One of the things that I absolutely love about running a virtual law firm is the flexibility to work from home each day unless I choose to go work outside my home occasionally.

I’m always amazed at how many lawyers question whether I’m effectively getting work done because not everyone is able to be productive when working from home.

If you struggle with actually getting things done when you work from home, here are my tips for being effective when working from home:

Get up and get dressed.

Now I know some people work from home in their pajamas or even from their bed, but most of us need to feel as though we are ‘at work’ in order to be productive. While we wouldn’t go to work in our pajamas or with unbrushed teeth or hair, it might be tempting to let this area slide when working from home. But if we associate sleepwear with bed, it’s too easy to feel like you’re having a sick day and then you may not actually get any work done.

Prepare for work.

Having a morning routing that includes getting up and ready, working out, taking a short, brisk walk, or having your morning coffee sends the message to your brain that you’re preparing to work. When you start your day feeling energized, you will get more done.

Stay hydrated.

Fill up your water bottle and keep it at your desk. Try to drink at least ½ your weight in ounces of water each day.  So if you weigh 150lbs, you should try to drink at least 75 ounces of water (about 9 glasses) each day.  Dehydration contributes to obesity and wrinkles, so it’s worth counteracting with water which has zero calories. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice if you don’t like water on its own.

Take a lunch break.

Treat your home office space just like you would a traditional work space. Click To Tweet Schedule a time that you will eat lunch. You’ll feel fresher and more ready to tackle your afternoon work after refueling your body with a nice lunch.  If you can, try to eat lunch outside or sit by a window and get some natural light. Stepping away from your workspace gives you that much needed separation from your work, letting your body know it’s time to relax.

Strive for balance.

Work well, work efficiently and stop at a pre-determined time. If you push yourself too hard one day, you won’t be as effective the next. Work-life balance is so important for you to enjoy your work and personal life.

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What about you? How do you stay on track when you work from home?  Share your tips in the comments below.

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