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10 Ways to Make Working From Home More Productive (and Free Up More Time for Yourself)

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10 Ways to Make Working From Home More Productive (and Free Up More Time for Yourself)
Performance matters more than presence, so here are simple ways to get a lot more done in a lot less time.

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Share your agenda

Don't assume people will automatically respect the fact that while you're working from home, you're still working.

Be proactive, share your schedule and explain when y...

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Spend money where it counts most

Invest in a good computer, a good phone, and the most comfortable and ergonomically correct chair you can find. 

Working from home means you spend a lot of time sit...

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Split your work day into chunks

Split your work day into chunks

Instead of thinking an 8-, 6-, or 10-hour workday, split your day into four or five 90-minute windows. 

That way, you will have on average 4 tasks you will get done a lot more eff...

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Embracing a routine

Take advantage of the fact a structure is not imposed on you when working from home and choose a routine that makes you as productive as you can be

Otherwise, y...

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Nighttime routines

Prepare for that first thing you are going to do in the morning, that sets the tone for the day, the night before.

Make a list. Make a few notes. Review informati...

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Work Around Your Energy Levels

Productivity is directly related to your energy level.

Find your most productive hours — the time of your peak energy — and schedule Deep Work for those periods. Do low-value and low-energy tasks (also known as shallow work), such as responding to emails or unimportant meetings, in between those hours.

Plan Your Day the Night Before

Before going to bed, spend 5 minutes writing your to-do list for the next day. These tasks should help you move towards your professional and personal goals.

You’ll be better prepared mentally for the challenges ahead before waking up and there won’t be any room for procrastination in the morning. As a result, you’ll work faster and smoother than ever before.

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The philosophy of working "smart"

... is to maximize your productivity when you are working so that you can get more stuff done in shorter periods of time.

By working smarter, you'll find yourself with more time in th...

Find the to-do list app that work for you

The best one for you depends entirely on your working style and personal preferences.

You can use a physical notebook around everywhere you go, but it's easier to use a to-do list app or tool that syncs across all your devices. That way, you can access your to-do items whenever and wherever you need to, whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on a business trip.

Prepare in advance

Write out your to-do list the day before:

  • You'll free your time to dive right into your to-do list in the morning - one of the most productive times of day.
  • It can help you spot obstacles ahead of time and prepare accordingly.
  • Knowing what you have going on well in advance could help you relax and sleep better the night before.

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The steady rise of remote workers

The steady rise of remote workers

Over the last decade, remote working has become more and more popular.

  • In 2003, 19.6 percent of people were considered remote workers.
  • In 2015, the number has climbed to 24...

Remote working vs working in an office

While there are many benefits to working from home, we need to be aware of a few things.

  • Remote workers may be working on average 3.13 more hours at home than at work. Over time, it can become detrimental to your mental health and your productivity.
  • You're eating and exercise habits may become worse while you're working from home. Fifty percent of respondents to the Bluejeans survey say they have not been able to exercise regularly.
  • Distractions can cut your productivity. The most commonly reported distractions that remote workers face are taking care of kids (27.6 percent), scrolling through social media (26.5 percent), checking on the news (26.1 percent), and getting distracted by streaming services (9.7 percent).

Healthy changes to make

The rapid shift to remote working has proven many jobs are capable of being done at home. There are some changes that we need to make if this is going to continue.

  • Separate your home and work responsibilities. Between checking the news and taking care of your children, you may feel pressure to work more.
  • Take regular breaks from work, even just for 10 minutes. It is easy to feel that you're always "being on" - which is how burnout happens. Periodically "signing off" allows you to recharge.
  • A solution may be fewer days per week at home. A 4-day workweek can improve worker's productivity by up to 40 percent.