Five Tricks to Stay Motivated When Working at Home

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Have a dedicated office space

Some of the most productive remote workers are the ones that have a dedicated office space in their home that they go to each morning. The ones that tend to easily lose motivation are the workers that open their laptop, plop down on the couch and think they can work with life going on around them. "You have to have an organized space in your home so that you can work in that space with limited distractions," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half International.

Hand in hand with having a dedicated office is setting boundaries for when family members can enter the office. If you want to keep your office void of distractions, close your door during work hours, get rid of any toys or entertainment that will lure the kids or roommates, and establish rules of engagement during work hours.

Staying motivated at work can be hard but for remote employees it can be downright impossible. Unlike an office environment, at home there are a ton of temptations and distractions that can easily sap your productivity and your career trajectory.

"Working from home is essentially an independent way of working. Even if you have managers and coworkers to be accountable to, you're still responsible for motivating yourself," says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. "And because our houses have all sorts of distractions (I'll just throw in one load of laundry, or do these dishes quickly), it can be hard to stay motivated."

But you don't have to let it hurt your career. There are ways to keep your motivation and productivity high. Donna Fuscaldo, writing for, indentifies five tricks for staying motivated when working at home.


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