I'm working from home today. It's one of the big perks of my new job, and even though I can't do it all the time, I am so grateful for when I can. A few friends have told me that they just can't work from home; they get too distracted by other things around them. With my experience freelancing, blogging, and now actually working from home, I think that there are a few crucial things to have in order to make working from home easier and more productive.
A To-Do List/Get Shit Done List
This is vital to me for basically everything so it's no different when I am working from home. It helps me prioritize my tasks and stay on track. When I am at home, I usually get more things done - I can typically conquer a to-do list since there are no meetings to worry about.
I know a lot of people who try to work from their bed or from their couch. While this may work for some people, it doesn't usually work for me. Why? My bed is for sleeping and my couch is for reading or just watching TV. That's what those spots are for and that's what I want to do when I'm in either of those locations. My desk, on the other hand, is for blogging, writing, and working. It's where I go to get things done. Having this designated workspace really helps me from getting distracted.
A Comfortable Desk Chair
This may not always mean it's the most stylish, but it's better to sacrifice looks in favor of a chair that's going to keep your back happy. Look for a chair with ergonomic adjustments so that you can adjust the chair to best suit you. Chair height, arm height, and lumbar support are three of the most important features for a desk chair - especially when you plan to be sitting in it for quite some time.