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How to Be Productive While Working from Home

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Working from home is great in a lot of ways, but it isn’t always easy to stay motivated, especially as a freelancer.

As a freelancer, you have to be fully responsible for keeping track of all your tasks, assignments, and even invoice payments.

You pretty much always have a gazillion things on your task list, and it ain’t always fun deciding where to start when you’ve got so many things to do.

Today I’m sharing my own tips on how to be productive while working from home.

I’ve been doing it for quite awhile now, and I’ve picked up my own productivity tips along the way.

Here’s how to be productive while working from home!


Tips for being productive while working from home


1. Treat working from home like a 9-5

One huge productivity tip for getting your mind into work mode is treating it like you’re at an actual 9-5.

Wake up at 7 AM, have some breakfast, make some coffee or tea, and be ready at your desk bright and early.

Even though you’re working from home on your own schedule, you should still try to be as much of a morning person as possible.

I personally work a lot more than 8 hours a day, but I generally try and get the bulk of things done during the standard 9-5 timeframe.

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2. “Get ready” for work

As nice as it is to spend all day with no pants on, it’s not the ideal outfit to get your brain into the zone.

You don’t have to put on a full face of makeup and jeans.

Even something as simple as a t-shirt and nice joggers will do the trick.

Doing your morning skincare routine and brushing your teeth can also help to put you into a more productive mood!

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3. Sit at a designated desk or workspace

Get off your bed and sit up in an actual chair with a desk.

If you don’t have a desk, give yourself a designated work area, such as at your dining table or kitchen island.

I usually switch between the couch and desk, depending on whether Adam is playing video games and whether I have projects with close deadlines that I really need to focus on.

Having a designated workspace just helps to keep you more productive!


4. Keep your space clean

I know when I have clothes and papers and things scattered everywhere, my productivity levels drop.

Having a clean space can help to lower your anxiety and make your mind feel a lot less decluttered.

You don’t have to scrub your house down and stuff everything you have into drawers, but having a moderately clean space will help you to be more productive.

If you live in a pig sty, your brain will feel like a pig sty!

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5. Create to-do lists, schedules, and deadlines

Something that you absolutely need to do is create a calendar with your work schedule and deadlines.

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This way, you can keep track of everything that needs to get done and when it needs to get done.

It also helps to write a daily to-do list so you know exactly what you need to get done each day.

My calendar typically has more broad tasks like “create content for X” and “write article for X”, while my daily to-do list has more specific things like “shoot photos” and “submit content”.

I have a mixture of both small and large tasks throughout the day, and creating to-do lists, schedules, and deadlines help to keep me on top of it all!

My favourite platform for managing my calendar is Asana, and I just use my Apple Reminders app for my to-do list.

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6. Meal prep ahead of time

As much as I’d like to create gourmet meals for myself everyday, ain’t no one got time for that.

Sometimes I even forget to eat lunch, or I end up eating at odd times because I’m so caught up with my work.

Spend one or two days a week meal prepping your lunches so you don’t have to worry about what to eat for lunch during the week.

Here are a few easy lunch recipes you can meal prep during the week:

  • Honey garlic chicken with bok choy and rice
  • Chinese stir fry beef (oyster sauce, soy sauce, honey) with broccoli and rice
  • Burrito bowls with ground beef, kale, tomatoes, corn, avocado, and black beans
  • Poké bowls with raw salmon, chopped veggies, and rice

7. Spend a couple of hours at a coffee shop

Sometimes there are those days where it feels like you simply can’t get anything done at home.

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Which is where working at local coffee shops comes in!

Visit your favourite café and work amongst fellow freelancers.

If you have any other freelancer friends, it’s nice to meet up and work alongside them.

That way, you can have “coworkers” to talk to when you take breaks.

Being around other productive people can help to boost your own productivity as well!

To avoid distractions by people coming in to chat or have meetings, I like to listen to music using my AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones.

They’re wireless, so you can run to the bathroom without having to take them off.

They also sit over your ears instead of inside, so you can still hear what’s going around around you!

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I always bring my AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones with me when I work at local coffee shops!

8. Stop working in the evening

While you could work into the late hours of the night, you need to have a proper work and life balance.

Otherwise, your entire life will feel like work and you may get burnt out.

I know I have a problem with being a workaholic, but I try to log off at 10 PM every night at the latest.

Spend your evening relaxing, doing self-care, and rewarding yourself for working so hard during the day!


Working from home definitely takes a lot of motivation, but it’s so worth the flexibility and freedom.

As a freelancer, I pretty much spend almost all the hours of my day working, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Having control and being able to truly reap the benefits of my own hard work is what makes it all worth it.

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Do you also work from home? What are some of your tips on how to be productive while working from home? I’d love to know in the comments!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on ways to make your daily commute more enjoyable, or any of my other posts on career and finance tips.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Working from home and finding it difficult to stay motivated? Here are some helpful tips on how to be more productive while working at home!

Photos by Adam G. & Jessica L.

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