173 Tips For A Quality Life While Working From Home

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My office and outlook (I wish!)

Eighteen months ago, I left the 9-5 ( more like 8 – 8 ) and I’ve been working from home.

Working at home can have its ups and downs, so the best thing to do is to develop good habits, ways and an attitude in which to live a better, quality of life.

Go through these tips that I have been collating over the past few months and hopefully some will help you improve your quality in your life, while working from home.

1. Turn on the answering machine to avoid always getting up to answer the phone

2. Put your cell phone on silent mode to avoid being interrupted

3. You can also choose to turn off email alerts

4. Put a sign on your door, “Don’t Disturb”, so you are not disturbed

5. Don’t ever skip meals

6. Learn how to prepare easy-to cook but nutritious meals

7. Don’t forget your liquids, drink 8-10 glasses a day

8. Outsource if business tasks are overwhelming

9. Do breathing exercises when stressed out

10. Exercise regularly

11.  Don’t sit for hours on end – stretch every few hours

12.  Always maintain good sitting position when at the PC

13.  Clean your work station or work area

14.  Organize your work area

15.  Try to multi-task to get more work done

16.  Eat fruits, they cleanse the body

17.  Share household chores with family members

18.  Hire household help if finances would allow it

19.  Spend quality time with your family

20.  Find time to tuck your children in bed

21.  Read your children bedtime stories

22.  Set short-term goals because they can be achieved more easily and give you a confidence boost

23.  Know your priorities

24.  Reward yourself once in a while by taking a day off

25.  List things you want done for the day in order of priority and make sure they’re done

26.  Smile rather than frown

27.  Have a journal or a diary

28.  Set an alarm to avoid forgetting schedules or appointments

29.  Set breaks for the day and be sure to take them

30.  Get out of the house at least once a day

31.  Have a daily schedule and follow it

32.  Go for a walk (and take your dog if you have one!)

33.  Ride your bike

34.  Get in touch with your family often

35.  Don’t forget your friends

36.  Focus your mind on things that last like relationships, family and friends

37.  Don’t go on pleasing everyone, you can’t please everybody

38.  Laugh

39.  Recognize your dream and follow it

40.  Be optimistic

41.  Compliment three people everyday

42.  Be honest

43.  Live for the present, the past is already past and let the future worry for itself

44.  Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today

45.  Live everyday like it’s your last

46.  Put your best in everything you do

47.  Never tire of doing good

48.  Do everything without complaining or arguing

49.  Stop worrying

50.  Life is a journey, enjoy it

51.  Every moment is a teachable moment

52.  You can learn something from someone no matter how high or lowly that person is

53.  Practice meditation

54.  Be watchful of opportunities and grab them

55.  Understand others

56.  Develop healthy lifestyle habits

57.  Just live a simple life

58.  Get enough sleep

59.  Limit caffeine intake, caffeine keeps you from experiencing restful sleep

60.  Always think that you can do anything and that nothing is hard

61.  Don’t always say yes and learn to say no

62.  Read a good book

63.  Assert yourself and your ideas if need be

64.  Don’t just wait for things to happen but make things happen

65.  Don’t give up easily

66.  Try and try until you succeed

67.  Develop moral values

68.  Put love first in your heart

69.  Learn from your failures and don’t do it again

70.  If you can stretch out a helping hand, do so

71.  Don’t think that you’re better than others

72.  Listen to music

73.  Don’t watch too much television

74.  Treat yourself to a bubble bath

75.  Get a massage

76.  Maintain a garden

77.  Eat a balanced and healthy diet

78.  It is always better to give than to receive

79.  You give back, you don’t give up

80.  Learn to forgive and not be bitter

81.  Encourage discipline in yourself and also in others

82.  Do not turn on the computer if it’s not yet your time to work

83.  Eat meals with your family

84.  Do your housework first, then your job

85.  Always have a plan

86.  Take the time to listen

87.  Be dedicated

88.  Learn how to apologize

89.  Set a quiet time everyday for you to just sit in silence

90.  Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life

91.  Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up

92.  Be always willing to learn

93.  Always have patience

94.  Spend time with different ages of people

