How to Keep Productivity High When Working from 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.

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 Glassdoor.com, Donna Fuscaldo has identified five tricks for staying motivated when working at home.

 

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