How to Keep Productivity High When Working from Home

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Perhaps it's a particular song, a comfy office setting, or time of day. Either way, Sutton Fell says you want to figure out what gets you in a work groove and run with it. For some people, it could also mean changing the scenery every once awhile. It's no accident that coffee shops like Starbucks are filled with people typing away on their computers during office hours. "There are so many ways to get and stay motivated, but you are responsible for motivating yourself as a telecommuter," says Sutton Fell.

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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