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5 Helpful Tips on

How to Be Productive

Working from Home

By Ronda Phillips I Dare to Outdo Yourself!

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Working from home can be beneficial and rewarding. However, trying to be productive while working from home can be challenging at times.

This can be especially true for those making a recent transition from being in the work place to working from home, which can take some getting used to. After all, you no longer have to commute, so getting extra sleep before starting your day may seem rather appealing. You may now have the luxury of hopping straight out of bed and into your 'home office' while still in your pajamas.

On the flip side, you may have family members such as a significant other, children, or parents that have had a routine of being at home mostly throughout the day, who are now thrilled to have you around the house all day too, and are frequently seeking your attention. Likewise, you may have extended family or friends that assume because you work from home, you can make yourself available to them at any given time.

As a result, being productive while working from home may present itself to be more of a challenge than you thought it would be.

What is the meaning of being productive?

Productive is defined as doing or achieving a lot; working hard and getting good results; causing or providing a good result or a large amount of something.

If you find it difficult to be productive while working from home, there is a solution that can position you to become effective, efficient, and enjoy the lifestyle you desire.

Here are 5 helpful tips on how to be productive working from home:


Whether you work 9 to 5, 11 to 7 or anywhere in-between, it's important to establish a set work schedule geared toward servicing your customers, clients, and working with peers accordingly. If you have transitioned from commuting to work to working from home for a company or starting your own business, it can be easy to get caught up into having a mentality that your are free to work whenever you want. Depending on the type of work that you do and who you will need to interact with daily, determine the amount of work hours that are reasonable for you based upon everyone else involved, including time zones. 

For instance, do you need to be available to conduct videoconferencing with colleagues or peers, or sell products and services or answer questions to customers and clients at certain times during the day? Will your actual work from home schedule require you to work 8, 10, or 12 hours daily? Will you need to work 4, 5, or 6 days weekly? 

Additionally, factor in how much time you will need for prep work during off hours prior to actually doing your daily tasks during normal work hours, which will ultimately determine your overall daily work schedule. 


By maintaining a consistent daily work from home schedule, you will be positioned to stay disciplined to work on and complete your tasks in a timely manner. It can be very enticing to want to stay in bed for an extra hour or two if your work station, home office, or laptop is just a few feet away. Or, you can get sidetracked by partaking in unrelated tasks during your established work hours, including -- watching TV, lengthy casual chats on the phone, posting on social media, babysitting, shopping, visiting, or doing household chores -- because you figure you have the rest of the day to do your work. 

Unfortunately, choosing not to stay disciplined can backfire on you. You can find yourself slacking off on completing your daily tasks, and decide to catch up the next day, and the next, and so forth -- until you fall further behind. Rather than being knocked down from a snowball effect that can shatter your progress, take your work from home responsibility seriously. Stay disciplined to actually do the work, realize your daily efforts, and get results.


When working from home, distractions can get in the way. If others are in the home during the same hours you are working from home, set guidelines on the importance of you needing boundaries to focus on your work. That means making sure others respect your workspace by limiting distracting noises, including TV, video games, children crying or wanting your attention, family members talking incessantly to others on the phone or in-person, and so forth.

Likewise, take a break when necessary to clear your head or if you are at a good stopping point prior to starting a new task. However, limit taking too many breaks or daydreaming frequently during work hours. Spending quality time with others and doing things you enjoy after work from home tasks are completed should motivate you to stay focused.  


Just because you work from home does not mean you should skimp on your appearance. Don't just get out of bed and go straight to your laptop or workstation while still in your pajamas. Of course you may feel there's no harm in doing so when you have the freedom to do so. However, slacking off on your grooming, hygiene, and attire can lead you to slack off in your direct or indirect dealings with others regarding your work.

Take time to shower, style your hair, and where a different clean outfit daily -- whether you leave the house or not. Have the mindset, attitude, and confidence that you respectfully care about your appearance. Always be ready for that impromptu Zoom call, knock at the door, meeting with a customer or client, or to handle errands.

When you are presentable, you acknowledge that self-care matters, and that you care about positioning yourself to be ready whenever a favorable opportunity presents itself.


Clutter causes chaos. If your work at home office, work area, or desk is in disarray, it can be challenging to find what you need when you need it, which can be frustrating, and will slow down your production. Take a nice long look at your entire workspace. Throw away papers or bills you no longer need. Create folders, drawers, and bins for other paperwork and items you use or need. 

Keep items you frequently use within visible reach or close proximity on your desk or shelves. Maintain a filing system that is accessible and easy to understand. Neatly straighten up your desk or work area after completing tasks for the day. At the end of the work week, thoroughly clean your office to prepare and refresh to start a new week.


You can be productive while working from home when you establish a guideline for yourself, and that others will also respect and adhere to.

Be reminded of these 5 helpful tips on how to be productive working from home:

1. Stay on schedule

2. Stay disciplined

3. Stay focused

4. Stay presentable

5. Stay organized

Take note of your progress as you work toward being productive while working from home. You will find greater meaning in your effort to provide value to the lives of others while working in the comfort of your home, and having the abundant lifestyle you desire.

The eBook, PE Class Workout Guide authored by Ronda Phillips is a personal development and self improvement resource that can also help position you to be productive working from home. The ebook also includes Purpose and Empowerment Right Now Declarations, which provides hundreds of declarations to help remind you of who you are and that the best is still to come in your life. This recommended resource also includes a Manifestation Evaluation, Manifestation Equation, and Daily Manifestation Worksheet. This ebook is also an ideal keepsake gift for someone you care about. You can go here to discover more about the eBook,PE Class Workout Guide.

To Your Empowerment!

Known for her creative style, positive influence and straightforward professionalism, Ronda Phillips is a certified life coach,author, speaker, television host, style expert and entrepreneur. Her core mission is to empower and challenge individuals to become propelled to take charge of their life through preparation, performance and persistence. Ronda is the founder of Dare to Outdo Yourself!

Prepare. Perform. Persist.

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