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10 Tips for Working From Home Efficiently – and Having More Time for You

10 Tips for Working From Home Efficiently - and Having More Time for YouBy Karen Beaman

So you work from home—or you want to. It’s a great way to bring balance to your life and make time for the things that are important to you. Whether you want more time for your family, friends, a hobby or just downtime to decompress, working from home and ditching that long commute can help. But it can be easy to get distracted when you work from home, so learning how to work more efficiently is critical to your work-from-home success.

Here are some tips for working from home that have helped me work more efficiently.

1. Stop multitasking.

Everyone thinks they’re good at it—I can read this email while I’m listening to a conference call, no problem!—but dividing your attention means you’re not really paying attention to either activity. Better to focus on one thing at a time, cross it off your list and move on.

2. Remove as many distractions as possible.

Sometimes your office doubles as your gym or your craft room and it’s easy to get distracted thinking about how much you need to exercise this week or when you’re going to start that new project. Stop it! Put a screen around your recumbent bike, cover your project table, do whatever you need to so distractions are out of sight and out of mind. (more…)

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6 Ways to Stay Productive When Working From Home

6 Ways to Stay Productive When Working From HomeBy Christina Tiplea

You wake up and immediately feel overwhelmed by thinking about how much you need to get done.

The emails are piling up in your inbox, the pile of dirty dishes in the sink is reminding you how behind you are on housework, and you forgot to make your kid’s lunch last night. It’s not even 7 a.m. yet and you already feel like a failure.

And to top it off – you stayed up until 1 a.m. last night working. Shouldn’t you feel more on top of things than this?

Some days you feel like you can’t possibly keep juggling working from home while still nourishing your personal life and relationships and making sure everything stays afloat. And although you might begin your day with great intentions of being super productive, so many things keep getting in the way and you feel like you just can’t seem to get a grasp on everything.

I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can feel in control of your life and your work and thrive instead of trying to merely get through the day. (more…)

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Four Simple Tips to Help With Work-at-Home Mom Overwhelm

Four Simple Tips to Help With Work-at-Home Mom OverwhelmBy Caroline Pigott

I’ve learned there’s working from home, and then there’s working from home with kids.  I wasn’t yet a mom when I began working for myself. I had no distractions and no time restraints – not counting client deadlines, of course. Fast-forward five years and two kids later and my work-at-home life had to change. The big chunk of time I used to dedicate to my business had to be segmented to accommodate my new life – a life that doesn’t recognize what it means to work “9-5.”

We hear the word “juggle” a lot when it comes to work-life balance, but my years working from home with kids has made me realize that the word “balance” makes the most sense.

It’s not easy to focus on work and the kids simultaneously. You might be called to fix a broken toy when you’re on the phone with a client. Or you might feel guilty about being on your computer while your baby coos in her crib. If you’re not prepared, working at home with kids won’t feel like the lifestyle you dreamed about when you worked in an office. But if you acclimate your work to your home life, you will feel a lot more relaxed and a lot more ready to welcome success both professionally and personally.

So, how can you create a more balanced work-home life? I aptly named my daily routine the “slow and steady strategy” and I know it will make sense to you, too.

Keep these four different words in mind each and every day: (more…)

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10 Life Hacks to Maximize Your Lunch Break

10 Life Hacks to Maximize Your Lunch BreakBy Sarah Landrum

It’s easy to take lunch breaks for granted. After all, they’re nothing more than an opportunity to curb those midday hunger pangs, right? But, as it turns out, there’s more to lunch breaks than that.

If used right, lunch breaks can boost your productivity, too. It’s not just because they fill your stomach or give you a breather from work. When you take a lunch break, you have the opportunity to do one or more of the following.

1. Rest Your Eyes

You’ve already been staring at your computer for hours. The last thing you want is to stare at it some more and experience computer vision syndrome (CVS). Even if CVS doesn’t damage your eyes, it still causes enough discomfort to get in the way of your work.

So don’t forget to give your eyes some TLC. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Make sure to blink your eyes regularly, so they’ll be moistened and refreshed. This way you can get back to business A.S.A.P., without getting distracted by tired eyes.       (more…)

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Summertime Productivity Hacks for Work at Home Moms

Summertime Productivity Hacks for Work at Home MomsBy Jan Pinnington

A wall calendar, an egg timer, and a handful of water balloons helped this work-at-home mom stay productive during the hazy lazy days of summer.

Months and months of carefully planned schedules, routines, and systematic living abruptly ends, and as exciting as summer break can be for both you and the kids, it’s also a time of year that can wreak havoc if you work from home. Gone are the days of quiet, serene, and reflective “alone time” where you can retreat back home from the carpool line to a full pot of coffee and daily to-do list.

Instead, hello summer! It’s a busy time for entertaining energetic kids, friends, pets, and projects all while managing the chatter, excitement, and constant activity that happens steadily through your slamming front door.

No wonder the summer is the least productive time for women who work from home. Our momma gene kicks into high gear as each of us strains to balance work life with family life. We don’t want to miss a single work related deadline OR magical milestone in the life of our children, and summer break puts extra special challenges in our way.

But working from home can be a blessing in the summertime, especially if you have the tactics to not only survive, but to thrive.  Take it from this work-at-home mom – yes, you can have your watermelon and eat it too. (more…)

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