How to Remain Productive When Working from Home

  • Financial Aid
  • March 11, 2024
  • 4 min read
man working from Home

Working from home, particularly if you aren’t used to it, can seem like the ideal situation. No commute, no meetings to attend, and no reason to take off your pajamas.

However, if you’ve recently switched to working from home, and particularly if you don’t have a dedicated office, you might find your productivity slips. After all, we fill our houses with the things we want to do when we aren’t working.

To help keep you productive, we’ve put together some easy to use tips you can apply to working or studying from home.

Block Out the Noise

Since you’re home, it can be tempting to put on the music that you’re not allowed to listen to at work. However, studies have shown that music with lyrics in it forces your brain to concentrate on it, even if you want to be focussed on something else.

White noise, or one of the other colored noise variants, is a far better choice as it has the same calming effect that music has, but without the lyrical content to distract you.

Don’t Start the Day With Coffee

Most of us start the day with a cuppa joe, but having your coffee too early can actually make you feel more tired. 

As soon as you get up, your body starts producing cortisol, the hormone that wakes you up. Caffeine interferes with cortisol production and means it takes longer for you to feel properly awake.

Instead, start the day with a glass of water to rehydrate and save the coffee for that lunchtime dip.

Put on Some Pants

Spending the day in your PJs sounds great, but it does trick your subconscious into thinking that you’re on a day off, resulting in a dip in your productivity. 

That’s fine if your workload for the day is light, but if you really need to get stuff done, get fully showered and dressed. It’ll make you work harder and you can always put your PJs on later.

Stay Social

If you’re both working and playing at home, it can be easy to find yourself stuck in the house, so make the extra effort to socialize, even if it is just a quick video call to check in with your friends. Even 30 minutes of socializing can help lift your mood and make you more productive.

Take Notes

Even if you do have the ability to watch your lecturers over and over again through an online portal, don’t skip on taking notes. Writing stuff down helps you commit facts to memory and makes it easier for you to recall them later.

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Dr. Thomas Kenny was born in Chicago, raised in Las Vegas, but considers Northwest Career College his true home. He has been working at NCC for as long as he can remember. He started by moving and building furniture on…Read Full Bio