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Four Tricks to Stay Productive While Working from Home

Apr 6th, 2020

by Alec Lower

Staying productive at home can be a challenge, but it's not impossible.

Four Tricks to Stay Productive While Working from Home

Staying productive at home can be a challenge.

by Alec Lower

Working remotely certainly has its advantages, but it has its share of challenges. Maintaining productivity can be hard amidst all the distractions your home provides. Hopefully these tips can help.

Get dressed

When you’re working from home, it’s far too easy to simply roll out of bed, grab your computer, and groggily begin reading your emails. Starting your day that way, though, may be hurting your productivity during the morning.

For some, going through a morning routine as if you were going to work can help you start the day with as much productivity as you would in the office. Shower, put on nice clothes, comb your hair, and do whatever else is part of your morning routine. You might be surprised at the difference it makes.

Be clear about your working hours

Without a commute to bookend your day, your working hours are normally pretty clear. With that out of the equation, It’s important to keep your working hours clear to you and your family. While you may be at home, you’re still “at work”, so make an effort to separate your workday from after work and don’t let them bleed into each other.

Make sure your family knows that from nine to five, you are working, and the majority of your time will need to be devoted to your job. Also, make you sure you know that too so you aren’t tempted to quickly fix the leaky faucet or something.

Consider strategies to be more productive

If you find yourself distracted frequently while trying to work from home, there are some productivity “hacks”, if you will, that can help jumpstart and maintain a productive workday. The Pomodoro Technique is a personal favorite of many and is proven to help keep you focused by minimizing and organizing distractions instead of eliminating them entirely.

Check out the Pomodoro Technique and other tricks that can help your productivity while working from home.

Minimize distractions

Minimizing distractions is easier said than done, no doubt. Everybody knows it is a good idea, but not everyone is great at actually doing so. Depending on what you’re typically distracted by, you can try and eliminate them entirely, or you accept that they’re going to happen and try and minimize them.

If you’re a social media guy or gal, try simply logging out of your accounts. That extra barrier should help deter you from checking your feeds every couple of minutes. For some, small distractions can actually be a good thing. Some people benefit from turning their brain off for a minute and then refocusing. If this is you, take a minute every so often to distract yourself. Maybe do go work on that leaky faucet for five minutes every hour. Make sure you structure your time though, or five minutes will become 20 minutes.

Alec Lower
Alec Lower
Social Media and Content Specialist
After graduating from NC State, I joined Second Nature in the summer of 2018. I have always loved writing and enjoy blogging on subjects that are important to families and homeowners. Outside of work, I love to fish and am a huge college sports fan.