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64 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2020 A few months ago, when the COVID-19 out- break first started to impact how we all live and work, I wrote a column titled "Working From Home—5 Tips for Newbies" with my recommendations for being more successful while working from home. Having worked out of my own home now for 17 years, I've discovered a few things along the way, and my hope was that my experiences might be helpful for others. Five Tips Now that a few months have gone by, and working from home is becoming the new norm, let's review these recommendations again and see how everyone is doing. Here's an abbrevi- ated recap of my five tips for working success- fully from home. Working From Home: The Benefits and Rewards 1. Set an Alarm One of the biggest traps that can derail an attempt to work from home is failing to keep to a regular schedule. It becomes easier and easier to sleep in, and soon, your 9-to-5 workday has turned into 12-to-8, leaving you feeling more exhausted than before. To maximize your pro- ductivity, set your alarm, get up, get dressed, and jump into your regular workday schedule. 2. Build a Nest If possible, set up a spot in your home that you can designate as an office area (Figure 1). Not only will it signal to everyone else in the house that you are "at work," but you will also be able to step right into your work without having to first search for a quiet corner of the house. Tim's Takeaways Feature Column by Tim Haag, FIRST PAGE SAGE Figure 1: My office setup.

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