How to Stay Productive When Working from Home

Oct 06, 2016

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When working from home it can be more difficult to stay focused than in a traditional office setting, but you can use the added freedom to your advantage in order to work more efficiently and get more done. Of course a standing desk is one of the best productivity and health hacks you can have, but you knew that right! Here are some other top tips...

1. Prioritize your work

Make a list at the beginning of each week of what you plan to accomplish and prioritize it based on importance and timeline. Then, you'll want to do the same exercise each morning for your day. This will make sure you start off knowing exactly what you need to accomplish and it will help you stay on task.

2. Stop Surfing!

It can be easy to get off schedule as you start aimlessly browsing the internet. Staying on task will help make sure you accomplish your list for the day.

3. Try working out

If you start your day off by exercising in the morning your body will be more alert and ready to take on the day. It will help clear your mind and let you focus. You can even stay active at work too.

4. Limit distractions

The less there is to distract you, the more easily you'll be able to focus on your work. Make sure you have a dedicated workspace if possible that puts your mind in "working mode."

5. Cut out social media

Don't let your friend's adorable kids or an old acquaintance 's political view get you off track. Social media almost never leads to anything productive, but almost always leads to a waste of time. If you're absolutely addicted and can't get away, set goals for tasks you need to accomplish before you let yourself check your social accounts.

6. Take breaks

This may sound counter-intuitive, but not allowing yourself to take breaks wears you out and deceases your overall productivity. By taking regularly scheduled breaks you'll be able to jump back into your work with a clear mind and fresh thinking adding to your productivity.

It may seem more difficult to stay focused while you work from home and it certainly isn't for everyone, but for those willing to commit it can be more productive than working in an office environment. You won't have the built-in guilt of slacking off while your co-workers are working, but as long as you stay focused and make sure you accomplish your goals, you can get your work done and probably even more than you'd get done at the office.