How to be more productive working from home

At the moment, a lot of people will find themselves working from home due to restrictions on leaving your home. For many of you, this will be the first time that you’ve had to work remotely, so it’s understandable if you’re struggling. In normal circumstances, many people like the idea of working from home for flexibility, but it can be difficult when you’re just starting your career or are told that you have to.

During my time working from home, I’ve developed a few ways that I can make myself feel a bit better when working from there that you can try too!

Plant pots on work space
Make yourself a tidy, bright workspace – plant pot is from Pots Of Love

Get up as if you are going to the office even if you’re working at home

When your commute is to your kitchen table, it can be hard to motivate yourself to get up early and get yourself ready for the day. But doing this is really important to make you feel more awake and ready to work.

Make sure you stay in a routine by waking up at the same time each day, having a shower and eating breakfast. By getting ready like you would for a normal working day, it could help to increase your motivation and productivity levels.

Go out for a walk at lunch

The difficult part about working from home is that you can keep yourself confined to your house all day. This can lead to poor concentration and can affect your mental health over time.

Some ways to make sure you get out are:

  • Wake up earlier and go for a walk before starting your tasks
  • Head out late morning or early afternoon to a cafe and get a coffee, you could even work there for a bit if your work allow it
  • Go for a walk after you’ve eaten lunch, which can also help with digestion
Working at a cafe with coffee
Working in a café can mix up your routine too

Create a tidy work space when working from home

When working from home it can be tempting to just work in bed or on the sofa, but this could, again, impact on your productivity.

Make yourself a work space where you’d be happy to sit for most of the day getting on with your work. Some ways that you could make your desk organised and brighter are:

  • Having a plant
  • Putting up a desk calendar
  • Having a nice photo or picture on it

Plan calls during the day

Another element that you miss out on by working from home is being social with colleagues. To combat this, try arranging some calls for internal tasks so you can still get that interaction rather than just emailing all day.

The world will have adapted to working from home, so asking your colleagues for a bit more communication when at home should be met with positivity.

It’s really important that you try your best to treat working from home the same as going into the office. Of course they are totally different but it’s key that you don’t let your surroundings affect your productivity levels.

What do you do to stay motivated when working from home? Leave a comment below to help others out!

This Post Has 17 Comments

    1. Maddie

      Thank you! It can have a lot of benefits, I’m sure you will at some times in your career!

  1. Coralle

    I used to work from home (I’m still hoping to do that again one day) and I found that if I lounged around in my pyjamas then I felt really lazy and uninspired. Getting dressed, going for a walk, planning your day properly; it all makes a huge difference. Great tips!

    Coralle x

    1. Maddie

      I do really enjoy working from home too! Yes definitely, it can make you feel so lazy can’t it. Thank you – I’m glad you think so!

  2. Deshilee

    I do all these! It’s really easy for me to feel trapped in the house when I have no reason to go anywhere since I work from home as well as go to school online. Great tips.

    1. Maddie

      That’s a shame! It’s difficult to feel positive if you don’t get out much during the day. Thank you!

  3. These are such great tips! I work in an office but I do all of my blog work at home and I always find it difficult to focus I get distracted waaay to easy I will need to give some of these tips a try! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Maddie

      Thank you, I’m glad you like these tips! I hope they can help you to be less distracted, but it is definitely a struggle!

  4. Corinne

    I agree, treating your work space like an “office” gets you in the right mindset to work. Treating it like a business gives you the motivation to get stuff done.

    1. Maddie

      Definitely, if you just sit on the sofa you can feel so demotivated! I agree!

  5. Great tips Maddie! I’ve been working at home freelancing for the last year and found it very hard and lonely. I found making my desk a zen area and treat it like an office desk to be a good way to stay motivated.

    1. Maddie

      Thank you! I think that’s the best plan really, treating your home working exactly like being in an office!

  6. steffs_journey

    I had to work from home for a while when I injured my knee, it was a great relief that I had the opportunity to do so, but it is very hard to get motivated! Especially when there’s housework looking at you all day, I found it very easy to get distracted. However, having a routing is a deifinite must when working from home! x

    1. Maddie

      I totally agree about the housework! It can be a big distraction. Thanks for your comment xx

  7. This are all great tips! I have the option to work from home, but I prefer going into the office for the structure and to be able to see people.

  8. Anna

    These are amazing tips, thank you for sharing them I feel like we all needed these right now! I keep our wedding picture on my desk with a frame I got for Christmas!

    1. Maddie

      Thank you very much ☺️ ahh that’s a great idea!

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