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Chapter 20. Get a Job—and Keep It > Make a Difference - Pg. 217

Get a Job--and Keep It At first, working from home can seem like Paradise Island ... Like tourists on a holiday, many people working from home start out living it up, indulging in whatever they want to do, but by the end of a few weeks, they realize that if they don't get down to work, they won't have any work. --from Working from Home, 5th Ed., by Paul and Sarah Edwards 217 · Remember that just because something is urgent doesn't mean it's important. Try to set up your workflow and organizational systems in a way that will minimize the need to put out fires and will allow you time to focus on what's important. · Don't work around the clock. You might be tempted to because your office is right un-der your nose, but if you overdose on work, you'll become less productive. When your workday is done, close the door (or if your workspace is part of a room in which you also live, find some way to close off the area). No matter which productivity tips end up working for you when you work from home, the most im- portant thing to remember above all else is to work in a way that fits your style of doing things. You are, more than likely, working from home at least in part because you want some freedom from the constraints of a traditional office environment. You may want autonomy over how you dress, the hours of your workday, whether the radio is on, or other factors. As you struggle with the self- discipline challenges of working at home, keep in mind that you don't have to conform to any one notion of how someone should conduct business at home. As long as you use common sense (such as not having the radio or television blasting when you're on a business phone call), you can work to your own drummer. Doing so will make you more productive in the long run. Make a Difference Employers don't hire people just to fill up square footage in the office (or wherever the work takes