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10 Tips That Make Working From Home So Much Better

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Use Household Chores as Mini Breaks

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One of the perks (or pitfalls?) of working at home is you always have a few minutes to tackle those chores. antonio arcos aka fotonstudio ph/Getty Images

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Let's be honest, when you are stuck on a frustrating work problem, bored with an assignment or procrastinating a deadline, just about anything qualifies as a distraction. This is where working from home can get downright dangerous. With a project deadline looming, you might feel it's the perfect time to reorganize your vacation photos from the past 10 years. Instead of finishing a financial report, you might decide to iron all of your daughter's doll clothes.

The smarter tactic is to recognize the human need for a quick break and pair it with a household chore that can be finished in 10 minutes or less. Before you sit down to work for the day, make a list of a few quick chores that need to get done: two loads of laundry, washing and chopping vegetables for dinner, dusting and vacuuming the basement, etc. When you need to stand up and get your blood moving, check off a chore from the list then get back to work.

Grant yourself some bonus points for taking that chore list outside. Maybe weed the garden for 15 minutes, or mow just the front lawn. It not only crosses more tasks of your to-do list, but it can help rest your eyes after staring at a screen all day.

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