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The Very Best Work From Home Tips: 10 Ideas To Help You Be Successful

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Working From Home Tips For Success

I’m so excited to share these work from home tips! These simple ideas have really changed the game for me. 

Working from home is not what I thought it would be. 

Is it amazing? Heck yes.

Is it a dream come true? Definitely!

But it is so much more of a struggle than I could have ever imagined.

When I started working from home, I was literally shocked at how dang hard it was.

It was not all rainbows and sunshine like I had pictured in my head. It is more like rainbows and sunshine with a mix of lightning and maybe a few hail storms!

Going into my second year of working from home, I do things a little bit differently. Things are not necessarily easier.

But I would like to think I am a little wiser. A little more comfortable navigating my way through things. 

I plucked these tips straight out of my daily life.

They truly help me be more productive, more successful and definitely happier in my working from home journey. 

Here Are 10 Work From Home Tips That Have Helped me Tremendously

1) Get Dressed

This is huge!

Pajamas all day. Sounds pretty good to me. The old me was all about that no bra life. 

But I promise you that putting on some real clothes will help you be so much more productive. You don’t have to put on a suit. Leggings are totally acceptable. 

Just make sure to put on some sort of real clothing. 

For me, getting dressed and putting on a little mascara works wonders. 

Yes, one of the perks of working from home is that there is no dress code. You have total control over what you wear. But getting out of those comfy pajamas. brushing your teeth and washing your face are small ways you can set your day up for success.

I do however highly suggest picking a day of the week to stay in your pajamas all day. 

2) Set Up Your Space

The couch can get you in trouble. So can that dang TV. And don’t even get me started on the fridge. 

At home, there are distractions everywhere you turn.

Some days, even the laundry basket seems to be calling my name. I can find an endless amount of things to clean when I am on the hunt for distractions.

I used to sit on the couch and take snack breaks way too often. Snacks are my favorite distraction. 

Having a designated workspace is crucial!

Find a space in your home where you can focus. Many people do not have an in-home office. I do not have a separate room for an office. 

But I have a desk in the corner of my bedroom. When I sit at my desk, I go into work mode. 

I also highly suggest decorating your space a little.  Nothing fancy. Some motivational signs and a candle will work just fine.

No matter how much space you have, a workspace that gives off positive vibes and makes you feel good is a must.

3) Go Somewhere

I know many of us do not have this option. 

But if you can get out of the house, do it. Even if it is just a day or two a week.

Maybe you only have a few hours to go sit at the coffee shop or sit at the library. Make the most of that time. 

A change of scenery can be great if you are feeling stuck or uninspired. 

And it’s also nice to just be around other people every once in a while. 

4) Schedule

Structure will be your best friend. 

Kids thrive on structure and routine. So do adults!

Take the amount of time you have to work and break it up into chunks.

And always make sure you are taking breaks. 

One thing I do to break up my day is I add in a 30-minute workout every afternoon. I call it my afternoon exercise pick me up. 

Another thing you must do is be realistic with the schedule you are planning. Chances are you are not going to sit somewhere with your head down for 6 hours working. 

5) Goals

Set work goals for yourself.

Have specific things that you want to get done on any given day.

And I also like to prioritize my tasks. Doing this forces me to focus on something that I might have otherwise put off.

If you are anything like me, the easy things on a list always seem the most appealing.

Tackling those big projects may feel intimidating. But you just have to start! 

Starting is the hardest part. Once you get the ball rolling, I can almost guarantee you will feel relieved and that thing you were putting off won’t seem so bad.

6) Mindset

Before I start working for the day, I do a couple of small things. 

I look online for a few motivational quotes. And I always listen to a couple of songs. Songs that make me feel good. Songs that get me pumped up. 

These simple things set me up for success. They put me in a really good state of mind. 

And a positive mindset is a huge aspect of successfully working from home. 

Find a few small things that make you feel good. Do these things throughout the day to keep those positive vibes flowing.

7) Pretend You Have a Boss

This might sound silly. But it works for me. 

Pretend you have someone to answer to.

Create an alter ego for yourself if you have to. Give this no non-sense taking alter ego a name. You can even go as far as to set up a meeting with your imaginary boss. Whatever works, right?

You are at home after all. No one is going to see you talking to your imaginary boss. Well, maybe your kids. But my guess is they won’t even care.

Being the employee and the boss can cause some blurred lines.

We have to be the ones to set the expectations. And this is much easier said than done. 

The idea of having someone other than yourself to answer to can be a great motivator.

8) Practice

It takes time to get the hang of working from home. 

You will probably not be a pro from day one. Heck, I am over a year in and I am not a pro.  

Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself. 

Things will not go off without a hitch every day. 

It is easy to think that working from home should be a breeze. But that is just not the way things are.

Working from home has challenges just like working away from home does. The challenges are just different.

9) Keep Track

At the end of the day, keep track of what you have accomplished. 

Look at your to-do list. What is crossed off? What’s left?

This is a great visual tool you can use to see exactly what you got done today.

Some days I am really proud of everything I crossed off my list.

Other days not so much.

Working from home is all about tweaking and making changes as needed. 

But keeping track has really been a game-changer for me. 

10) Be Creative

This tip is especially for people working from home with kiddos running around. 

Being creative with your time is going to make or break how successful you are. 

Maybe you only have nap time. Maybe you only have a couple of hours after your kids are in bed.

Getting up a couple of hours earlier in the morning may be the way to go.

It is easy to say we don’t have time for things. But if something is really important, you will make the time.

Here is something surprising I have discovered.

I have found that having too much time can sometimes backfire. 

For me, less time to get something done lights a fire under my butt and really kicks things into higher gear in the productivity department.

Too much time can actually cause me to overthink every word I type or choice I make.

So try to take the time you have and think about how you can get creative and use that time in the best ways possible. 

I’m sure you have heard that saying about the grass not always being greener on the other side?

It is true.

When an idea sparks our interest, it is natural to only see the good. We put on our blinders and try to block out anything that’s not putting a smile on our faces. 

But there are struggles in all parts of life. Every person on the planet faces challenges in their lives and with their careers.

Yes, even people that say they have their dream job still face obstacles. They still have hard days too. 

When it comes to working from home, the ball is completely in your court.

This means all the things fall on you.

But this also means you have the power!

Have any work from home tips you use? I’d love to hear them!

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