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How to Master Working at Home

Working at home—sounds easy, right? You sit down, pull out a computer, lay out some papers and start working. But sometimes the work just doesn’t happen.

What makes working at home so difficult is that home is where we’re most comfortable. It’s the same place we relax, have fun and usually don’t do work. The key to maximizing your productivity is to do some self-reflecting and see all the ways your current setup isn’t working. These tips can help you get started:

1. Make a to-do list
It’s a tradition for a reason: it works really well. Writing out a list of what you need to do is a good way to focus on what needs to be done and to hold yourself accountable. Plus, checking things off provides a satisfying feeling of progress.

2. Get moving
When you’re feeling stuck, the best decision might be to get moving. Walks have been shown to be good for your brain health, and getting some fresh air can improve your overall concentration. Be sure to sign up for the Online Health Coach to help you set activity goals. Eligible Standard and Basic Option members may be able to earn $40 for each goal completed, up to three, for $120 total.

3. Create a routine
Set up specific times where you’ll only focus on work. Pick a time of day that you find yourself most productive. Be sure to include some time for breaks, too.

4. Avoid distractions
House chores like cleaning or laundry can distract you from your work without feeling like procrastination. Add a few to your to-do list that can be done quickly and leave the bigger chores for the weekend.

Most importantly, don’t give up if you’re not as productive as you want to be. Finding a setup that works for you takes time. With some experimentation you’ll quickly find what works and what doesn’t.

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Published on: May 21, 2020