not an option. Your roommates will know when you're working and hopefully they won't distract you.

5. Get moving.

Working from home eliminates the natural movements you make when working in your office-walking to break room to refill your coffee, stopping by a coworkers' desk to ask a question, or hoping over to the cafeteria for lunch. At home, everything you need is right at your finger tips, or a few steps away at best. Get your blood flowing and remember to at least take a few laps from your living room every hour to stretch out your legs. Even better, take a lap around the block and enjoy the fresh air.

6. Stay Out of the Kitchen.

Don't let the "freshmen 15" happen again when you start working from home. It's tempting to check the fridge or pantry often when it's so close to you, but don't make it a habit. If you're hungry, don't get up for a snack until you've finished the task at hand, even if it's just a small part of it. Let your snacks serve as motivation and a reward to get your work done.

7. Commit to More Work.

If you only work from home some days, commit to getting more work done on those days at home. That will give you a healthy dose of personal pressure to keep you focused throughout the day. Be honest with yourself and make sure to stay on track.

8. Plan Your Schedule.

Some tasks require being in the office, like attending a meeting, collaborating with a co-worker, using your bigger monitor at your work desk, etc. Plan for the week ahead and see what tasks can be completed at home. Some tasks might be easier to concentrate on at home, such as writing, without having the normal office distractions.

9. Take Clear Breaks.

With the pressure to stay on task at home, people often forget to give themselves a break-mentally and physically. Your brain needs a break and as mentioned earlier, your muscle need a chance to move around. Don't feel guilty about a 15-minute break, but just be sure to make the most of it. Don't just continue to sit at your desk staring at your computer screen checking social media. Get up, move around, let your eyes focus on something other than a monitor, and if your job doesn't require a lot of talking, give a friend a quick call to get some interaction.

10. Try a New Location.

Working from home can create a lot of tempting distractions. It's easy to lose focus when there's things that need to get done around the house. Eliminate these distractions by working from a new location. Try out local coffee shops, the library, or anywhere you can find a good Wi-Fi connection. If you're able to use your cell phone as a personal hot spot, try working outside at a local park. It's good for your sanity to mix things up and try out new spaces.

Working from home can be great and a lot of people who don't have the option are envious of the flexibility of it. Follow these tips to stay focused, productive and motivated while working from home. To set up a custom Network Solution or Telephone Solution to enhance your connections while working from home, contact Coordinated Business Systems. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to create a custom solution for your specific needs. Contact us today.