Staying Productive While Working From Home

Five tips for staying productive while working from home

Working from home can seem like a dream – the ease of setting your schedule, being your boss, and the comfort of your home! Once I started working from home, I realized that I had a case of the grass is greener on the other side. I would struggle to get everything done and stay focused on tasks, and I got a little lonely. I realized what I needed to do to make my home office work for me, and ever since, I’ve loved working from home.

Set A Clear Space for Working

I complete all my computer work at my desk. I never take my computer to the couch or the bed. When I’m at my desk, it is work time. I know as soon as I sit down, it’s time to get busy. By designating this area for work, I’m also able to enjoy the other parts of my house for relaxation, and I do not feel like work is all around me. It’s just right at my desk.

Determine Set Hours

When I first started working for myself, I would make plans to meet with friends, go to events, network, etc. I chose to give others priority over my schedule, instead of myself. Thus, I started setting hours. I typically try to do any meetings on Tuesdays or Thursdays (those tend to be slow days for me). I also start working at 10 am and don’t finish until 8 pm or 9 pm. I take an hour break at 12:30 and another hour break around 4. I find that I’m much more productive in the afternoons. So I do a bulk of my client work from 1-8pm.

Batch Scheduling Will Change Your Life

Before I opened the blog shop, I would just do client work (all day long). However, with the increase in blog shop sales and consulting projects, I’ve had to build in time to address those tasks. When making my schedule for the week and day, I’ve found that I can only complete two custom client work tasks at a day (and I do one build on one day). By batch scheduling when I do client work, blog shop sales, and consulting projects, I’ve taken the guessing work out of when I will do something. Things just get filled into slots as they come in.

Clean Workspace with Only What You Need

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a lot of snapshots from my day. Keeping my desk and office space clean and tidy, helps me focus on designing and work. Organization also extends virtually to my computer. I keep all my projects organized by type and client. Things are grouped and arranged where the things I use the most are easily accessible.

Listen to Yourself

If I need a break or more time with something, I give it to myself. I’ve found that trying to “fight” those desires is so counter productive. In fact, stepping away for a quick walk and change of scenery is all I need to come back to my desk refreshed and motivated.

Listening to yourself is the biggest key. What someone else does for their business might not be the best for you (i.e. especially with scheduling). At first, I struggled to work on a schedule that was 9-5pm. When I realized that 9-5pm wasn’t for me, I made the adjustments with keeping my business values and operating my business as efficiently as possible.

When working from home, what works for you?

  • Meet Lindsay Humes

    Hi! I’m the designer and owner behind White Oak Creative. I partner with creative entrepreneurs, lifestyle publishers and content creators to design the best brand identity to grow their audience and brand. My blog is full of resources on Branding, WordPress, SEO, and more!

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    15 thoughts on “Staying Productive While Working From Home

      1. Lindsay | White Oak Creative Post author

        Hi Emilie! I actually don’t use any particular software. Because I manage bookings on my own and my to do list, I use a Spreadsheet, where areas have been designated for Client Work, Premades, and Other. For client work, I put in those for the project first, then with things that are more day-to-day, they are filled as they come in.

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    1. Samantha

      Thanks for this post! I’ve found that listening to myself is the best thing I can do for me and my business. If I keep working when I’m tired and need a break, I always regret it later. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of your business.

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    2. Ronja

      Thank you so much for your tips. I just started to work a lot more from home and have really struggled with that. Simply because I don’t have a routine yet and have ignored to work on one. I will definitely keep your tips at heart!
      Have a beautiful day.
      xx, Ronja
      http://www.sothisiswhat.com
      { CREATE THE LIFE YOU LOVE }

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    3. Felicia

      I really this post! I work from home, so I feel like I have ample time to work on my blog & my full time job. But at times it seems like the time passes so quickly and I have way to much left to do. I’ve been trying to batch tasks, but I think I need a designated workspace like you have.

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      1. Lindsay Humes Post author

        I was just complaining to my boyfriend about the same issue this weekend. Everything happens in its time. Have a designated desk space definitely helps me, and prevents me from getting distracted! Thanks for your comment, Felicia!

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    4. Jessica

      I definitely have a special place! If I’m not sitting on my desk, I know I won’t have any work done. I also developed a routine by waking up at the same time every day, with enough time to read and workout before starting the day x

      Jessica — NinetyCo 

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    5. Niken

      I need a clean working space when I work from home!
      And sometimes, I get dressed even though I work from home so that I feel like I’m really going to do work.

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    6. Krista

      Loving these tips! I just recently designated a “work space” in my home instead of working wherever and it has been life changing!

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    7. Alyssa Coleman

      Great tips girl!! I’m obsessed with scheduling and with having a clean workspace as well. By scheduling my day I don’t have time for procrastination and I’m so much more productive! and …I totally agree with you …. listening to yourself is a MUST for all the creative people working from home!

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