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How to manage working from home

Working from home as become much easier over the past few years, especially as technology has become more sophisticated.

However, it can take time to get used to a less structured setting. Follow our easy hints and tips to work productively at home.

Make it happen – plan, plan, plan!

Most people, once used to it, prefer working at home to in an office environment but to get it right you need to plan ahead. You will need the elements of a ‘real’ office or studio such as a desk, computer, furniture etc. Spend some time on setting up the area that you want to work in as you will spend more time than you think here and you will need to relate it to work, not home life.

Create boundaries

Set up boundaries with those you live with and create working hours so that you manage your time and it is clear when you are working. If you can, have a separate room to call your office or studio preferably with a door so you can shut it to avoid being disturbed. This will also help stop you from doing your domestic chores rather than work.

Establish a routine

It is important for anyone to distinguish between work life and home life. Mixing up the two when working from home can make you feel like you are always on duty. Commuting to and from work helps create this shift, but you will have to train yourself when working from home. Plan your days and you will be able to distance the two.

Remember to take a break

Make sure you take a break throughout the day. Going for a short walk can help re-energise your thinking and are needed to help balance and encourage productivity.

Maintain a work/life balance

A healthy work/life balance is essential for everyone. Plan the end of your day so that you don’t let yourself accidently sit at your desk into the evening. You don’t have to spend time commuting anymore so use that time to do something you enjoy.

For more information about the Federation of Small Businesses go to www.fsb.org.uk/

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  • I worked from home during my University break before my third year began this September. I am going to start my own business when I leave Uni in 2012 and thought it would be a tester to see if I could cut it. Whilst financially I survived I found working from home incredibly hard going. I don't have a separate room to call the office so I felt as if I never stopped working. What it's proved to me is that I will need a studio when I set up on my own. Working from home for me will be certain disaster and a very lonely working existence!

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