Be More Productive When Working from Home

By Violeta Vasilopoulou


Working the last couple of years as a freelance translator/proofreader as well as the editor of a lifestyle blog means that I spend my days working from the comfort of my home office. It wasn’t an easy transition and I won’t lie, there were days that I struggled with deadlines as I mismanaged my time and had to stay up until the early morning hours to catch up. However, through years of practice, I learned what works and what doesn’t. As I mentioned in the first part of this post series, Pros and Cons of Working from Home, it is a career choice that you have to consider carefully and its certainly not for everyone. You have to eliminate the sources of distraction around your house and, if you choose to follow a few or all of my tips to increase your productivity while working from home, I can promise you will see positive outcomes right away.

Start your Day Right. 

You should consider starting your day by getting up as if you worked at an office. Get up early, take a shower, get dressed despite the urge you are feeling to spend your day in your pyjamas, and enjoy a nutritious breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. Keep in mind that it is the most important meal of the day and you should never skip it. Following this simple morning routine will ensure that you are refreshed up and ready to face your overflowing inbox and files and it will help you get in “work” mode, which will boost your productivity.

Always Make a Schedule. 

Before you go to bed at night, think about what you want to get done the next day. It is helpful to make yourself a schedule and a to-do list as these two will force you to think about how you will be spending your working hours. Make sure to follow your schedule closely and you will accomplish more. If you keep a to-do list, you will get a feeling of accomplishment every time you check something off and it will encourage you to keep working hard. There are plenty of free or inexpensive list and schedule services out there, including the iPhone app Clear and my personal favorite cross-platform Evernote… Read More

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