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How to Be More Productive When Working From Home

How to Be More Productive When Working From Home

With plenty of distractions, including the allure of a cozy bed, working from home isn’t always easy. To keep your productivity levels high when working from home, implement the following tips into your routine.

1. Change it up

One of the most impactful steps you can take when working from home is to change your scenery. Working in the same place seems logical – especially if you have a designated work space. Changing up your environment actually tricks your mind into being more interested in your work, no matter how mundane it may be.

Go to a local coffee shop, restaurant, park or to a common area at your apartment complex to break the monotony of your home office.

2. Set work hours

When you have a traditional office job, you’re expected to be working between a certain set of hours with the exception of a break here-and-there. You should apply the same principles when working from home.

It’s easy to focus on other things throughout the day when you’re at home, so being intentional about getting your work done when you can is important. If traditional daytime hours are best, go with that. Or if working at night is best, then set aside nighttime hours. Just be intentional about whatever you decide.

A tip for working like this is to let others know of your scheduled “work hours,” so they can respect them and also help keep you accountable.

3. Use an app

If you work from home, you aren’t alone in the struggle to find productivity in this environment. So many people go through this same experience, that there are a number of modern solutions you can find right on your smartphone.

If you’re having trouble focusing on work while working at home, consider downloading one of the numerous productivity apps out there. Many of these are free and can help you with time management, project management, time tracking, avoiding distractions and so much more. Some of these are even “gamified” making the whole experience fun.

4. Remove distractions

Distractions and low productivity go hand-in-hand. The best way to avoid distractions when working from home? Get them out of the house.

Anything that is a tempter to you, simply remove. Things like Netflix, your unmade bed, a dirty kitchen and a yapping dog can all be sirens calling you away from your work. Whatever steps you need to take to remove the distractions (or remove yourself from the distractions) will help your productivity instantly.

5. Silence your notifications

Many of the distractions you’ll experience when working from home are things other than electronics, but you can’t deny the pervasiveness of “notifications” today. Whether on your smartphone or computer, coming from your email, social media, texts or otherwise, you probably get a ton of notifications each day.

To avoid a break in progress, silence these notifications while you’re working. This goes back to our earlier point about having designated work hours – many devices will let you silence notifications during these hours automatically.

6. Clean up frequently

You’ll never get anything accomplished at home if all you can think about is the need to clean up around you. Make tidying a part of your regular work week and don’t forget to do it. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can get done in a tidy workspace.

Blog courtesy of Rent.com

Your manager may have given you the phone numbers you need.

But, how do you set up utilities for your apartment? What do you need to know?

Start early

You don’t want to be calling the utility companies the day you move. This may cause a delay in service. The utility company may need to send someone to your apartment to do on-site work. This could take a few days. If they must come to your home someone will need to be there to let them in. You don’t want to be arranging these things while you are focused on moving. Getting it done early will save your sanity when moving day arrives.

Find out exactly what services are your responsibility

Some communities cover portions of the utilities in the complex. Some examples include trash, heat, and water. Find out what is covered by you and what is covered by your landlord. Look at your lease, and if need be call your manager for clarification.

Call your current providers

Once you know the day you are moving, you need to call your current utility providers. Let them know the day you are moving out, so they know the day to shut off your service. The last thing you want is to be paying for utilities you aren’t using. Be sure to provide them with a forwarding address so they can send you a final bill.

The set-up process

When you are setting up utilities in your name there are some things you need to have ready before you call. If you are transferring services with the same utility company, they may just need your new address and move-in date. But, if you are opening a new account they may require your name, phone number, email, new address, social security number or tax ID, and birthday.

***Why do they need such personal information? – The utility company needs your social security or tax ID number and birthday to run a credit check. These companies must do a certain amount of risk management on its customers. If you don’t have stellar credit, it does not mean the utility company will refuse to turn on your service. But, you might be charged a higher deposit to offset the risk. If you have an outstanding balance with your former company, they may require you pay that off before turning on service. Each company is different, so be sure to ask.

Utility set-up fee – Many utility companies require a one-time set-up fee to turn on service. Some will require a refundable deposit too. Depending on the company, you may see this fee on your initial bill or you may have to pay it upfront before services are turned on. It depends on the company you are working with.

When your first bill arrives

When your first bill comes to your apartment, it will have everything you need to set up online bill pay. You will need your account number, the name of the utility provider, and their billing address. If you pay online, you can save yourself the stamp.

Setting up utilities can be a quick and easy process if you know what to expect. Be sure to take care of everything before moving day. The last thing you want is to have to be on the horn with utility company instead of moving your belongings to your new home. Get the set up done early so you can focus on making your new apartment feel like home.

Blog courtesy of Rent.com


Demetriee Burrows

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