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8 Effective Ways to Stay Productive When Working From Home

Staying productive while working from home can be challenging, but it doesn't need to be.

woman with her children working from home
Ways To Stay Productive:
  • Staying Motivated
  • Don’t Work Next To Where You Sleep
  • Starve Your Distractions
  • Having A Fast Computer
  • Schedule Your Days And Weeks Out
  • Get Dressed
  • Create A “Rewards System”
  • Mix It Up

Working from home can be a great thing, but if you take advantage of it – it’ll take advantage of you. Anyone who has ever worked from home knows the biggest challenge is the constant attempt to stay productive.

1. Staying Motivated

There is nothing more important to being productive than staying motivated. At the end of the day, it comes down to this and this only.

It doesn’t matter if you do all of the external things like creating reward systems or keeping your workspace separate from your bedroom. Because if you don’t have your internal clock wound up, nothing you do externally will be enough for you.

[ Related: 11 Simple Tricks to Stay Motivated That Actually Work ]

2. Don’t Work Next To Where You Sleep

One of the benefits of leaving your home for work is getting to separate the two.

Psychologically, most of us get into “relax mode” when we’re in the comfort of our own home and, as a result, may become less productive. If you feel this is not you and have no problem sitting on your bed and, productively, working off your laptop, skip over this one.

Tip: Try setting up your workspace away from the bedroom.

3. Starve Your Distractions

When working from home, there is no one looking over your shoulder to keep you productive – this could be positive or negative if you’re not very good at setting aside your temptations.

A great exercise to practice is: pretend a parent or loved one is watching you when you are working at home. I know it sounds creepy, but I promise it works.

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden

4. Having A Fast Computer

Have you ever noticed what you do when a page or application is taking too long to load? If you’re like most people, you may look at your phone or get distracted doing something else while you wait.

Having a faster computer will not only keep you from getting distracted, but it will also make you more productive and efficient in the process.

Tip: Adding more RAM will make your computer load faster.

5. Schedule Your Days And Weeks Out

Along with time management skills, knowing how to plan your days and weeks out is an important piece of productivity. Every weekend you should plan the upcoming week out. Not so much what you’re going to do each day, but what do you want to be done by the week’s end?

And, at the end of each day, plan out the next. What time will you get up? Do you have a morning routine you follow? When will you start working? Take a look at your weekly goals and choose what you’re going to finish tomorrow? How much time will it take to complete and how many hours can you give?

6. Get Dressed

Working from home makes some of us want to stay in our comfortable pajamas all day – we get it. But, back to the psychology of it all – just by getting dressed sets the tone for how you feel, brings out more confidence and ultimately boosts productivity.

Present your best self and the best of you will come out.

Tip: Try getting dressed as if you were going into work with your colleagues. You know you’re home but your mind will think you’re at work – and that’s what you want.

7. Create A “Rewards System”

If you want to stay efficient, it’s important not to burn yourself out. Try creating a “rewards system” for yourself to stay productive and give yourself something to look forward to when working at home – this will help with procrastination and staying focused until you’re done.

Give yourself an incentive for doing a good job. So, if you finished everything for the day, maybe you turn on that new episode of Law & Order: SVU you’ve been wanting to watch.

8. Mix It Up

Set up shop at your local coffee house or public area (i.e college campus, park, etc) from time to time. It’s not only healthy for your mental wellness, but it’ll also stimulate productivity.