7 Work From Home Hacks to Boost Productivity

After the Covid-19 pandemic, more people than ever before are working at home.  Whether you currently are a work-from-home employee or have just found your first work-from-home job, it can be a challenge to be productive.  As a remote employee, you often have the benefits of things like a more flexible schedule and the ability to monitor yourself. In most cases, a manager supervising employees remotely isn’t going to have the chance to micromanage you to complete your work. 

However, you do have to make sure that you are getting enough work done.  On top of that, you may have your family at home, your pets, and you may even have a TV in the room with your workstation.  Needless to say, there can be a lot of distractions working from home. 

Luckily, there are some work-from-home hacks that you can use to boost your productivity. 

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Top Productivity Work From Home Hacks 

Stick to a Routine

One of the biggest things that you can do to boost productivity is to create a routine and stick to it.

It can be beneficial to start your day the same way each day whether that is with a cup of coffee or when you get home from walking your dog.  This can prime your mind to get ready to work because it will be a signal to yourself that it is work time.

 As a remote worker, one of the hardest things to deal with is separating your work life and personal life.  However, when you create a routine, it can help you separate the two.  You (as well as your housemates) will know when you start your work routine that you are in your work zone, and when you are done, you are done.   This can be useful to minimize distractions from others during the day. 

Your routine does not have to be set in stone as one of the biggest perks of remote work is flexibility, but it does help to have a rough idea of what you will be doing at what time of day.  

Separate Your Workspace

As a work-from-home employee, the biggest work-from-home hack to be productive is to have a separate workspace. 

It does not necessarily have to be a separate room, but you do need a space of your own to work.  This can also help you with your routine because when you are in this space your mind should mentally be set to work.

This can also help you minimize distractions because you can make your office space where you will not be tempted by entertainment like the TV, Netflix, or video games.  You can also teach other members of your household that your workspace is where you work and you need to be left alone when you are there.  Less distractions = more productivity. 

Have Some Boundaries

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If you want to be productive at home, you do need to set boundaries and stick to them. 

Many people forget that work at home means just that, that you are working at home.  You need to be clear with what you expect from people during your work time.  For example, do you mind if your children come in the room while you are working, or can your spouse come in and talk to you. 

This can be especially challenging if both you and your spouse work from home, particularly if you must share a space.  You both need to negotiate what is and is not allowed during work time. If you also have children or pets at home, you need to negotiate who will take care of them during your work time.

Additionally, even if you do not live with anyone, you still need to be clear with others about your boundaries.  For example, you do not want family or friends dropping by to socialize during your work hours just because they know that you are at home.

Take Breaks

If you are trying to be productive, it can be tempting to skip breaks and work through them.  Counter-intuitively it could be good for your productivity to take breaks. Taking breaks can refresh your mind and allow you to refresh your mind. 

A helpful method to break up your day is the Pomodoro technique which helps break down larger tasks into smaller more manageable steps.  The basis of the technique involves working on one task on your to do list for 25 minutes, taking a 5-minute break, and then once four of these work/break periods are completed taking a longer 15-20 minute break.  The technique is widely lauded for its effectiveness and implementing something similar into your workday could be beneficial. 

Leave Your House (Sometimes)

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Leaving your home periodically can also boost productivity. 

As a remote worker, it can be easy to get zoned into your home and not leave often.  However, it can get monotonous when you do not leave.  As a work-from-home employee, it can be a big advantage in that you can work anywhere.  You can take a trip to the coffee shop, utilize a co-working space, or go for a walk or run when you have a break.

Whatever you choose to do, leaving the house can be an excellent way to clear your head.  It lets you refresh your routine sometimes. Whenever you get back, you may even be more refreshed and ready to be productive.

Have a Back-up Plan

When you do work from home, it can be good to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong. 

For example, if you would happen to lose power or your internet connection, most of the time you can call off.  It’s usually not a big deal.  However, if you do have something like an important client meeting or deadline looming, it is not a bad idea to have a backup plan in place.  For example, you could have a plan to use your phone to tether an internet connection to your laptop if you lose your internet connection.  You could also have a backup plan in place for potential destinations like coffee shops, libraries, or relative’s homes to go to if you do lose electricity to charge up your laptop to meet any deadlines that you need to.

Use Some Apps

It can be helpful to incorporate some apps into your work-life as well. 

Although some apps can be distracting and hurt your productivity, others can help it

For example, there are also a variety of Pomodoro technique apps that can help help you focus.   Another example of an app that can help productivity is Trello which can be used to help manage your tasks.  Other examples include apps like Toggl and Serene. Don’t be afraid to search around for apps that work with your operating system and can help you with whatever is holding you back from being more productive. 

The Bottom Line on Work From Home Hacks

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The bottom line is that working from home can potentially affect your productivity.  As a remote worker, you do have to motivate yourself more than a traditional office worker.  You also need to optimize your own schedule to be productive. Luckily, there are some work-from-home hacks that you can use to make sure that you are as productive as you can be when you are working remotely.