Five Tricks to Stay Motivated When Working at Home

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Create a regular routine

Humans are creatures of habit, which is why establishing a routine and sticking to it when you work at home is a great way to keep your motivation and productivity on overdrive. "We've found that people who establish a routine and establish checklists are very productive and motivated," says McDonald. That means getting up at the same time during the work week as if you were going to an office, having predetermined break times and blocking off times to get up from your desk every now and then. For some people, staying in their PJs all day works for them, while others will take a shower and get dressed before heading to their home office. Either is fine as long as it's part of the established routine.

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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