Working at Home? Here's 10 Ways to Be More Productiv

Written by Alexandria Brown

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**5. Group Your Errands**

Try to group your meetings and errands together to minimize your out- of-office time. Make a list inrepparttar morning of allrepparttar 118017 outside tasks you need done forrepparttar 118018 day, and attempt to complete them in one fell swoop. Even better, do what I do and designate just one day a week as your "blitz" day for errands and meetings. I like doing this, because then I need to get dressed up only one day a week! : )

**6. Stay Focused**

Make your workspace off-limits to other roommates or family members when you're working. For you animal lovers, this may go for pets as well. (My cat Francine gets *very* jealous when I'm not giving her complete attention!) Keep all personal paperwork such as bills and magazines out of sight, so as not to distract you from your projects.

**7. Beware of Yappers**

Many of your friends and family will be immediately delighted when they learn that you're working at home. They picture you lounging on repparttar 118019 couch, eating potato chips, and waiting for their calls. When they call you simply to chat, politely remind them that you're working, and ask them if you can call them back after your day is over. It may take them awhile, but they'll eventually "get it."

**8. Work With Your Moods**

Keep track of your moods and productivity compared withrepparttar 118020 time of day. For example, if you find you're more alert inrepparttar 118021 morning, use this time to make important calls and do your creative work. Take advantage of your natural cycles. If you feel better after an afternoon nap, go for it! (I'm a BIG proponent ofrepparttar 118022 catnap. In fact, I may start a support group. : ))

**9. Suit Yourself**

To bring out your best work, make your environment perfect for YOU. How do you work best? With plenty of breaks, or with no interruptions? In silence, or with some light music inrepparttar 118023 background? On a cushy couch and coffee table, or at a business desk in an ergonomic chair? (My friends thought I was nuts when I spent $700 on my Herman Miller Aeron chair, but they quickly understood why once they sat in it! And my spine thanks me every day.)

Also, find some places you can do work when you need a change of scenery. How aboutrepparttar 118024 library,repparttar 118025 park, or your neighborhood coffee shop? When I need to do serious reading, thinking, or editing, I take my work outside torepparttar 118026 beach. The sea air, sunshine, and soothing waves help me think much more clearly.

**10. Break for People**

Feeling sluggish, lonely, or moody? Arrange for at least one social break duringrepparttar 118027 week. (I aim for two or three.) Schedule breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just coffee with a client, vendor, or friend. Join a business networking group, or sign-up for social activities such as dance class or recreational sports league. Don't go into hermit mode - it can be self-destructive!

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1)Use one 12 x 18" black sheet to draw one large animal (rabbits, elephants, turtles, pigs, etc.) that nearly fillsrepparttar paper.

2)Choose several 3 x 6" colors for your animal's body parts.

3)Take one 3 x 6" color and cut it into 1/2" wide strips.

4)Next, cut a 1/2" strip into smaller squares, approximately 1/2" in size. Now you have a small pile of tiny squares that are about 1/2" x 1/2".

5)Use these small squares to fill in a part ofrepparttar 118016 animal's body. (Spread a small amount of glue where you wantrepparttar 118017 squares to go. Placerepparttar 118018 squares carefully on repparttar 118019 glue, close together.)

6)When one part ofrepparttar 118020 body is filled, choose another part ofrepparttar 118021 body to fill. (If you have squares left, use those squares to fill another part ofrepparttar 118022 body that you want to be that same color.)

7)When you're ready, choose another 3 x 6" color and cut it intorepparttar 118023 1/2" x 1/2" squares. Use these to fill repparttar 118024 next part ofrepparttar 118025 body that you chose.

8)Repeat this process until all parts ofrepparttar 118026 animal's body are filled.

9)Put away to dry.

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