95.  Create a morning phrase like, “I want to make the most of today”

96.  It would be nice to be able to travel to places once in a while

97.  Do not be afraid to take risk

98.  Trust your own instinct

99.  Try new things

100. Get out of your comfort zone

101. Keep your promises

102. If you don’t have something good to say about a person then don’t talk

103. Accept criticism and learn from it

104. Never run out of passion

105. Always be ready for a surprise because life is full of surprises

106. Control your temper, control yourself

107. Learn to save for rainy days

108. Be environment friendly. Think green!

109. Money is not everything in life

110. Focus on happy moments in your life

111. Surround yourself with good friends

112. Set-up your very own working space at home to be able to concentrate better

113. Have a good, comfortable work chair

114. Let your family understand and respect your work area and your work schedule

115. If you have young kids, then sound canceling headphones might be a great idea

116. Strictly follow your work schedule

117. Always be cheerful

118. Create an environment in your workspace that is conducive for work

119. If you have school-age children, schedule your work when they are away

120. Always have a motivation

121. Get involved in extra-curricular activities

122. Join a group of people that have the same interests as you do

123. Think of realistic goals

124. Always know what your most important task is

125. Make adjustments in your work schedule when necessary

126. Manage time instead of letting time manage you

127. Arrangements of furniture in your work area should be in order

128. Everything that you need should be accessible

129. Do everything one step at a time and not all at once

130. Have time to pamper yourself

131. Use a laptop when necessary

132. Place plants in you work room or work area

133. Use caller ID to know which calls to avoid and which calls to take

134. Focus on work while on the internet and avoid logging in to other sites like Facebook or twitter

135. Review what you’ve accomplished for the day and adjust accordingly

136. Always keep a notepad and pen handy to be able to list ideas that come into your head

137. Be grateful that you’re working at home and not inside a cramped cubicle

138. Do the hardest work first

139. Not all your work needs to be perfect

140. Use technology for your advantage

141. If you have children, make sure to keep them occupied with educational toys for example

142. If both husband and wife work at home, then take turns. One can work and the other can watch over the children

143. Take care of your eyes, rest them if needed

144. Remove unnecessary things on your work desk

145. Make sure that your workplace looks attractive

146. Place a whiteboard on your work area

147. Have a calendar in your work area

148. Get yourself a mentor

149. Don’t give up easily

150. Learn to always move forward

151. Don’t think of doing work, think of it as doing what you really like

152. Train your kids to fix their things or their mess

153. Delegate household chores to other family members

154. Start early as they say, the early bird gets the early worm

155. Be ready for black-outs, have an extra battery pack or purchase a generator

156. Always maintain good posture

157. Always make sure that there are healthy snacks available

158. Know when to stop

159. Organize your files

160. Be confident with yourself

161. Surround yourself with your achievements like a trophy, plaque of appreciation and medals

162. Be knowledgeable of relaxation techniques that you can use when stressed

163. Get a stress ball

164. Get an ergonomic keyboard

165. Do what you want and don’t do what you don’t want to do

166. Overcome frustration with a positive outlook in life

167. Overcome boredom by not forgetting your social life

168. Empower yourself

169. Familiarize yourself with your definition of success

170. Manage your finances well

171. Don’t be shy to ask for help

172. Go out of your way to say thanks

173. Finally, at the end of the day, don’t forget to say a little prayer

Over to you…what little tips would you add?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks.


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50 Responses to 173 Tips For A Quality Life While Working From Home

  1. Thomas Sinfield July 29, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Massive list Andrew! The biggest one for me is remembering to eat and drink. I get so caught up in working the my diet is significantly lacking on the days I am at home.

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm #


      Perhaps number 157 may help. Have them near where you work.

      And set a timer – remind yourself it is time to eat / drink!


