Having worked from home for almost 13 years, I get asked all the time how I do it. There seem to be two camps of people, those who think working from home is their dream and a ticket to–well–not actually working, or those who know they don’t have what it takes to stay disciplined and get the job done. For my family, working from home means I get to have a productive career that contributes financially to my family and I’m still here for my children and my husband when I need to be.
Working from home gives you more power and independence in your work schedule. It also lowers work-family conflict and increases job satisfaction, performance, turnover intent and role stress, according to a 2014 American Psychological Association study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. If you find it difficult to make your way to your computer and forgo your Netflix queue, though, a lack of discipline can create stress and get you in trouble with your employer.
Staying focused and accomplishing work you’re tasked with is essential to maintain a work-from-home role. Here are five ways to create a work sanctuary that makes you satisfied with both your professional and personal life.