I hope you guys had a great holiday weekend! 

Today, I wanted to share some of my best tips for staying productive when you work from home. The more comfortable you get with working at home, the more tempting it can be to procrastinate and become really unstructured with your days. These are some tips that keep me organized and efficient. 

As always, these are just some things that have worked for me, and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. xo!

1. Play music at a low volume.
It is really tempting to keep the tv on "in the background", but tv and videos are super distracting. Stick to music or podcasts, which you can listen to quietly in the background while still keeping focused. Listening to quiet music has actually been found to increase productivity. I like to listen to instrumental music (acoustic guitar type stuff) on Pandora, and I find that it keeps me working hard without getting bored.

2. Step away from the sweat pants.
Chillin' in your sweatpants is part of the "working from home" fantasy for most people, but in my experience, when I have tried to work in sweats or pj pants, I just felt unproductive. Maybe it's a subconscious thing, but I think when you look like a slob, you feel like a slob. It just makes me feel like I want to go to bed! I'm not saying you have to wear a ball gown and full hair and makeup, but even just wearing workout clothes rather than sleep clothes will make a big difference. In other words, wear something that you wouldn't be embarrassed to leave the house in.

3. Create a separate space for working.
I am very lucky that in our current house, I have my own office space, which is ideal. If you don't have the space in your home for your own office, just find some space somewhere that is only for you and your work. In our old apartment, I had a space in the corner of our living room. It's just important to have an area that is just for your supplies, computer, etc. so that you can stay organized.

4. Make a daily schedule.
One of the best things about working from home is that your schedule is so flexible, but I still think that having at least an outline of a schedule is a must. I am always trying to improve and  adapt my schedule to my current situation, and right now I seem to have something that really works for me. My schedule is flexible but still has blocks of time for certain activities. For example, every day, I do my exercising first thing in the morning. That is something about my schedule that never changes. I also leave Tuesday afternoons open for appointments and meetings. I will do a full post about my schedule at a different time, but thinking in terms of blocks of time has really helped me to stay productive.

5. Do things ahead of time.
You will find, as you start working from home, that you can actually get more done during one day than you could at a regular job or an office job. This is because you free up so much time from not having to actually drive to a different location or attending meetings and such all the time. Use this free time to take care of things that are coming up. I am not always the best at this, I'll admit, but I'm working on it. It's really tempting to use your free time for fun, especially since you're already at home and in a comfortable environment, but scheduling a blog post ahead of time or getting a jump start on the next day's orders will just make you feel like a boss. :)


  1. Great post! I work from home and struggle with it every day. This past spring, I realized that I needed to take a morning shower and dress in working gear to make myself better act the part to stay focused.

    1. Thank you! I have found that wearing workout gear makes me stay focused too! haha That's usually what I'm wearing as I work because it's more comfy than jeans but not sleep-inducing like sweats or pjs. :)

  2. Super post! Please do write another post about your schedule. I love a good schedule, especially if it involves a pretty planner or diary! :)

    1. Thanks so much! I will be doing that post very soon!

  3. I work from home and definitely agree with all of these! Especially changing into clothes, even just jeans and a t-shirt with no make up and my hair scraped up, I feel like I can get stuff done. That said, I'm still in my pyjamas now ;)

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor

    1. haha yes! Same here. It makes a big difference for me too. Thanks for reading!

  4. Awesome post! I work from home and often find it rather difficult to focus without getting distracted. You have provided some great suggestions!

    1. Thank you! So glad you found it helpful. :)

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