Want to Be More Productive?

Are you preventing yourself from being more productive when working from home
Through trial and error I’ve discovered ways to curb my natural tendencies and be more productive.

Working from home can be fantastic for the potential flexibility and increased productivity it provides.
But these benefits have challenges attached.
Over the last few years I’ve read countless articles on how to Successfully Manage My Time with Working and Family time.

Here are some Ideas that have worked for me that you Can Try:

1. Plan The Right Kinds Of Tasks

The first mistake I corrected was in planning the right kinds of tasks during my remote working days.
I’m at my most productive at home when I have big tasks which require dedicated, distraction-free concentration.
Such as:
  • Writing blog posts
  • Building presentations
  • Advertising 
  • Video editing
Spend some time determining which tasks you produce the best results from working from home.

2. Know When You Work Best

When do you get your best work done?
For me it’s between 10:30 am and 1 pm. Then again from 9 pm to 1 am.
If I begin my day by reading through emails, I use up some of my most valuable minutes on energy sapping tasks which take me no closer towards completing my goals.
Instead, I make sure that the first thing I do is the day’s most important task on my to-do list.
Do yourself a favor by matching tasks to your natural rhythm.

3. Create A Space To Work In

Where do you set up to work for the day? Some people like to keep several options open, finding that the variation inspires productivity.
For me, I discovered that I needed one ‘home office’ desk set up, where I could consistently settle in for the day. (In fact – I work best from a standing desk. But that’s a whole other blog post)
The working environment you create for yourself plays a large role in your ability to be effective.
Consider these things:
  • Do you like working in a bright environment?
  • Would background music/noise detract or add to your productivity?
  • Does a dedicated work space work better for you?
  • Do you work better in a clear space, or organized chaos?

4. Maintain Your Morning Routine

When you’re heading into the office, what does your morning routine look like?
I made the oversight when working from home of sleeping in a little longer, wearing casual clothes, and skipping breakfast in favor of starting my working day as soon as possible.
Big mistake.
My advice:
  • Keep closely to the same routine as you would when going to the office
  • Wear work-appropriate clothes instead of sweatpants and a t-shirt
  • Use the time saved non-commuting to do something you enjoy. Go for a walk, hit the gym etc.
  • Start your working day at the usual time

5. Take Regular Breaks

Without colleagues to shoot the breeze with at the watercooler, it’s easy to ignore or forget the importance of taking breaks.
The Pomodoro technique was a breakthrough for me. It forces you to take a breather for 5 minutes after 25 minutes of intense work. 
Having to complete a section of work within 25 minutes really helps me focus on the task at hand. And 5 minutes away is enough to re-charge ready for the next stint.
I learned to combine that with disciplining myself to take a full hour-long lunch break to create a killer daily routine. Keeping me motivated throughout the day.

6. Do Everything You Can To Minimize Distractions

Sometimes the universe seems to work against you. Throwing a barrage of distractions at you throughout the day, through no fault of your own.
That being said, there are some ways to mitigate against these distractions.
  • Reduce the effect of ambient noise by wearing noise cancelling headphones
  • Replace fluctuating external noise with white noise
  • Keep your phone out of sight and earshot. Even if you don’t interact with it, a phone buzzing all day can pull you out of a productive streak
  • Close all but essential tabs in your internet browser. 
  • Check email periodically, instead of constantly dipping in and out

7. Keep To A Regular Working Pattern

I know that the advice here is easier said than done. But once you put it all together you can build a bulletproof structure.

Bonus Tip: Communicate Regularly And Well

Most importantly of all – take steps to avoid isolation when working from home.
This is especially important if you ever work remotely for more than one day at a time.
Loneliness is a productivity killer.
Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch no matter where you are in the world. Virtual teams are becoming a core part of working life.
Online Meetings, calls, document sharing and collaboration – there are a number of ways to be an effective team member remotely.

Key Takeaways

I hope you’ve found this useful, and that there are one or two news things you’re thinking of testing yourself.
To summarize:
  1. Plan the right kinds of tasks
  2. Work at a time that suits you best
  3. Find a space to work in that boosts your productivity
  4. Keep close to your regular morning routine
  5. Remember to take short breaks throughout the day
  6. Minimize distractions
  7. Develop your own working pattern
  8. Communicate and collaborate remotely


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