How to be Productive When Working From Home

How to be Productive When Working From Home by Maraya Bell.

Working from home sounds ideal in theory but in reality, it can be distracting, overwhelming and hard to balance. I’ve been working or studying from home on and off for the last 22 years. So, if you are looking to start working (or studying) from home here is what I’ve learnt:

Productive Tips for Working From Home

1. Get Organised

If you are working from home, where will you be? On the lounge in your PJs? At a desk? At the kitchen table? While the occasional ‘on the couch’ work is ok you really need a space set up for work only. Even if you just find a small corner of the house (mine is in my bedroom) and have a proper chair, good lighting, access to a power point and some space to keep your stuff.

2. Have a Routine

Yes, working on the couch in your PJs sounds fantastic but it’s unproductive most of the time. You need to have some routine to your day or you’ll never get anything done. Get up, shower and get dressed and then get out in the morning. School drop off, a walk, the gym – whatever works for you. But going from bed to work won’t get you in the right mindset to be productive.

3. Be Disciplined

When you work from home it’s so easy to just watch a TV show or do some housework or catch up with a friend. While These are some of the benefits to working from home keep it to a minimum or at the end of the week you’ll discover you have watched every episode of The Wire, but you’ve got nothing done. My rule is no housework during work hours – because if you start you’ll never stop!

How to be Productive when Working from Home

4. Manage your Work/Life Balance

Working from home means you’re always at home, but you’re always at work as well. It can be tempting to keep working but try and have structure. Log off when the kids get home and then work again later that night if you have to. But just remember to step away from the laptop sometimes.

5. Make the Effort to See People

The worst part of working from home is a lack of human contact! You have colleagues in an office you can interact with but at home you are on your own. So, make sure to carve out some time to meet a friend for a coffee or a walk, or join a business group that has meet ups. Whatever works for you.

Hopefully these tips help you to successfully manage working from home as it’s a great way to bring some flexibility into your life.

About the Author

Maraya is a Blogger and PR professional. She spends her life juggling working from home and the needs of two teens and a small child. She blogs at


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