10 Effective Tips To Stay Productive Working From Home

Sure, working from home can seem wonderful. Your commute is minimal, you’ve got a fridge of food at your fingertips and you never have to change out of your pajamas!  It is great, and wouldn’t have it any other way.  But there are definite cons to working from home too.  Learning how to effectively work from home has been a game changer for me. 

Having your entire life under one roof can be tougher than you think – it’s easy to get distracted throughout the day and hard to stay focused on the tasks at hand. These ten tips will help you stay productive working from home.

10 Effective Tips To Stay Productive Working From Home


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10 Tips To Stay Productive Working From Home


Get dressed & ready for the day

You may think that working from home means getting to work in your comfiest sweats (score!), but staying in your pajamas will just make you much less motivated! Go through your usual routine for leaving the house – brush your teeth, put on a little make-up, throw on a pair of jeans. Feeling like a better version of yourself physically will help you be the best you can be mentally!

Set aside time for house work as well as business work

Break up your business work with a little house work! Getting up from your desk and on your feet is a great way to take a break, so why not get some chores done while you’re at it? Plan out time during the day where you aren’t going to focus on anything besides your business.  Same goes with your housework.  Not intertwining the two will help you out in the long run. 

I love to come up with different house chores to get done daily.  For instance – on Monday’s plan to vacuum, on Tuesday’s mop…etc.

Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is the key to maintaining a healthy life.  Keep a water bottle on your desk and refill constantly.  This helps fight fatigue and prolong attention spans.

Enjoy a healthy & balanced lunch

You’ve heard it before, eating a healthy meal has many health benefits. Obviously. But it’s true! Say no to the soda pop and chips and opt for green tea and a healthy rice dish or salad. This will prevent you from having the dreaded mid-afternoon energy crash and keep on powering through your work until the end of the day.

Plan out breaks

Take a 30 minute lunch break, and two mental breaks in the morning or afternoon. Use these breaks to go for a jog/walk, play with your puppy, or just let your mind de-stress. Having something to look forward to is a great way to stay focused on completing your tasks!

Create a designated work space

Keep your work space and your relaxation space separate – that way you won’t bring the stresses of your work life into your home!  From a fully dedicated office to a desk away from distractions – have a place solely for business. Don’t bring work to bed either.  Having the stress of work in your place of rest can be harmful to your mental health!

Minimize Distractions

One of the hardest parts of working from home is staying focused. To combat distraction, don’t even think about turning the TV on and don’t work anywhere near your bed (to avoid temptation.) Turning off social media push notifications is a great way to dodge distractions.  Check your notifications at designated breaks. 

Another tip! Put your desk facing a wall or window so you’ll be less distracted by items in your house.

Know when to call it quits for the day

It’s hard to quit when you’re in the middle of a big project, especially when there’s no commute home. If you’re getting tired and the hour is getting late, there’s no use stressing you and your brain out by trying to push through the exhaustion.  The need to keep growing your business is a tough one to ignore!  Never underestimate the benefits a little shut-eye or relaxation can have on your work!

Create Business Hours + Stick To It

Just because you don’t work a typical nine to five job, doesn’t mean those hours aren’t for you! Giving yourself set work hours allow you to relax at the end of the work day rather than overworking yourself.  It may be hard in the beginning, but setting a couple times during the day to respond to emails is a great place to start.  Being open and upfront with clients about when you will be getting back to them is a game-changer.

Get out of the house during the work week

Working at home can lead to a plethora of distractions, and can lead to you getting a little stir crazy. For a breath of fresh air, head to your favorite coffee shop.  The relaxed mood (and delicious drinks) will help you buckle down and concentrate. As much as it’s great to not have to commute to work, don’t turn into a hermit.  Be sure to break up your time at home.  Go for a drink with a fellow creative, go out for lunch, head out to the gym, or soak up some sun in a park.

These ten tips will help boost your productivity and keep you focused on your tasks, while never leaving the comfort of your home!

What habits help keep you focused? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below!


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  • Reply Michaela February 19, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Such great tips. I think having a designated space definitely helps!


  • Reply Jeanette February 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    These are perfect tips for keeping a business going. You only thing I really don’t do is I don’t get out of my pajamas typically, but for me it works better that way.

  • Reply Mimi Rose February 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Great tips, I just started doing housework between projects to stay as productive as possible and it’s a great way to have a break but stay on track! I need to work on knowing when to call it quits for the day now, I’m the worst with not overworking myself.

  • Reply Emma February 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    As someone who is longing to work from home, you make this sound amazing! I can just imagine myself being so productive if I didn’t have to commute in and could take breaks to run and clean!

  • Reply C. Elleanor February 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    This was a great post. I became a stay at home mom in June 2015 and I think in the 8 months I’ve been home I just started finding my groove in learning to balance work and being with my son. One of the things that I found “easier” about having my son at school and going to a physical job location was that I didn’t feel guilty about doing work. Now that I’m home and he’s here with me, I struggle with focusing on my purpose vs. not being “too busy” for him. I usually do a lot of my work during nap time and when I get them to bed. Those have become my “work hours” just so my son won’t always see me glued to my laptop etc. But despite those things I don’t miss “going” to work like I thought I would. LOL!

