7 Essential Strategies for Boosting Productivity When Working from Home

I‚Äôve been work¬≠ing from home for the past 12 years.

In that time, I‚Äôve moved at least 6 times and learned a ton.

If you want to lev¬≠el up your work-from-home game, here are the 7 things you need to do:

1. Des¬≠ig¬≠nate a ded¬≠i¬≠cat¬≠ed work¬≠space #

Find a qui¬≠et, com¬≠fort¬≠able spot in your home that‚Äôs strict¬≠ly for work. This sep¬≠a¬≠ra¬≠tion helps in men¬≠tal¬≠ly shift¬≠ing to ‚Äč‚Äúwork mode‚ÄĚ and main¬≠tain¬≠ing a healthy work-life balance.

In the ear¬≠ly days, my work¬≠space con¬≠sist¬≠ed of a tiny desk and a Toshi¬≠ba laptop.

You don’t need much, it just needs to be your space where work happens.

2. Set clear bound­aries #

Com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠cate your work hours to your fam¬≠i¬≠ly and stick to them. This includes set¬≠ting bound¬≠aries against inter¬≠rup¬≠tions and cre¬≠at¬≠ing ‚Äč‚Äúdo-not-dis¬≠turb‚ÄĚ sig¬≠nals for times when you‚Äôre deeply focused.

Set your­self up for as few dis­trac­tions as pos­si­ble so that you can stay in the flow.

3. Fol¬≠low a struc¬≠tured sched¬≠ule #

Start and end your day at pre­dictable times. Decide when you’ll take lunch, when you’ll take breaks, etc.

Con­sis­ten­cy is key to main­tain­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and work rhythm.

I need to do bet­ter here because my lunchtime has been incon­sis­tent for the past cou­ple of months.

4. Embrace asyn­chro­nous com­mu­ni­ca­tion #

Get com­fort­able with asyn­chro­nous com­mu­ni­ca­tion, being clear and detailed in your writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tions to min­i­mize back-and-forth and delays.

While remote work does require some time over­lap where every­one is work­ing at the same time for bet­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion, instant respons­es should not be the default expectation.

My team is high¬≠ly col¬≠lab¬≠o¬≠ra¬≠tive. As devel¬≠op¬≠ers work¬≠ing across dif¬≠fer¬≠ent lan¬≠guages, frame¬≠works, and projects, we often ping each oth¬≠er for infor¬≠ma¬≠tion or del¬≠e¬≠ga¬≠tion, but we do it in a way where we don‚Äôt become each other‚Äôs bot¬≠tle neck by hav¬≠ing the right expec¬≠ta¬≠tions and workflows.

If I have a ques¬≠tion, I‚Äôll ask it, then pro¬≠ceed to the next item on my list.

5. Take reg­u­lar breaks #

Sched¬≠ule short, fre¬≠quent breaks to step away from your desk. Use this time to stretch, take a brief walk, or just relax your mind.

Reg¬≠u¬≠lar breaks help pre¬≠vent burnout and main¬≠tain high pro¬≠duc¬≠tiv¬≠i¬≠ty through¬≠out the day.

One excep¬≠tion here, at least for me, is that I don‚Äôt like to take breaks when I‚Äôm in the flow.

As a tech lead, I spend a lot of time in meet¬≠ings. Those in-the-flow moments are less fre¬≠quent now.

6. Pri­or­i­tize sleep and well-being #

Ensure you get enough rest­ful sleep each night. Good sleep enhances focus, cre­ativ­i­ty, and prob­lem-solv­ing skills, which are cru­cial for devel­op­ers. Also, take time for activ­i­ties that pro­mote men­tal and phys­i­cal health.

This is anoth¬≠er area where I need to do better.

In the past few days, I‚Äôve been div¬≠ing deep into con¬≠tent cre¬≠ation, so I haven‚Äôt got¬≠ten much sleep.

In fact, I‚Äôm writ¬≠ing this arti¬≠cle at 2 am ūüė¨

7. Cre­ate an end-of-day rou­tine #

Just as you have a rou¬≠tine to start your day, cre¬≠ate one to end it strong. This could be review¬≠ing what you accom¬≠plished, set¬≠ting tasks for the next day, or sim¬≠ply shut¬≠ting down your computer.

Bonus #

No mat­ter what work you do, ensure that your envi­ron­ment at home sup­ports you enough to always know:

I call it: ‚Äč‚ÄúWork¬≠ing to WIN‚ÄĚ

Clos­ing thoughts #

Work¬≠ing from home as a devel¬≠op¬≠er is not just about main¬≠tain¬≠ing pro¬≠duc¬≠tiv¬≠i¬≠ty, but also about sus¬≠tain¬≠ing a healthy and bal¬≠anced lifestyle.

These tips are designed to help you struc­ture your day effec­tive­ly, ensur­ing both high pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and well-being.

What‚Äôs your secret to a suc¬≠cess¬≠ful work-from-home routine?

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Who wrote this article?

Selvin OrtizūüĎč

I'm a software engineer and tech lead. I help business owners automate systems with AI ūüöÄ

On this blog, I write about Software development, Generative AI, and Technical Leadership ‚ú®

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