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How To Work From Home Like You Mean It

Source: fastcompany.com Author: KEVIN PURDY READ FULL ARTICLE AT fastcompany.com

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Working from home requires a new mindset and a good system, not just a nicer pair of pants (but put those on, too).



Despite all the stories you’ve heard, the hardest part of working from home isn’t putting on pants every day. 
I’ve been working from home, a few different homes, since late 2007. And the biggest thing I've learned during those four years is that working from home doesn’t have to change how you get work done, but it does change nearly everything else about your gig. When there are hard, regular deadlines and a constant flow of work, it is just like being at an office--with the added advantage that nobody else is there to interrupt my train of thought with an impromptu visit. And then there were times when I nearly broke down and told the boss the truth about why that weeklong project was in such sad shape: Because just when I need to focus it becomes clear that there are a lot of interesting links to look at on the Internet. Like this one.
I'm far from the only person to have confronted the joys and challenges of telecommuting. So I asked a few productive work-from-homers what they would do differently, if they could go back in time and reboot their office. Here’s a bit of home-working hindsight that might help you out the next time you’re going to work from home, whether it's for a day or a career.
Look the Part, Be the Part
It’s one of far too many great quotes from Proposition Joe in The Wire, and great advice for getting more done at home.
Dressing for work and "arriving" on time, eating lunch on a rigid schedule, shaving, brushing, and so on seems pointless at first. But not doing these basic preparations is the start of a steep, Teflon-coated slope to...

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