How To Stay Productive While Working From Home

How To Stay Productive While Working From Home
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Working From Home

If only every establishment allows its staff to work from home, will the world be a better place? I would not readily say yes because while many will prefer to stay at home on a Monday morning, it can become boring and less fun.

However, a few offices now practices virtual organization system and some do not. Some people will be on leave and still be working. While some will be on casual leave but their type of work will still decide that they work from home. Also, most professionals do not need to be present in the office to continue working.

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”
Alain de Botton

The most fun part about working from home is the beautiful fact that you get to do some serious work without pants. How cool does that sound?

So while this may not be fun because of some restrictions and limited access to a few things, let’s dive into how to make it still productive.

1.Wake Up Like You Are Going To Work

Wake up! It’s morning…Fine, we all know you aren’t going to step out of the comfort of your room but you still need to get your lazy ass up and get dressed and tidy up your room like you are going to work. Remember, the idea is to stay productive even while you are home.

2.  Define Your Home Work Space

Please don’t tell me your work space is on your bed, you’d just go back to another round of sleep. And it could make your bedroom even less accommodating. So create a space within your home that activate your senses and remind you “It’s work time”. 

3. Structure your Schedule and Stick To It

What time do you arrive at the office and begin the day work? Stick to it like that as well. Don’t even for a moment feel like you are home as that can be distracting and defeat the purpose. 

4. Do Not Start The Day in Your Pajamas

This will keep reminding you that the bed is close by and you can easily snuggle into it. Get dressed, wear some loose or serious clothing and get behind the desk with your To-do list.

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5. Turn Off Your Data

Unless you would need it, turn it off. Those WhatsApp or Facebook Notifications can really come in distracting and before you know it, you’ve abandoned the work and scrolling through tweets and Instagram feeds. You do not need any form of distraction while working. This bring us to the next point.

6. Keep Your Pets Away

You do not want your cat scratching your computer keypad, neither do you want you dog leaving its dump on a client’s document. Hence, it’s best to keep your pets crated while you are working from home.

7. Communicate With Your Colleagues

Since you are out of the office and not bumping into your colleagues, listening to their incessant complain, or their call in from time to time, communicate with them; send emails, engage in video calls and send out instant messages to keep in touch. This keeps abreast with what is happening in the office. 

8. Music Therapy

Do you know music is a good form of working? While at work, I sometimes listen to music when I’m tensed or overwhelmed. So while working at home, get a good song that goes with the work flow.

9. Take Breaks

You are not a machine, my friend. Take some breaks. Take a walk to the kitchen, and get something light to eat. Walk down the street and come back home, just in time to continue again.

10. Have A Bottle Of Water On Your Desk

This help to keep you hydrated and curb unnecessary pangs of hunger that keep reminding you the kitchen is just a stone throw away. You do not want to add extra kg just because you decided to work at home. However, a cup of green tea will go a long way too.

Have you ever had to work from home or your job is so flexible you can work from home? How have you manage to do this? How do you cope with distractions. Join the conversation.

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  1. HappyPeople
    October 16, 2017 / 11:52 am

    This is not only imperative an essay but also fundamental. Virtual/Home office system is the future of corporate and even government work system in Nigeria. It is already in practice in countries like India, China and a few others with population management issues..you’ll be required to stay and work at home some of the working days. Thank you so much for this.

    • October 16, 2017 / 11:57 am

      You can say that again. It is indeed an essential part of a work system that should be explored!

      Thanks for reading

  2. October 16, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Good and well penned thoughts.

    As much as i wish i can work from home, the thought of working from my comfy bed and the thought of me having the luxury of liberty to do what i like and how i like and when i like would not make me productive….

    How will i be productive when i gaze at my fridge and kitchen and youtube is there to teach me how to cook new meals or how will i be productive when i have several seasonal movies yet to be completed….

    Maybe in the future when i am ready i will start disciplining myself to work from home. but for now, lemme just be going to work …..

    Lovely post deb

    • October 16, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      😅😂 Your comment got me laughing so hard. It can really be tempting but it’s not impossible. All you need is that discipline.

      You definitely can do it 😉

  3. October 17, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Home has got no policies hahha, the bed, kitchen, TV programs tempting. Write up is well thought out weldone.

  4. October 18, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    I work majorly from home and I can say it’s not been easy staying away from distractions around the corner. Sometimes for me, I just want to lie on my couch and see movies..I can be lazy like that lol.

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