Since most of the world is now confined to the home office, it’s still important to stay productive. I have been working from home full time for almost two years now and I have been running my blog on nights and weekends since 2013. I would say that I’m pretty good at working from home and getting things done. I would love to share my tips and I hope that it helps you.

Tips for work from home productivity

Pomodoro timer

Although this isn’t only for the home, it’s one of the key tools that makes me successful. I use the Productivity Challenge Timer to time my work. This allows me to work focused for a specific amount of time and then taking a dedicated break – Pomodoro Technique. They recommend that you work for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break – one Pomodoro. I don’t find this sufficient to get into a good flow. Hence, I prefer to work for 45 min and rest for 10 min. The goal here is to focus on a single activity for 45 minutes without doing anything else. Use the 10 minutes to go to the bathroom and take breaks. After 3 Pomodoros I take a 30 min break. With this strategy, I can basically work from 6 AM to 8 PM without being destroyed at the end of the day. And no coffee, but that’s a preference 😀

Have a dedicated work space

Another key to focus is to have a dedicated space in which you actually work. I prefer to have a large desk with a lot of space and without other distractions such as the tv. It’s also awesome if you can have a door to lock. That way you can kindly tell your family to not bother you while the door is 🔒

My work from home setup

Have dedicated work hours

It’s so great to be at home because you can wake up later, not shower, not change your clothes and just show up to work. Sometimes I go for weeks without showering or changing my clothes 😂Just kidding! Only days at a time 😊

However, you must make sure that you have dedicated hours that are assigned to work. For example, 9 – 5 is for work. I usually do some work on the blog from 530 – 7, hit the gym, and then work from 9 – 6. During those working hours my wife knows not to bother me because they are my “work hours”. And it really helps.

Furthermore, I only focus on work during those hours as well. If I want to watch tv or procrastinate, I know that I will be able to do so after I am done with my work.

Conclusion

I hope that this advice helps you to be more productive and stay safe! Let me know if you have any questions.

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