      • Sandy Miller September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

        I have been working from home for 6 years. It’s always funny when people think it’s easy.
        My boss actually gets more work out of me at home than if I went to an office. Working at home makes it easy to lose track of time and your work is always here even on weekends and holidays.

        • Andrew May 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm #


          I think you are in the minority!

          Unless it is there own business most employees would not work that hard from home…would they?


    • chandan July 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

      Same thing happen to me Thomas. As long as I am going more involve in my sitting work, my diet is going less. I am not able eat much that I use to take before.

  2. Hesham July 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Good to start a day with your list Andrew, it will remind us all with what we have to do while working!

    Good list! I really can not add anything extra than it already has or then it will get more longer 🙂

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks, Hesham.

      Remembering them all is the difficult bit!


  3. etipz July 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Nice post.
    The most important thing is managing timer easonably.

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

      Don’t know if that is the MOST important but it is important!


  4. Jitin July 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    that’s very lengthy list and i think its very difficult to follow them all isn’t it.

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm #


      Many are very similar and over a period of time, they can become habits.


  5. Antonia July 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    #171 resonated with me today…”Ask for help.” A while ago I made a commitment to start asking for help more, not just in my freelance work but also in personal relationships, everyday tasks, obstacles of any kind. It’s really transformed my whole outlook. Now when I run into a wall the first thing I do is think, “Who can I ask for help? Where can I learn the skills I need?” I’m more efficient and productive, and I love the feeling of connecting with other people. I’ve always been happy to offer help, but for some reason asking for help takes a little more courage! Thanks for this timely reminder, Andrew!

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm #


      I think asking for help is a real strength. Too many feel they have to know ALL the answers themeselves.


  6. Latief July 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    All make sense Andrew, Life is a journey so we must enjoy every moment and having fun 😉

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm #


      very true!


  7. Jovit July 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Its a long list but everything are so true. Working from home can deprive you from your social life so make sure that you go out and hangout with people from time to time. I got a problem with #153 though. I live alone so there’s no one but myself to do the household chores.lol

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm #


      Perhaps you should hire someone to do the household chores!


  8. Dean Saliba July 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Some great tips, the one I need to pay attention to is the one about skipping meals. I get so engrossed that I normally miss breakfast and lunch and don’t eat until the evening.

    • Andrew July 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm #


      I can understand that. As I said to Thomas – perhaps have some healthy snacks nearby or set a timer to tell you to eat!


  9. Dee's Concerts and Events July 30, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    I learned a long time ago, that if I don’t treat my business like a business, it won’t treat itself like one.. as in NO income..

    I get up.. do whatever I like for the first hour or two of the day, and then get busy. Turn off the phone, don’t check email, etc.

    One thing that has helped me tremendously, is to make a list at the end of each day of what I want to accomplish the following day. If I wait until the beginning of the day to make a list, I tend to goof around and squander the day. But if I have a list ready when I get to my desk in the morning, then I just start checking off as I complete tasks..

    Hey! Congrats on leaving your 8 to 8 job. 🙂

    • Andrew July 31, 2010 at 6:46 am #


      Doing your work list for the next day is a great idea. I know it works for me.

      Leaving the 8 to 8 job was a hard decision but certainly no regrets.


  10. Luqman July 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Great collection on tips, going to work in an office can be stressful and costly for both employee and employer. Thanks to technology many of us have the option of working from home.

    • Andrew July 31, 2010 at 6:47 am #


      Working from home can also be pretty stressful – no guarantee of income, doing everything yourself…


  11. Steve Scott Site July 30, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Very nice list

    I am so used to 10 or 25 topic lists 173 just about blew me away. Very thorough though nothing hit me that you missed. You certainly two of the “secrets” that help me to stay focused exercise and outsourcing mundane tasks

    and a few like having a whiteboard that I never implemented..though I can already see why it would be useful,


    • Andrew July 31, 2010 at 6:48 am #


      The whiteboard has been an excellent investment for me.

      I use it everyday.

