By Jonathan Malkin, Contributing Writer
Working from a home office? I do. The key word is working from a home office, not in a home office. Here are three tips to keep from going stir crazy.
Have an office: Many people set up their laptop on the dining room table and start working. This is great from time to time, but not a good daily routine. Furnish a separate room as your office. Make the place feel comfortable and business-like, but have fun with it. Just make sure it’s a separate space dedicated to getting work done.
Go outside at least once a day: Check the mail. Go for a walk. Watch the sunset. Do something — anything — to get out of the house. I used to have days when I walked from the bedroom to the office in the morning and into the living room and kitchen in the evening. Not a fun way to live. These days I make sure to go outside every day, even if it’s simply to look at the sky and enjoy mother nature.
Work in more than one location: Remember that I said work from home and not in the home? I meant it! I schedule online meetings in the morning and in-person meetings in the afternoon. Thus my mornings are spent being productive at home, and my afternoons are spent meeting with people and getting other work done, such as writing this article!
Jonathan Malkin is author of The Road to Hell and Back: Conquering Depression When Happiness is Not an Option. He can be reached through his website, EntrepreneurialHonesty.com.
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