6 Things You Should Do To Successfully Work From Home

The past summer, I had five days to write a novel which will be published in summer 2016. Before I couldn’t have imagined writing a novel in such a short period of time, but with some tips regardings working successfully from home I was able to stick to the deadline. We often feel intimidated when we have to stick to a schedule and motivate ourselves from home, but here are some tips to help you get everything done!

#1 Have a schedule.

Don’t let things you usually do at home distract you. Have a schedule which clearly says when you have to work and when not. Try to stick to the schedule as much as possible! This Chic Weekly Desk Planner might help you to plan out your day a bit more successfully.

#2 Dress appropriately.

If you work from home, you might be able to work in your pyjamas, but if you want to be productive, it’s always an idea to dress as if you were heading to an office where you’re expected to dress appropriately as well.

#3 Have a separate workspace.

When you feel like your surroundings are distracting you, don’t work from your kitchen table. It doesn’t have to be a separate room, but try to find a space which you can assign to work only.

#4 Do whatever you need in order to distinguish between work and home.

The three tips above are just some suggestion to do so. I find it a lot easier to work at home if I have the feeling that I’m not quite at home. Think about what distracts you from work and try to make a tiny part of your home your workspace.

#5 Know what your work is worth.

When you’re not heading your home to work and don’t have the professional surrounding an office can offer you, it’s easy to think that your work isn’t worth much. Don’t let this thought get to you: In the end, it doesn’t matter where you work but how you work.

#6 Take advantage of owning your own office.

Another thought which you shouldn’t allow to get to you is that working from home doesn’t have advantages as well. Ever wanted to decorate your workspace in a way your boss doesn’t approve of? Well, from now on you’re the boss and you own that office.

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  • Great tips! I’m currently writing my Masters Thesis in addition to running my blog, so these were incredibly relevant and helpful! :) Thank you!

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    • michelle

      Excellent tips. I run an etsy store and my blog from home. And I found your tip about dressing appropriately for a day at the office very relevant, I would also add,letting your friends and family know that though you are at home you are working or they may have a tendency to take up your time . I look forward to more great articles.

  • Love these tips! Thanks for sharing Marie. And congrats on finishing a novel in 5 days – that’s amazing!!

    xx Krista
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  • Great tips! And well done on writing your novel – that’s a really impressive amount of time to have completed it in!

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thanks for the great tips! I’m always struggling because I work from home and sometimes I feel like my life is just a mess of work and personal mixed in the same space! Great post! xoxo

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  • Sharon Nicole Hughes

    Good read. I have been working from home for over 2 years now and love it. It does have its challenges, but your tips were spot on. Well done.

  • So true! Although I have a full-time job, I still run my blog from home, so these tips are really helpful. I am still working on staying productive and not traveling into the social media world when I should be writing though (:

  • Tracy

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    Love the way you match them together! The style rocks.

  • I quit my full-time to be my own boss 2 months ago and these tips are bang on. I’d also add — invest in a good ‘office’ chair as many chairs in the home aren’t great for your back and working from the sofa never winds up being very productive :) xx

  • Agnes

    I still have 9-5 job but also run home based business. I found the hard way that having a designated place to work and ideally set aside time is the key to being productive. Otherwise life, kids and dinner constantly were taking priority. They still do, outside my “Home Office Hours”

    I enjoyed your post. Lot’s of good advice.

    Agnes
    findinglifebalancewithagnes.blogspot.com

  • The Girl From The Coast

    Great post! Highly agree. I feel much more productive when I get up, eat breakfast, go for a shower and dress as if I am leaving the house – make-up included. I too often have worked from bed and I only end up getting frustrated! haha http://thegirlfromthecoast.blogspot.co.uk/

  • The best tip is get up, get dressed shoes too, and act like you are going to your job. Thanks for the tips!
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  • RobinnGree

    True about dressing like you’re going to a physical office! Especially about wearing shoes. I work for a company that provides customer support for other companies via a work-at-home program. I have noticed that I sound much more professional and am more efficient when I’m wearing regular clothing as opposed to slob clothes (must admit to wearing flannel PJ pants and baggy t-shirts 75% of the time though. :- ). While I love working at home, keeping my own personal standards in place are key. I would never want to run my own home-based business, but if you do, dressing properly is really important!!

  • RobinnGree

    Also, be sure to take breaks and a lunchtime, preferably at the same day. Start and stop at the security time every day if possible.

  • Miss Jamie-Leigh

    Having a schedule resonated with me – I had one of those weeks last week when I launched my blog and worked from the moment I woke up till whatever time and didn’t give myself any structure, this week has been more structured. Brilliant article :) http://missjamie-leigh.blogspot.co.uk