9 Tips to Stay Productive while working from Home

Many people have the misconception that working from home is a lazy man’s job. This couldn’t be more untrue! Working from home requires just as much discipline as being in an office environment. 

Though you may be excited to work from home, it can be a challenge to remain productive. You’re wearing your comfort clothes and lying on the couch. While you are working from home, your house is full of distractions like TV, the internet, and other household chores.

List of 9 effective tips for staying productive while working from home

Tips to Stay Productive while working from Home

The following are some tips for remaining productive while working from home: 

1. Get Up Early

You have an advantage over everyone else when you’re up to the sun while they are still sleeping. If you get up early enough, you can start your work earlier than most people.

Starting your work at least an hour earlier than everyone else allows you to put in more time without feeling pressured if you have tasks that require a few hours of labor.

2. Relax Your Mind and Body.

Being productive is not just about working hard but resting properly too. When you relax your mind and body, it is earlier and ends it at a reasonable time without letting work interfere with your private life. Working in the mornings is best since you won’t have problems with commuting to and from work. You will also begin your day with a positive attitude because you can clear your mind of the previous evening’s activities before being occupied once again by other things.

3. Have a good chair (Ergonomic chair)

Sitting at a desk all day can really take its toll on you. I know this from experience as it has happened to me before and led to many sleepless nights of pain. Thankfully, there are great tools that exist now like ergonomic chairs which have created some relief for people with the same problem.

Ergonomic chairs are excellent for people who work at home. A good office chair will support you as you sit through hours of concentrated typing or screen time while also keeping your back straight so that it doesn’t slouch forward.

This way, there’s less strain placed on the spine when sitting upright for too long because gravity isn’t pulling down onto vertebrae from behind and compressing them together.

They can alleviate neck and arm pain, which is often a side effect of working in an office or computer all day long without taking enough breaks to stretch out your muscles. Gaming chairs are more comfortable compared to normal chairs and gaming chairs are good for your back also.

4. Create a Dedicated Workspace

It’s important to have a dedicated workspace when working from home. If you don’t have a spare room, create a space in your living room or kitchen that is just for work. This will help you get into the right mindset when it’s time to start working.

5. Get Dressed for Work

You may be tempted to work in your PJs but getting dressed for work will help you feel more professional and productive. Even if you’re just putting on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, getting out of your pajamas will help you get into work mode.

6. Tackle Difficult Tasks First

It can be tempting to start your day with the easy tasks but it’s better to get the hard stuff out of the way first. Once you’ve knocked out the big projects, you’ll feel more accomplished and motivated to power through the smaller tasks.

7. Set Goals

Before you start working, take a few minutes to set some goals for the day. What do you want to achieve? Having specific goals in mind will help you stay focused and on track.

8. Take breaks when you need them

Working for an extended period of time when you’re low on energy will leave you feeling even more drained. If your body is telling you that it’s lunchtime or the end of a shift, then listen. Taking breaks regularly will offer mental relief from long work hours and help recharge those brain cells so they are ready for more.

You will find that the best employees work for 50 minutes and take a 10-minute break. They understand what it means to keep their concentration levels high, which is why they are considered some of the top performers in any company. So, get up and move around every hour and do some basic stretching exercises as well which help to improve concentration and enhance your creativity.

9. Work during your most energetic hours

Work during your most energetic hours. Some of us are morning people while others work better at night. Find out when you’re most alert and try to schedule your tasks accordingly.

For example, if you feel more energized in the mornings then wake up earlier in order to take care of tasks that require more mental focus. I wasn’t a morning geek but I forced myself to get up early in the morning and guess what it didn’t work for me and now I work at night.

Pro tip:   Avoid comparing your work to others’ expectations. Comparing yourself with other people, especially those who are in a different stage of life or have chosen a different career path than you is not helpful and can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.

10. Set a separate time for email

A study has found that, on average, people check their email every 6 minutes

Unless your work requires you to be on email 24/7, designate times when you’ll check it. If your inbox is constantly up and in view any new message can cause a distraction so that time spent checking will not only extend the amount of time needed for tasks but also disrupt focus by pulling attention away from what was originally being done.

Checking emails should ideally happen at set intervals rather than randomly throughout the day because doing this may help reduce distractions during your working hours.
And it is important to designate times in which you will not access the inbox and allow yourself periods of uninterrupted time for tasks that require focus or creativity.

It may take a little discipline at first but soon enough this habit becomes second nature–you won’t even notice how much more productive you are!

11. Create a schedule and stick with it

Don’t live by the clock, but it’s wise to create a schedule for yourself. If you want to get work done and feel productive, then a little structure can go a long way in keeping you focused on your daily tasks.

There are plenty of online tools that will help you schedule your day (Google Calendar is one example).

You don’t have to schedule every hour of your day, but scheduling a few key hours each day can get you on track for the rest of it.

You may have heard the sentence “begin with the end in mind” when planning what you’re going to accomplish, make sure that it’s backed by your goals and objectives.

What kind of schedule should you create? One with deadlines, one without? Perhaps a hybrid between the two? The answer is simple: You should create whatever schedule will help you stay focused on your work.

Tim Ferris outlines some other tips for staying productive while working from home in this article on LifeHacker

Conclusion

We hope you find these tips helpful and that they can help you take advantage of your new routine. Test a few out, and if they work for you, give yourself permission to move forward with them. 

Remember to experiment with different tactics until you find what works best for YOU because everyone has their own routine and style of working.
You might find yourself working from home just as productive as in the office! Good luck on your journey away from the nine-to-five grind!

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