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Today’s modern working model and flexible way of life means working from home is now often a viable option. Whether it’s because you’re a full-time freelancer or just because your job role simply involves some time working away from its headquarters, working from home is fast becoming a more common occurrence. We’ve put together our top tips to keep your concentration in check and ensure your productivity doesn’t lag behind.

While working from the comfort of your own home is great for avoiding the office kitchen no man’s land and the dreaded rush hour commute, it can leave your attention span compromised. You are unavoidably surrounded by lots of homely distractions like Netflix and the biscuit tin but that’s just the nature of the beast. What you need to do is learn how to keep that beast tame and we’re here to help you out.

Establish a specific working area – One of the most important pieces of advice that we could give anybody working from home is to establish a physical boundary between work and leisure. We all know how important it is to invest time into hobbies and capitalise on free time in order to nurture mental wellbeing and the same can be said when it comes to building your working environment. Imagine never being able to leave work… and that’s exactly why this needs to be first on your list of priorities.

Whether you have a specific area sectioned off or a whole room dedicated to being your home office, it’s a good idea to set aside some cash to invest in your working space. Comfort is key for concentration, productivity, motivation and ability to power through your to-do list so spending a little extra money on a supportive chair and sufficient lighting will be worth it in the long run.

Making time to get out of the house is also vital or you’ll likely end up a crazy cat person with an aversion to the sun and a sever caffeine addiction. Well, maybe not quite that bad but spending every waking hour cooped up indoors is good for neither physical nor mental health. Set up meetings with clients at a local café, go for a stroll around the block when taking a lengthy business call or make time to head out for a quick bite to eat during your lunch hour and you’re sure to feel the benefits.

Stick to a daily schedule – Working from home means working from home. It doesn’t mean turning your laptop on and spending the rest of the day gawping at daytime television and refreshing your emails every time there’s an ad break. This is exactly the time of procrastination that we want to help you avoid and establishing a strict daily routine can go a long way towards helping you achieve this.

In the same way you would if you were heading into an office, set your alarm, have a shower, get dressed, grab a hearty breakfast and then you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead of you. If you lounge around in bed ‘til gone midday and slouch on the sofa as you snack your way through the afternoon, you won’t be able to perform to your full potential and your workload will eventually suffer.

Write out a reasonable to-do list at the beginning of every day and make sure you set yourself enough time to get everything on it completed to a good standard. Similarly, make sure you don’t overwork yourself. It can be tempting to carry on typing away into the early hours but this can be as detrimental as slacking off. Give yourself an extra half an hour in bed – we’re all human, but then bounce out all up and at ‘em when you’ve allowed yourself a little indulgence.

Don’t forget to network – Working in an office means you are networking on a daily basis without even realising you’re doing it but communication tends to suffer when you take yourself out of this situation and work from home. Social media is the perfect way to keep in touch with your colleagues, clients and customers and with the wonderful invention that is modern technology, this can be done from virtually anywhere.

Just because you aren’t working in an office and being forced into monthly networking events by your boss doesn’t mean you should get off lightly. Really be your own boss and make yourself go along to regular networking events to maintain your profile, continue expanding your contacts and keep your communication skills in check.

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Karl Bilby

We work very closely with our expert accountants to bring you the latest factually correct tax and accounting news. We also enjoy writing about small business news that we hope you find useful!

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