How to Keep Productivity High When Working from Home

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Be Organized and Layout Your Work Week

Organization is imperative in any job, but for remote workers it is a necessity, especially because you won't have a boss breathing down your neck making sure your work is getting done. According to Sara Caputo, founder and principal of RADIANT, a professional organizing and productivity consulting company, make sure you layout the work you plan to tackle during the week and update that list daily. "At the end of the week, I like the Friday 45, which is taking 45 minutes and planning ahead for next week so you can more easily leave work alone through the weekend and hit the ground running on Monday, " says Caputo.

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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