Increasingly, professionals nationwide have taken to working out of their home, as new technology has enabled workers to get the job done from nearly any location. Meetings can now take place via the internet, whether through instant messaging or video conference. As well documents no longer need to be submitted by hand, as email delivery is now the preferred mode.
However, with increased media comes increased opportunities for distraction. If you're free to work from home, without the bosses supervision, you may be tempted to perhaps waste precious time wandering the internet instead of doing necessary research. Even worse, being stuck at home and not confined to a desk or cubicle may lead to distractions in the real world that will get in the way of your workload.
Because of this, if you decide to work from home, be sure that you have a designated space that is designed to promote optimal concentration to ensure you are earning your paycheck. A separate office or study may be necessary in some professions, which require the space to be as professional and distraction free as a traditional office outside of your residence.
These spaces should be warm and comfortable, using darker tones as a color scheme with adequate but comfortably subdued lighting to create an atmosphere that is relaxing while you tackle potentially stressful projects.
To not distract you from the world outside, velvet blackout curtains can seal you into a space making sure your eyes don't wander. This will also ensure that all light will be focused on the task at hand, and that you won't be tempted to abandon a project because the weather outside is calling to you.
You want to truly earn your keep, so be sure to separate your professional and domestic self when merging work and home.