There are a lot of people who decided to work from home. Others are doing part-time office and home working. Working from home comes with some benefits, the most common being the freedom. For you to enjoy them, you need a guide. Working from home needs to follow certain guidelines for it to work. This is how you stray productive.
You need to allocate a workspace. You can choose one of the corners of the living room for a work desk. You might even have a room for an office. You need a less noisy corner. You also need to manage long hours there without quitting. You can recreate your workplace cubicle if it helps.
You need to take advantage of morning hours. The time you would have spent on the road still needs to be used well. You need to see how a routine can work for you. You can start working right away, go to the gym, read the news, or so anything else to keep you focused. You will have an easier time as the day goes. The routine you choose needs to be something that works for you, and something you can stick to daily.
You also need a structure for the rest of the day. This will help you compensate for any time not used working as the day progresses. You need to also appreciate the value of breaks. Find time in the day for breaks.
You need to dress up too. Working in pajamas rarely inspires focus. Dressing up triggers your mind to focus and stay on track. Aim to look professional yet comfortable.
Make sure you are not in too much quiet. This does not mean you blast loud music on the radio, or invite the kids in. A little noise helps keep the mind focused on performance. Put on some music at a low volume, to help with this. It will also help you enjoy what you are doing.
You need to also watch your diet. You will be sitting for long, which could interfere with your attention span. Tale a lot of water in the day. Your water intake should not be less than six glasses. See also that you take healthy food. Aim for a full breakfast daily. Take only a little caffeine. Instead have more fruits. The sugar will help to keep you alert. It should be easier for you to eat healthy, since you do not have to pack up everything for work.
Remember to socialize. Working from home can limit your social interactions. But do not let people think you are always available. Set specific ties to seeing them. Part of your structure should define your duties in the house, and have the knowledge and support of your spouse and kids.
It also helps to review periodically the progress you have made, and address challenges. AS time goes, you will get better t it.