How to Keep Productivity High When Working from 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.

If you've ever had the opportunity to work from home for any length of time, it's likely you've run into conversations with others who don't understand how you are able to get anything done. They believe that if they worked from home they'd be so distracted with any number of tasks – dishes, laundry, pets, etc., etc. — that they'd never accomplish anything work related.

Fortunately, while it can be distracting and a bit more difficult to stay motivated, it's not impossible. And once you set up a routine, you may find that you're actually more productive away from all the in-office distractions – coworkers stopping by your desk to chat or talking with someone else nearby, phone calls, talking at the water cooler, and it goes on and on.

"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."

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to stay on track and find success while working remotely. Writing for, Donna Fuscaldo has identified five tricks for staying motivated when working at home.


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