  • Reply Amanda February 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    These are all such great tips. For me, sticking to a work schedule and then setting aside family and house time is the biggest challenge.

  • Reply victoria February 20, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Absolutely a great tips. sometimes i don’t have a time for house works due to my work schedule

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Yes, it is a definite struggle sometimes! Hang in there! Hopefully you took away some tips to help you out!

  • Reply MyTeenGuide February 20, 2016 at 3:07 am

    These are awesome tips. Setting business hours is a smart idea. I used to mix my working hours with the chores and boy it was tough.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 20, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      This is most important thing I have ever done – making strict business hours! If you ever need more help in this area – email me 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor February 20, 2016 at 7:06 am

    These are all great tips for staying productive while working from home. It is so important to have work time along with house work cleaning time. Water is so important to keep us going throughout the day too. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 20, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      No problem! Drinking water is so important and an easy thing to forget about during the day!

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia February 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    These are great tips for working from home. I set an alarm so i do not end up working all night. It is easy to loose track of time when you work from home.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 20, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Time does get away from me when working from home! It flies by when you are having fun!

  • Reply melanie February 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Those are excellent tips. I sometimes wish I could work from home but I think I would be extremely lonely. I need to be around people.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Yes – I can relate. I have to get out the house a few times a day to interact with people. Working from home definitely has its pros and cons.

  • Reply Up Run for Life February 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I love these tips. I always struggle with taking breaks except to get a drink or use the restroom. I’m also guilty of not getting dressed.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 20, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Yes – getting dressed and ready for the day was hard for me for so long! It feels a lot better when I’m wearing clothes that make me feel great! Time flies by so fast during the day when you are having fun 🙂

  • Reply Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog February 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    It is very important to distinguish time for work and time for the ‘house’, so to speak. If not everything becomes chaotic, you’re frazzled and it seems like nothing gets done! Thank you for sharing these tips, it serves as a friendly reminder to stay on task!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you! It is important to stay focused on whatever you set your mind to – whether that be business or household chores!

  • Reply wemake7 February 21, 2016 at 9:21 am

    These are really great tips! I find myself more focused on house work more then anything then it takes me forever to get my actually business work done.

  • Reply Crystal McWhirter-Lopez February 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    These are all so important! I think making time for housework and work is a must. I find myself getting behind if I do not make this a priority!

  • Reply Lauren February 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Great tips! I definitely need to turn off Facebook notifications since they’re always popping up on my computer screen AND my phone! Even if I don’t click on them, I still pause to look.

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee February 23, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I really need to work on number 1. I have to admit that working from home, I’m usually in my yoga pants, shirt and sweater, along with my UGGs.

  • Reply Julie February 24, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I still have a full time job and since I barely spend time at home this doesn’t apply to me that much but I am HOPING that someday I will have get the chance to work from home and will definitely remember these tips!

  • Reply Shaunáe Teske February 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

    This is fabulous! I will definitely use these tips in my daily work life! It’s so tough sometimes working from home to get yourself motivated. Thanks for this!

  • Reply Samantha February 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Great post! I especially love the “Get out of the house” tip…SO important to get out and get some fresh air! Thanks for the tips!!

  • Reply Alyssa Coleman February 24, 2016 at 10:56 am

    These are suuuxh great tips. Especially just simply getting dressed in the morning! I am guilty of getting on calls with clients, looking awesome on top but pjs still on the bottom. Hahaha ok starting tmrw -big girl pants-

  • Reply jasminenawang February 24, 2016 at 11:59 am

    This is a perfect post for me for today! Been very little productivity and dragging through the dreary winter days. Thank you!

  • Reply Caitlin February 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Now that I’ve been in transition for quite a bit I can totally relate to this and agree with all of your tips. It’s definitely been a huge learning curve but I’m getting it ….

  • Reply fashionphases April 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I really need to try some of these tips because sometimes I tend to work without a break and bring my lunch and snacks in front of the computer.

  • Reply Jamie July 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Great tips! I’ve had to learn most of these the hard way, but I’m not ditching my PJs anytime soon 😉

  • Reply diadarling3 July 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Setting fixed work hours for my work session has been pivotal. If I want to get super OCD. I create a work order and that really helps me knock stuff out because if not I tend to hop around and try to do multiple things at once.

  • Reply Nicole George October 27, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I love how simple and practical these are, yet so effective. I am beginning to work from home, but I have a 1 1/2 year old daughter. It is definitely hard to set specific hours, as babies aren’t always predictable, but it is important. I am currently working on a designated “office” space. Definitely need a spot to keep my stuff all together!

    Nicole | http://www.bynicolegeorge.com

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