      I’m glad you liked the post.


  12. Dennis Edell July 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    1a. Turn down the answering machine. If you hear every message being left, they will all sound important. 😉

    • Andrew August 2, 2010 at 9:19 am #

      Good one, Dennis!


  13. Colleen August 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I think the most important item on the list is exercise. It is very easy to get caught up on the computer and neglect exercising.

  14. Gerlaine Talk August 1, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    This is awesome. Over the next few weeks I will be expounding on your 173 tips on my blog. The first one will post in the morning for me. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips.

    • Andrew August 2, 2010 at 9:19 am #


      I can see you have posted your first list – I’m glad my post has help (in a little way).


      • Gerlaine Talk August 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

        Yes, I will be posting many lists as a result of your post. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  15. Karen Megge August 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    Hey Andrew!

    Wow! Lots to chew on with this list. Number 23 and 25 are key for me. Knowing my priorities, listing them everyday and actually doing them in that order has been a thorn for me. I have a tendency to let other things distract me which, at the end of the day looking back, I really did not accomplish much. Your list made me think much about what my intentions and desires for incomeoptions.org was originally. Thanks for the fabulous post!

    • Andrew August 2, 2010 at 9:22 am #


      I’m glad the psot helped.

      I agree priorities are a must (for me anyway). I write my list down on my best investment ever – my white board!


  16. Jason August 2, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Exercise, that’s one of the most important task that’s missing with my daily routine. With all the work that’s piled up, I don’t think I have time for that, but I would really like to find time to have that done.

    With all the things you have listed here, I do think that you can compile all of the given idea and sell it as your own book Andrew 🙂

  17. Jun on Blogmaster August 2, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    Very good and direct to the point. I love it. I very much like number 122 (I like them all actually). This is the main reason why I started to blog. The good thing about blogging is that we meet a lot of different people with the same interest. It’s not only a venue for personal growth, but as a much better way to earn an income on your own pace.

    As a newbie, I still have lots to learn. It’s a big-o-wide world out there. What do you know, I’m keeping this list as my own personal bible, thanks to you.

    • Andrew August 2, 2010 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks Jun.

      Build a community with people with the same interests is a must.

      Have you joined any communities?


      • Jun on Blogmaster August 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

        Hello Andrew. Unfortunately none, as of this time, but why do I get the feeling that you are about to tell me?

  18. Matt August 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Ha-ha. Those are great!
    I still can’t deal with number 5 sometimes. Number 7 – I got it cover. My bottle is here :). The confidence boost in number 22 is very important to keep you going.
    I do not agree with all (for example if I live every day as last I would not be able to set goals and to invest), but most are great. Very nice post!

    • Andrew August 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm #


      Perhaps a few healthy snacks next to your bottle would work?


  19. Lavera Patwell August 3, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    Wow, great list. I just a little to long to try and implement it all at once so ill try and do a couple at a time. thanks

    • Andrew August 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm #


      That is a good approach. Implement a couple – make them good habits and move on to 2 more.


  20. sushie August 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Very great list! I love taking some breack when i work at home because working 24/24 hours in front of the computer is very tiring! I try to take one breack every two/three hours. Having a bottle near me is also very useful so we don’t need to go to the kitchen everytime.

    • Andrew August 5, 2010 at 7:30 am #


      I know I say have snacks / drinks nearby – for those who forget to take breaks.

      There is another argument…having to go to the kitchen makes you get away from the pc!


  21. Becca May 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    These are wonderful tips. It’s so important to take a time out to de-stress, exercise, breath and eat healthy. If you overstep your health, you get sick. And when you get sick, you have nothing. (It’s hard to get anything accomplished when you feel horrible. And then it was all for nothing).

    • Andrew May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm #


      Totally agree. It’s a shame more people don;t take notice and follow your advice.


  22. Julia January 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Pretty impressive list. Lots of good ideas there.I have been working from home for the last 13 years and I find that it can be very difficult to keep regular work hours — there is always more to do.

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