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Working From Home Needs Structure to Be Effective

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 28, 2017
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Working from home can certainly cut out a lot of headaches like commuting, but it introduces new ones, like how to stay productive. An article in the Harvard Business Review says that this problem reflects a lack of structure that we typically don't encounter when we get up to go to the office. To work most effectively from home, then, means taking a more structured approach. A big part of this is scheduling: you need to set working hours, else you might wind up doing personal things during your work day and work stuff when you should be relaxing. Paradoxically, you should also structure the day to leverage the fact that you are working from home rather than at the office: for example, by taking advantage of the fact you're not going to be at meetings (since you're at home) to get some uninterrupted work done. However none of this will work unless you set clear boundaries with others at home: people need to understand that even if you're home, you're working, and so aren't available for non-work activities. 

Also, based on personal experience, getting dressed helps a lot too.