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How to Be More Productive When you Work at Home

With so many parents having to work from home now, there are a lot of challenges to tackle. For many, it's how to be more productive. It can be hard enough to work efficiently at an office, now add in kids, pets, and all the other distractions!

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Up until now, you’ve always seen your home as a space for relaxing and family time. But now, you're having to balance a work mindset alongside the comfort of your home. 

The good news is, there are ways to boost your productivity when working remotely. Here are some of the best ways to stay productive and get your job done while working at home.

How to Be Productive Working at Home

If you're struggling with productivity, give each of these tips a try! And if you're working at home while your kids do virtual school, these are important skills for them to learn as well.

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De-clutter your workspace

You will find it hard to stay productive if your workspace is cluttered. So, before you start, take time to clean up the area you’re planning on working in.

Get rid of any clutter and organize the space. The cleaner and tidier the space is, the easier you’ll find it to focus on your work.

Take breaks to get out in the yard

Suddenly being cooped up in the house all day can really crush your productivity. It can cause issues with low mood and leave you feeling less motivated to get through your workload. 

By taking regular breaks and making time to get out into the yard, it can really boost those productivity levels. Spend just 10-15 minutes gardening or reading a book outdoors to help refresh productivity levels. 

If you don't have a yard, take a quick walk! Let your mind focus on what you see, hear and smell around you–instead of work. That mental break is just as impactful as the physical break.

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Always prepare for the day ahead

When you were leaving the house to go to work, you had things to do to get ready for the day. You had a regular routine which prepares you mentally for work. However, when you start working from home you usually don’t really have that. 

Rather than thinking you can now work in your pajamas all day, make the effort to get dressed. Create a morning routine which sets you up for work. That way, you’ll find it much easier to stay productive if your mindset is geared towards work.  

Utilize the power of nature

Did you know that plants and flowers can help you to feel more motivated? Adding them into your workspace can help to brighten up the working environment. Numerous studies have shown how effective greenery can be within an office environment. So, if you want an easy way to stay productive, add a few houseplants and flowers to your home office or workspace.

You may find it helpful to use the power of scent, too. In some countries, workplaces spray citrus scents to boost employee productivity. Try experimenting with different scents to see which ones make you work more efficiently. I use an essential oil diffuser to help set the tone for work time.

Black computer monitor among house plants - Be More Productive When you Work at Home with these tips

Staying productive when working at home isn’t easy but it is doable. Use these tips to increase your productivity level.

Remember that taking regular breaks away from your computer are important, not just for productivity but for your health too! 

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