How to Keep Productivity High When Working from 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."

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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