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10 great habits for the at-home worker

10 great habits for the at-home worker

Just because you can work from home doesn't mean you're going to. You might think you can run through the motions the same way, but making money online from home isn't always a walk in the park. Some people have a hard time being productive outside of an office.

Luckily, there are a few beneficial habits you can adopt if you're struggling. Check out these tips.

1. Break up your communication
Phone calls, texts, email, social media messages - they can all be used professionally, but they often aren't. Do yourself a favor and identify which modes of communication you use for work and which for play. Avoid the fun ones when you're "clocking in" to the home office.

2. Clock in to the home office
Speaking of which, you should be setting hours for your workday. Sure, you may not have a supervisor keeping track of the time, but that doesn't mean you should take advantage of that setup. Designate working hours so you have a clear window of productivity.

3. Get a room with a view
Windows are an important part of your job culture. You wouldn't want to work in an office with no windows, so why would you do that at home? Ultimately, you should identify a specific office space that's equal parts cozy and professional. Don't stay in bed with the curtains drawn.

4. Exercise a little
Bed, chair, couch - whatever you work from, make sure you leave it and walk around a little from time to time. Not only will this break up the monotony of a long work day, it can help you be more productive. Remember, an active body breeds an active mind.

5. Practice the right mindset
A wise man once said, "it's all about the attitude." Just because you can work from home doesn't mean you should treat the practice with any less importance. Work is work. Act professionally and tackle the day with the same tenacity you would in the office.

6. Dress like your boss would
That perspective follows with your wardrobe as well. You shouldn't just act professionally, you should dress the part. Getting up, showering and throwing on something business casual can do a world of good when you're trying to find motivation in the morning.

7. Wake up early
And you should be starting in the morning. The easiest way to lose productivity and sacrifice work time is to sleep through it. Don't burn daylight from under the covers. You'll thank yourself for the early start later.

8. Give yourself rewards
And that thank you deserves some positive reinforcement. After completing any big task on the job, you should reward yourself the same way a manager would - or get a little creative. A light snack, some extra downtime or a small gift to yourself is a great way to boost your spirits.

9. Meet a friend for lunch
Social time is a reward in and of itself, and you need it while you're on the job. Locking yourself in a home office for hours can become mind-numbing. Get some face time with a friend or family member for a little mental stimulation.

10. Call it a day
And if that doesn't jumpstart your work day, know when to call it quits. That doesn't mean you should pack up shop every time you have a mental roadblock. However, if you've already had a productive day, and you're feeling exhausted by 4 p.m., don't be afraid to take that extra hour off.

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