Great Advice | 5 Tips To Help You Work More Productively at Home

If you work at home, like I do, you’re going to want to learn these 5 tips to help you become more productive, and feel less burnt out.

After starting my crochet business and blog, I’ve come to realize (and remember) that when you work at home, you are virtually never away from work.  For years I worked as an online community manager and it was the same thing. There is no on and off switch like there is when you work outside of the home.  Instead of working less often, I find myself working at all hours, day and night.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice to be able to work in my jammies and to be able to easily prepare a home cooked meal every night.  But…  depending on how you look at it, being home all the time can be both a blessing and a curse.

I realized what I was doing wrong while reading this terrific article at Problogger,  These 5 Rules Will Help You Work More Productively At Home.

The article is written and geared towards bloggers but I think the tips would work for anyone who works at home including crafters and crocheters too.

It’s not an easy fix, but things like setting regular working hours, specified break times, and having an end of work day routine certainly will help… if you stick to it.

If you’re looking to improve your productivity while reducing your work stress, I highly recommend you go read the article.

no place like home rug.

There’s no place like home.

Do you have any helpful tips for those of us who work at home?  If you do, please share them in the comments.  I love hearing from my readers.

 

 

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About Robin

I'm a former community manager of a now defunct lifestyle site who's been writing online, and off, for over fifteen years. My passions include my family, my cat, reading, writing, crochet, and yarn art. I've decided to stitch all of those things together by way of my new blog, Imperial Crochet. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
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24 Responses to Great Advice | 5 Tips To Help You Work More Productively at Home

  1. tonymarkp says:

    This is a great list. I also love that it’s short. I would say #2 and #5 are very key for me but I also expect that there are people like me who can pull off #2 very easily if they like to have a routine. I think a lot of people who work from home spend a lot of time doing something solitary (running an online shop, writing, designing, etc.). I work from home as an ESL/EFL tutor, so people constantly pass through my house all day Monday through Friday and sometimes I teach classes and workshops out of office sporadically. So, I think #5 is super important because my house is where we live (I’m married) and where I work with people to help them. Of course, choosing working hours and sticking to them is also very important. However, I also think it’s important to have a designated space in the house devoted only to work and nothing else. For me it’s really important (obviously) because I often work with people who have problems to be solved and need a safe space to express themselves. I also think people who make a living doing solitary activities can benefit from cordoning off an area in the home that is the place for working during working hours. During working hours no one who lives in the house may go there because it’s working time. Organizing space is just as important as organizing time and developing routines and, in fact, has been one of the foundations of my success as a person who primarily works at home.

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    • Robin says:

      That is a very good point about having a designated work space tonymarkp. That would help with ending the work day at a set time too. The hard one for me is #5. The designated area would help me with that too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Great article, Robin. These are all very helpful and thoughtful. #3 is one I have to be mindful of. I’m learning that longer hours (for certain tasks) is not always better, and that I get far more done if I work ‘easier’ (shorter bursts of work interspersed with breaks). Thank you very much for sharing this!

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  3. Karen says:

    Thank you for posting this. My blogging, and arting, is a hobby, so I have even less time to get things done. And less energy after working a 40 hour shift elsewhere. I think the advice is good for me, too. And I got on his email list. Thanks again!

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  4. I need to hang these tips on my wall!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    While I’m not working at the moment, I have had to use things like this to help me create a structure for my days. I was extremely disciplined at work, putting in too many hours, so at home I tended to be the opposite. Now that I’m home all the time…you can imagine how things could go south! To combat that, I have done a few things:
    A. I get up at nearly the same time as I did before and walk the dog, get ready for the day. I can do anything I want until 7:30
    B. My sewing room doubles as my office. I sit at my table very morning and make a list, just like at the office and prioritize it. Yes, my house cleaning is scheduled😳!
    C. My list includes chores, business activities, my crafting projects, blogging and things I want to do, to prevent me from just hiding out(introvert). Right now the big push is to find two ways to promote my piano studio each day, whether that is writing an email, working in the website, following up with potential students, researching new methods, etc.
    This is probably way too long, but I thought it was interesting that I was employing many of the principals to my adjustment!

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  6. SheryL♥ says:

    Hi! Thanks a lot for joining Thoughts of SheryL!
    Great blog! 🙂

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  7. lyncrain says:

    Now, that we’re doing the airbnb I am finding that I must prioritize my time so I can accomplish what needs to be done and what I love to do. I am fortunate that I am retired so my time is less structured than it was but that doesn’t mean I am less busy. I’m actually more so. I’m a leader and moderator for two writing/blogging groups online at Writing. com in addition to being a leader and moderator in person writing group. I have a garden that requires care at least every other day. I’m working on my second poetry book which is taking a lot of time and you’ve seen the mandala project that is now up 111 hours and still going. I bake everyday for the airbnb and clean house daily to keep on top of the cat hair from my three adorable babies and then there is the messy marvin hubby that adds to the mix. Before I know it, the day is gone and I’m scrambling to get my blogging done too. Sleep is a luxury at this point.
    I thought the list was very informative and it puts my time organization into perspective for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Tami says:

    Great post Robin! I have been working from home for the past 3 years and I love it. I write blogs, product descriptions and assorted data and content tasks for an ecommerce janitorial supply distributor. I just don’t have enough room in my home to have a dedicated office space, but that’s not really an issue for me. I actually enjoy being able to take my work laptop and sit outside on nice days. I do have a set schedule of hours so that’s also been easy to manage. My biggest challenge is definitely number 5. It’s not visitors that I have a problem with it’s phone calls. I know the easy answer is just let it go to voicemail but we all know that with family and friends there is no easy answer. When they just want to chat I try to keep the call short and often I find myself just working while they talk about whatever it is that they felt the need to call me about. I am guilty of not really listening and just making the appropriate noises while I continue to work. I don’t really feel too guilty because the few people that call me when they know I’m working are really kind of isolated and it makes them feel better to just have someone they can connect with for half an hour a few days a week. What I really need to manage is my crafting and personal blogging time! I end up spending too much time on one of the elements that goes along with that and end up neglecting the other things. If I spend 2 hours reading blogs then I have less time to create things to post about. If I spend more time creating I have less time to blog/read blogs. And now I have almost no time for just browsing youtube and pinterest for future project ideas! I am going to use the tips from this article to be more productive when I’m not working! 😀

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    • Robin says:

      #5 is definitely a tough one for me too Tami, but like you, I don’t want to isolate people, or tell them I’m too busy to talk. After all, what’s life without friends and family? Sounds like you have a very cool work at home job. 🙂 The blogging vs. creating time is definitely a challenge for me too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  9. Leyla says:

    Great Post, Robin

    Like

  10. Jenna Rose says:

    I did a post recently about how to start a productive day! a good morning routine 🙂

    Like

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