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Having the luxury of working from home may sound blissful, but not necessarily productive if you do not have the right space and environment.

No rushing around in the morning. No train delays. And no one hovering over your desk as you try to work.

Working from home sounds like the perfect gig; that is until you find it impossible to concentrate and actually complete the work.

Research from Samsung and University of Leeds pinpoints housemates, housework, televisions and pets are amongst the main distractions faced by home-working professionals, with almost 40 per cent of the 2,000 polled also citing inadequate technology as a cause.

Similar to a ‘normal’ workspace and environment, you need to create a zone where you can work effectively within the home. While we have heard many success stories about businesses being set up on kitchen tables, it’s not exactly the best place to set up a work station.

Create a separate zone that is a clearly defined work space. Being able to leave this spot at a specific time each day allows you to clock off as you normally would each day.

As is advised in an office space, you need to move around every hour to keep your body and mind in check. Therefore you should have different zones for various activities, such as taking calls or to read something.

A clean and tidy space, according to the experts, leads to a more clear mind. Clutter can quickly become a distraction, and impact your mind. Add cupboards to hide away equipment such as printer, files and cables.

It can be hard to stay on track when you are working from home. Add some motivational artwork on your walls to kickstart your brain again.

One of the main advantages of working from home is the ability to use items that you are prohibited from at work. For example, you can use candles, music or fragrances to help you concentrate.

Try a few things to create the most productive work space in the home.