Five Tricks to Stay Motivated When Working at Home

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Get in the right mindset for work

Life happens, but chances are you are going to hear all about it as it's happening when you work from home. A great way to prevent life's distractions is to have weekly meetings with your partner to prevent the personal portions of life from impacting productivity during work hours, says Caputo. Cover all the home issues during those meetings so you won't be interrupted with questions during work hours, she says.

Working at home is hard so it's a good idea to cut yourself some slack as you figure it out. Nothing can be more demoralizing and thus productivity-sapping than beating yourself up because you didn't cross off everything on your checklist or you ended up working all weekend because you couldn't get motivated. "Remember it takes more discipline to work at home than it does working in an office," says McDonald. "It's up to you to know what your productivity triggers are and be patient with yourself as you adjust to what's happening."

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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