Open laptop with office plantsSome of you may have found yourselves working from home lately, and employment may start to look a little different in the future. As more and more of us work from home or consider careers that allow us that option, we have to learn to adapt to our changing environment. We're sharing 4 tips to help you succeed while working from home.

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4 Tips for Working from Home

May 7, 2020

Open Laptop with office plantsMany people are interested in working from home and today, we're sharing 4 tips to help you succeed!

  1. Work from your home office. If you can, designate one room where you'll do your work. Try not to do anything else in that room. If you don't have the extra space, set up a desk or table that's dedicated to work.
  2. Create a morning routine. It may be tempting to sleep in and stay in your pajamas all day, but believe it or not, doing this gets old after a while. A morning routine will help you prepare for work and set you on the path to a productive day.
  3. Keep a schedule. It's important to maintain boundaries between your work and home life. If you have a home office, shut that door at the end of the day. Close your computer and walk away. Decompressing after work can be difficult when you're at home, but setting a schedule helps you maintain that boundary so you can switch your attention from work to home.
  4. Stay connected. You may take advantage of videoconferencing to stay connected at work. It may feel strange at first, but with a little practice, you'll get used to interacting with your colleagues this way.

There's plenty of advice about working from home out there. You can do a quick internet search if you'd like more ideas, or look at Make Working from Home Work for You.

How can the Ticket to Work program help?

WISE up about working from home

Join us for this month's Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, Working from Home with Ticket to Work, on May 27 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET. We'll share more tips to help you succeed working from home, how Ticket program service providers can help, and you'll hear from Lori, who is featured in one of our success stories, about how working from home works for her.

Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) and want to work. Through this free and voluntary program, eligible participants can work with service providers to receive the supports and services they need to find and maintain employment as they move toward financial independence through work.

Ticket program service providers — Employment Networks (EN) and state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies — can help you determine if working from home would be a good fit for you. They can help identify work from home opportunities and polish your resume for those positions. If you're already working with an EN or VR agency, and you've started a remote position, your service provider can help you ease into that new role.

To learn how the Ticket program can help you explore working from home, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

To learn how the Ticket program can help you explore working from home, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

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