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Six Months Of Working From Home — Here's How I Stay Productive

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If there has been a positive during this pandemic, it has been not having to drive in traffic and being able to work from home. But nothing good comes without a bit of discipline and planning. Below is what has worked for me so far: 

Having a morning routine.

I am a creature of habit. So working from home means I have to follow a routine in order to make sure I am checking all the boxes. Professionally and personally, both.

Having a dedicated workspace.

It helps productivity to know where you are going to be working from even if you have to fold and put it away every night. Personally, I love working from my dining table because it gets a lot of natural light and I can close to snacks. Ha!

Surrounding myself with the right technology.

Chargers, office supplies, headphones ... whatever you need, make sure it is available in your work place. If you have to get up and grab things from another room every minute you are not going to be able to make working-from-home work.

Dressing for the office. Optional.

I have heard argument from both sides. While I personally love getting ready and sitting down to work I also see merit in being my workout clothes so that I don't have to change or get lazy to get a workout in. Do what works best for you but don't write off dressing for work before you have tried it at least for a week.

Having a definitive end to my workday.

This, I would say has been the most important for my sanity and productivity. Sticking to the same working hours as I would if I went to office (exceptions taken in account). One of the perks of working from home is the flexibility of as-long-as-the-work-gets-done but I have to mention that not sticking to a routine and set hours have had detrimental effects to my overall health in the past.

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  1. I love your insights and they are basically the same for me, as I work from home. The things I struggled with most was the routine as I love a quiet place to work and with family quietness is a fantasy and having a definitive end to my workday. I think I worked longer hours when I first started working from home than I did going into the office, but not anymore. When it's time to end, I end lol.

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  2. It's not always easy to stay productive when working form home. These are great tips. I especially agree with having a dedicated workspace. I do the same myself.

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  3. Such great tips - I really need to work on having an end to the work day, that's one thing I've found the most challenging with working from home is setting boundaries of when not to work!

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  4. Working from home is not for everyone. It takes a lot of concentration and self-control. I've been doing it for 11 years.

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  5. When I started I would work from the bed, big mistake! So I agree with you with all of these! The morning routine and workspace are essential.

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  6. A lot of people find working from home every day challenging. It seems that the biggest problems is thinking that just because they have access to work anytime means they should be logged in 24/7.

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  7. All great tips! I converted our guest room into an office while quarantining and having a dedicated work space makes all the difference!

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  8. I agree , it is all about a routine! It is easy to get distracted!

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  9. These are great tips! Setting work hours (and actually making myself STOP working) has been life changing for me!

    Lizzie
    www.lizzieinlace.com

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  10. Such a great post. My husband works from home and definitely struggles with a finish time. Although he feels he gets so much more done at home without the office interruptions.

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  11. Probably hardest to stay inspired when it's tough to break the routine. I'm used to working from home but I used to get out much more often even if it was just to shoot some outfits. Great post! xoxo, Sarah

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  12. This is exactly how you gotta do it! I was home-educated all the way through graduation, and after a few years of being out in the corporate world, now I've been working from home for five years. SO - I've got some practice. But I know how hard it can be, and I'm glad you've found your rhythm.

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  13. That last point is gold. I’ve often found it hard to end work days and that’s mentally and physically taxing.

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  14. I think adjusting your routine to match the current situation is crucial! So glad I found my rhythm super early on!

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