How To Be More Productive When Working From Home

How To Be More Productive When Working From Home

I found this on Flickr when searching “work at home,” so of course I had to include it.

Being able to work at home for the past two months so far has been great. I’m able to run my business entirely from my laptop.

It’s nice being able to make my own schedule and save on commuting costs. I also get to save time because I don’t have to commute.

Even though it sounds like a breeze to work from your home, sometimes your productively can decrease.

Here are my tips to increase your productively when working from home.

Have a good schedule.

Working from home is still WORK. Many people try to tell me otherwise, and it’s simply just not true. When working from home, there is a lot of flexibility, but sometimes that can be a self-employed person’s downfall.

Even though I can create my own schedule, I still find myself having a similar schedule each and every day. I prefer to work for a few hours very early in the morning (starting at around 5 a.m.) and then continuing later at night at around 8 p.m. This way I can do other things during the day.

You need to know when you work best. If you are not a morning person and you know for a fact that you could never get anything done, then maybe you should try to find a way to work during the night.

However, if your business requires you to interact with clients, you should try to make a schedule that fits your average customer best. If they are all on a different timezone, then you may want to adjust your schedule to something similar to theirs.

Have a designated office for yourself.

One thing that I still have not completed is making an awesome home office. We do have an office, but it’s not something that I particularly enjoy working in because it’s very boring and doesn’t motivate me to want to work.

Let others know that you are working. 

Like I said earlier, when you tell people that you work from home, some tend to think that you are on a vacation. Of course you still love all of these wonderful people who just want to see you 🙂 , but you are still working.

I have heard of others who are constantly asked to run errands, watch children of others and so on because working from home to others may seem like you are taking the day off.

Take a break.

Sometimes I force myself to work but I never get anything done. Every now and then, you need a break. TAKE A BREAK!

Get rid of those time-suckers.

Working from home can make it very easy to procrastinate by grabbing something to eat, watch TV, and even to CLEAN. Maybe you are addicted to Facebook or some other social media website and you waste a lot of your time on there.

Leave your house every now and again.

Even though you are working from home, you do need to get out every now and then. You might have to switch up your workplace if working from home 24/7 is not working for you.

There are public workplaces, coffee shops, parks and so on.

Do you work from home? How do you try to be more productive?



How To Be More Productive When Working From Home — 35 Comments

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  2. For me, leaving really is the key to getting productive — away from stress snacking, cleaning that I convince myself has to be done, “power” naps, and the dog. Since it’s during the day, libraries are really great for this.

  3. I don’t work from home that often but would like to do it full-time one day. I think having a schedule is important. I noticed on some of my PTO days where I wanted to get some writing done I ended up cleaning, going through stuff I put off, and running errands instead of actually writing. If I would have forced myself to write first I would have been able to get it done. I guess priorities is important as well.

  4. Great tips! I am not self-employed yet, but I hope to be in the future! This is one thing that I have thought of, that it would be a little more challenging to stay on task sometimes. Thanks for the advice in this regard!

  5. I do a lot of my blogging and social media work from home. I’m actually more productive here because I am able to put myself in a comfy spot and get things done! Plus, it’s nice to know that when I’m work-free, I can get up from my office and head to the kitchen or living room for some relaxation time!

  6. Great tips! I’ve been doing pretty poorly with this the last couple of weeks. I think I might need to stick with a better schedule and get out of the house more. I don’t have space for a dedicated office so that makes it way harder at home.

  7. Thanks for the useful tips, very recommended. As difficult as it may be, it is critical that you are able to set boundaries with your loved ones. By doing this, they will understand that even if you are at home, you are also working at the same time.

  8. There is no recipe that works for everybody. You do need a schedule, you do need to WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING you have to do (otherwise you’ll forget) and understand that work is work even if from your home office. I’ve been successfully working from home in the past 4 years (traveling for 20 months, too) and it’s the best thing I was able to do in my life. Yes, it works and yes, if you like it, it will change your life for the better.

  9. I have been working from home for about 10 months now and I agree that these are all great tips. The first thing I had to do was create a home office that I could work out of to be able to limit my distractions. I also have a buddy who has a “real” office that I work out of once a week to mix things up.

  10. Great tips. I don’t work from home, yet, but I have set up a home office in one of our spare bedrooms to motivate me to work harder on my side projects. Lately, however, I find there are too many distractions, namely the Internet. Once I start reading different sites and blogs, I can’t stop. I think I need to make a deal with myself that no more Internet until I’ve done at least an hour or so of solid writing, and use a timer to limit my Internet time to 15 minutes at a time.

  11. With the holidays and having so much PTO from my “real” job, I’ve found that not having a strict schedule has completely messed up my productivity when it comes to my “second” job (blogging and freelancing). I didn’t realize how much a set schedule helped me accomplish! It’s definitely a great lesson learned for when I eventually switch to full-time self-employment. I am looking forward to the flexibility of creating my own schedule, though – right now I have to work around my day job, which kind of stinks.

  12. Getting out of the house is key.

    If you’re not already a member, make sure you join some social organizations to keep your social circles growing. If you can find professional organizations to join, all the better.

    Check Meetup for blogger meetups near you. If there aren’t any, start one. It can be focused on socializing, techniques, just writing in a group setting, or whatever you want.

  13. When I was in university I couldn’t get anything done at home. I needed to be alone and away from distractions like cleaning/laundry/cooking. I need to study/work at a library or even a coffee shop, alone and away from annoyances!

  14. How do I try to be more productive? Well, it seems to me that the very first thing is scheduling. Internet can easily steal lots of your time if you can’t control it. So, do control it. Make your own work schedule and stick to it. I mean, you can choose working in the morning, or in the evening, you can and must set time for breaks, you should organize yourself if you want to get serious results from your home job.
    Another thing, that I use to be more productive, is organizing your desktop in my browser. I’ve put there only those sites, I constantly work with. Each site’s thumbnail has its own place, they are categorized even in rows and columns. I prefer not to put more than 40 thumbnails on my desktop in order not to get it clumsy. All that is left I put in bookmarks, which are put in appropriate folders, too.
    Hope this helps!

  15. I don’t work from home but several of these tips would even be good for me for getting things done during my time off, specifically, getting rid of distractions. 🙂

  16. Since my kids go to daycare from 9-5, I HAVE to work during that time. So that kind’ve forces me to keep a regular schedule. I usually quit by 3 or 4 though, and do a load of laundry and start dinner!

  17. Something I just started doing to bring more traffic to my blog was order a bunch of business cards to add to the orders I ship out from the small business I am starting on the side. It was only 20$ from 500 of them and it is easy to just throw them in the packages. Hopefully just to get the word out to someone who wouldn’t of known other wise.

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