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Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, and many companies now offer employees the option to work remotely.

Getting distracted at your home office? Here are a few things you can do to increase productivity when working from your apartment. 

 

Have a designated space

Keeping your work space separate from your "living" space is essential, especially if you work from home. If you're renting a new apartment and know you'll be working from home, look for one that has one more bedroom than you need so you can turn it into an office. If you don't have the extra room, set aside a corner of your living room or bedroom that's just for work. Having a designated space will allow you to feel like you're at work, while also making it easier to "turn off" at night and maintain a strong work-life balance

 

Take breaks

Sitting at a desk all day can drain your energy and motivation. Set up intervals where you can take quick breaks, even if it's just to get up and stretch your legs or make a coffee. Taking small breaks every 90 minutes or so actually increases productivity, so don't be afraid to step away from your work to help you focus better while you're at your desk. 

 

Schedule your day

Working at home means working on your own more often. This cuts down on the distractions that tend to happen in an office environment, but it can also be difficult to keep yourself on track with no one else around. Mapping out everything you need to get done each morning is a great way to hold yourself accountable. While completing a task, try not to take phone calls, answer emails, or shift from that task until it is finished. 

 

Keep a routine

Having a regular routine will help you stay productive. This extends outside of your work hours to include a regular bedtime, wake-up time, and work time. Choose a time that you will start work each day, and stick to it. Plan everything else around it, including your meals. Take time to get ready each morning, and have a lunch break that you take every day, just as you would if you went to an office for work.