7 Essential Strategies for Boosting Productivity When Working from Home

Selvin Ortiz

3 months ago

I've been working from home for the past 12 years.

In that time, I've moved at least 6 times and learned a ton.

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

1. Designate a dedicated workspace

Find a quiet, comfortable spot in your home that's strictly for work. This separation helps in mentally shifting to "work mode" and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

In the early days, my workspace consisted of a tiny desk and a Toshiba laptop.

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

2. Set clear boundaries

Communicate your work hours to your family and stick to them. This includes setting boundaries against interruptions and creating "do-not-disturb" signals for times when you're deeply focused.

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

3. Follow a structured schedule

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 highly collaborative. As developers working across different languages, frameworks, and projects, we often ping each other for information or delegation, but we do it in a way where we don't become each other's bottle neck by having the right expectations and workflows.

If I have a question, I'll ask it, then proceed to the next item on my list.

5. Take regular breaks

Schedule short, frequent breaks to step away from your desk. Use this time to stretch, take a brief walk, or just relax your mind.

Regular breaks help prevent burnout and maintain high productivity throughout the day.

One exception here, at least for me, is that I don't like to take breaks when I'm in the flow.

As a tech lead, I spend a lot of time in meetings. Those in-the-flow moments are less frequent 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 another area where I need to do better.

In the past few days, I've been diving deep into content creation, so I haven't gotten much sleep.

In fact, I'm writing this article at 2 am 😬

7. Create an end-of-day routine

Just as you have a routine to start your day, create one to end it strong. This could be reviewing what you accomplished, setting tasks for the next day, or simply shutting down your computer.


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

  • What's important now
  • What's important next

I call it: "Working to WIN"

Closing thoughts

Working from home as a developer is not just about maintaining productivity, but also about sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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

What's your secret to a successful work-from-home routine?

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Who wrote this article?

Selvin Ortiz👋

I'm a software engineer and content creator.
I help brands develop software and content strategies 🚀

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