Whether you are an entrepreneur or your company allows you to work remotely, your home doubles as an office. It can be tricky to make your home a productive place. How do you relax and work in the same environment? I struggled with this as a writer, and founder of Epifania. So many things can distract you from dishes to your couch to Netflix.

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1.    Create an office space.
My desk/office space has always been in the “living room” area. I make sure that my desk faces away from the TV Therefore my back is to the TV., and it’s harder to get distracted from whatever is on. I also pick an area where I get as much natural light as possible, with plenty of windows. Watching life outside the window keeps the creative juices going.

2.    Have artistic distractions.
Take a note from some of the cool Silicon Valley offices: Add some fun distractions to keep you motivated. Writing in front of my laptop can get dull. I am lucky that my place has an indoor swing. I know cool, right? But if your place does not have a swing, set up a small basketball hoop, a mini golf area, a chalkboard wall, canvas and paints – something that is creative that will inspire you to keep working.

3.     Do Not Work In Your Bed.
I had a hard time with this one. I love my bed. It very comfy and warm. But alas, it is not a place to do work. Why? Well if I start working in bed, then I don’t get out of bed until later in the day. I take my shower later, and I just start everything later. You want your bed to be a relaxing place. Not a place of work.

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4.     No Netflix…or Amazon Prime.
Most people, including myself, need background noise to work. It’s weird to work in silence at home alone. I have found that I need music or a travel show playing in the background to stay productive. I have tried putting on a favorite, like Bridesmaids or The Holiday, because I have seen them so many times that I think I won’t get distracted. But I do. So no movies, no television shows.

5.     Give Yourself Practical Office Hours.
Working from home means you can make your own hours. But that can be tricky. I know for me, that means I can work 24/7, which is very counterproductive, or start my day late. You know when you are the most productive. For example, I start writing and doing magazine tasks at 10 am and go until about 6 pm. I do have a lot of energy at night, but I realized at night, I may have the energy, but I just want to play. Plus, people I need to contact are not up at 10 pm, like me. Giving yourself time to work and time to play is essential to keep the mind going.

Hugs and Smiles,

Nicole