Productivity Tip: How to Be Productive When Working from Home

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Want to bump up your productivity levels?

Today’s post has a few tips to help you be more productive and get things done when working from home.

Establish regular work hours.

It’s important to have regular work hours in place so you can actually sit down and do your work! If you don’t have regular work hours, pull out your calendar and mark out specific times you will work each and every day. Don’t forget to include both starting and ending times! Make a clear distinction as to when you are working and when you are not.

Set specific days and times for household chores.

One of the pitfalls of working from home is the temptation to tackle household chores. As you walk through your house you might think, “I’m home…oh, the floor needs scrubbing,” or “I really could do a load of laundry.” Instead of jumping on every chore, carve out specific days and times to complete household tasks. You could have a full or half day devoted to chores or spread them out throughout the week (hint: your chores shouldn’t overlap your work schedule).

Nix distractions.

Working requires careful concentration, whether at home or the office. Take a moment to identify potential distractions at home and how you can minimize them.

Here’s a few examples to get you started:

  • Close out your email, social media networks and internet browsers
  • Turn off the TV and/or radio
  • Set your land line and cell phone to go directly to voice mail
  • Communicate with others in your household that you are not to be bothered unless it is an absolute emergency (say for example, if your house is on fire!). If you have young children in the house, you may want to hire a babysitter to watch them so you can focus on your work.
  • Corral and care for pets ahead of time. Feed, water and walk your pets before working and corral them in a separate room or area of the house.
  • Remove non-work items from your work area such as reading materials, clothing, or anything else that might distract you from working.

Take your full lunch hour.

Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you should keep working straight through the day. Devote your lunch hour to yourself. Have lunch and do something you enjoy doing, read, listen to music, watch your favorite TV program or call a friend. Don’t eat at your desk or workspace and refrain from doing chores. Remember, this is the time you need to rest and recharge so you can get back to work refreshed.

Now to you…do you work from home? What tips will you use to help increase your productivity? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!


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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.
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