7 Ways to Increase Your Productivity When Working From Home

So it’s the first day of the Summer Holidays. Hasn’t it been the craziest 4 months? In some way, it doesn’t feel like the holidays and in other ways, I’m so in need of a break from life! We had school-based events every day last week so it really feels like the start of something new today, whereas I know many others have had no distinguishing features between homeschooling and Summer Holidays.  Normally I would have my Summer Holiday planner on the wall, a list full of days out, and my work schedule side by side so we all know where we stand but this year just isn’t like normal. However, there are plenty of things you can do to increase productivity when working from home, especially now that homeschooling has ended.

7 Ways to Increase Your Productivity When Working From Home: 

Increasing your productivity might seem like a daunting task but usually when it comes to productivity when working from home going back to basics is best.
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My Lakeland Furniture office chair is sleek, minimalist and super comfy.

  1. A proper office set-up: Slobbing on the sofa with a laptop tray on your knee cuppa tea in one hand and Jeremy Kyle on the TV might sound like fun, but it is not a productive working environment. You will take longer to achieve the smallest of tasks and you will feel like you have little or no work/life balance. A proper office table and chairs set-up give the illusion of going to work, your family knows you are at work AND if you are lucky enough to have a separate room you can shut the door at the end of the working day, there is a clear distinction between work and home life.
  2. Get dressed: Sitting in your pj’s but the physical action of getting dressed puts your mind into work mode. Couple this with walking into your home office set up and you really feel like this is an event.
  3. Stay hydrated: It can be easy to forget to drink water but staying hydrated helps you to think clearer. A hydrated brain stops you from feeling fatigued which increases productivity. Being properly hydrated also helps with sleep, mood and fatigue. fruit flavoured water increases productivity when working from home
  4. Structure:  Having a structure to your day, very much like you would when going into the office helps again with putting you into a work mode mindset.
  5. Play to your strengths: If you are most productive mid-afternoon work then. If it’s the morning get up earlier.
  6. Posture: Be aware of how you sit at your desk and for how long. Good posture and a comfortable sitting position are really important for those longer tasks, rather than paying for it later in the form of aches, strains and sprains sneaking up on you.
  7. Take breaks: A change in position and environment is a great way to reignite your brain and increased productivity. I like to take my tea break outside in the garden, with the sun on my face, a few deep breathes and a complete break from the task at hand, from a silver teapot no less 😉 So often we try to power through but moving is actually the easiest way to increase productivity.

silver teapot

Coronavirus has meant I also don’t have my usual luxury of taking the Summer Holidays off.  How do you plan to stay productive over the Summer Holiday? Now you have more of an opportunity to mix up the routine?

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  1. August 4, 2020 / 9:01 pm

    Hey Joanne, I love this! Thanks! The getting dressed idea definitely hits home for me. There is definitely a psychological aspect to it about tricking your mind into work mode and keeping productive. And about your “taking breaks” tip, I learned this one trick called the Rule of 52 and 17. Basically, 52 minutes to focus on work, 17 minutes of rest, repeat. I find it pretty helpful 🙂

  2. August 9, 2020 / 6:48 am

    I’ve worked from home for a long time now. Structure to your day is super important for productivity. I find working on the weekends is good for me but then I try to have time off in the week
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  3. Anitha
    August 20, 2020 / 10:41 am

    Since this pandemic started work from home got implemented on my office. I normally face posture problem due to hours of work on my system. I do agree that structure to your day is much needed one for productivity between nice tips my lady.
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  4. August 26, 2020 / 5:43 am

    Many have had to go from an office to a home-working set up. I’ve worked from home for 8 years and even I feel I have lost my motivation. I will be using these tips and give myself a bit of a change in the office, see if it perks me up and gives me some mojo back!
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  5. April 6, 2022 / 6:23 am

    These tips are great! I never thought that dressing up could help switch on work mode. At first, my work from home was very unproductive. I was distracted by many things, and it was challenging for me to start a new workday. Then I decided to go to a coworking space to work. The work environment and the lack of distractions helped me get my efficiency back. I still visit such places from time to time.