How You Can Still Be Productive While Working From Home

Are you still adjusting from a structured work environment to a work from home setup? 

Do you often get distracted while working from home?

You’re not alone. What seemed as a benefit employees could only dream of prior to the Covid pandemic, has now become the standard setup for many companies around the world. However, if you don’t adapt, you risk being left behind or, even worse, out of a job. 

Working from home can have its share of ups and downs - one of the most important things to remember is to find a perfect balance.

Everyone has their personal preferences. So don’t expect this article to provide you with a tailor-fit approach that will instantly solve this problem for you. What it will do though, is give you some new ways to consider how you can modify your routines to get the best out of your particular situation. 

Before we begin with our tips for maintaining productivity while working from home, we’d like to cite some of the benefits you can get from working from home that you may have forgotten in trying to adjust to your new work setup:

  • Save money on gas and public transportation
  • Have more time to rest and enjoy personal activities
  • Face less exposure to germ-caused illnesses
  • Spend more quality time with your family, friends and pets
  • Work anywhere you want  

Now that you’re starting to feel excited about the opportunities of an in-home setup, let’s dive into the different ways you can maintain productivity while working from home. 

Have a daily routine

What was your routine before and after work before you transitioned to a work from home setup? Did you have a set schedule for lunch or workouts? Be sure to try and maintain these activities even if you’re at home.  

We get it. The temptations of having total flexibility sound alluring, but having an irregular work schedule can take a toll on your productivity. 

If you want to be consistent and make your routine a habit, here’s what the European Journal of Social Psychology states in one of their studies: “The time it took participants to reach 95% of their asymptote of automaticity ranged from 18 to 254 days.” In simpler terms, it would take at least 18 days of doing something consistently for it to become a habit.

When coming up with a work routine, be sure to consider the following:

  • The times your boss and coworkers normally communicate with you
  • The time of day you’re most productive
  • Set breaks into your work schedule
  • Be flexible for unexpected urgent matters
  • Make a list of what you need to accomplish the following day 

Keep your body active

Picture this. You’ve found a comfortable workspace environment in your home, you work and spend hours on your laptop or computer without realizing you’ve missed a meal and shower.

With all that hard work, that promotion should be yours for the taking, right? 

Although it may sound productive, working for hours at a time could put your health at risk and lead to job burnout. 

One of the secrets to working productively at home or the office is staying active. Studies have shown that employees should take a short break every hour to refresh their minds.   

Now, we’re not saying you should go and scroll through social media the whole day or purchase a gym membership; staying active can be in the form of setting alarms in the day to stretch parts of your body, walk outside for 10-15 minutes, or do breathing exercises.

For more tips on maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle while working from home, we’ve prepared a separate blog post for you to read as well.

Have an in-home work setup

One of the keys to being productive when working from home is to choose a specific area where you can ‘go to work’ every day.

We normally don’t associate our home with work, so it’s normal to feel distracted adjusting to this new environment. Having a designated room or space exclusively for work will also tell your family that when you’re there you don't want to be disturbed. 

You can create an in-home setup similar to what you had in your office or even go one step further and personalize it in a way your boss would never have said yes to. This will help you feel more relaxed and comfortable as you work throughout the day. 

Helpful tip: If possible, avoid working in places like your bedroom and living room. This can disrupt focus as your mind has a hard time associating these areas with work.     

Mix it up

Although we mentioned earlier how important it is to have a routine and dedicated workspace, doing this day in and day out can become monotonous and isolating. 

Here are 3 minor tweaks you can do to your routine while still maintaining productivity:

  1. Listen to music

There is nothing wrong with adding a little background music as you work. A study from the University of Chicago states: “A moderate level of ambient noise is conducive to creative cognition.”  

Depending on the time of day, listening to the right genre of music can boost your mood as well as productivity. 

  1. Socialize with coworkers

Just because your coworkers are no longer a walking distance from your desk, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t communicate with them. Everyone could benefit from a little interaction - a simple email, chat, or video call can go a long way in avoiding any feeling of self-isolation. 

Checking in with your coworkers regularly will also keep you up to speed on projects and updates you may have missed.  

  1. Spend the day working outside home

Remember, you don’t have to be confined to a desk anymore. You have the freedom to work anywhere you want - a library, coworking space, or coffee shop. 

This will help give your mind a break from being surrounded by the same space for countless hours.


Adjusting to a new work setup can be challenging, especially with the distractions of house chores and errands to name a few. 

Achieving the right work balance will take time, discipline, and focus. Mix and match different combinations until you find one you’re comfortable with. This ensures that when it’s time to put in the work, you’re always on your A-game.

To help make this adjustment easier, remember to incorporate the tips we’ve mentioned above one at a time. Skipping steps or jumping from one tip to another can feel overwhelming and will lead you to fall back into bad habits. 

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” - Paul J. Meyer

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