Toggle Menu
  1. Home/
  2. Business/
  3. Careers/

How to boost your productivity when you work from home

Does it often seems difficult for you to be productive outside the office? There are a few tips that will help you be more productive when you work from home.

Although “the home office is the worst of both worlds,” according to Lisa Zaslow, productivity and organization expert and founder of Gotham Organizers, there are some tricks that help you be more productive even at home, CNBC reports.

Here is what you should do to avoid distractions and reach peak at-home productivity:

Get out of pajamas

Forget working in your pajamas! Although it might seem one of the best parts about working from home, getting dressed for work, even when you’re working from your couch, will help you increase productivity.

According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, professionals perform better on tasks when wearing clothes with “symbolic meaning”. Researchers discovered that doctors were more focused and performed better at work when wearing a lab coat. Also, according to the study by Joy V. Peluchette and Katherine Karl “respondents felt most authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire, but friendliest when wearing casual or business casual attire.”

“Although a dress code may seem silly when you think about working from home, work clothes impact you on a business and personal level and can affect your career,” workplace expert Mason Donovan, author of “The Golden Apple: Redefining Work-Life Balance for a Diverse Workforce,” told Fast Company.

Optimal noise level might increase your productivity

One of the few things to avoid when working at home is a noisy work space, because, according to the Journal of Consumer Research, high levels of noise tend to reduce a person’s ability to process information and think creatively. Also, intermittent conversation where talking starts and stops frequently is bad for productivity.

When it comes to the noise that should help you to work at full capacity, things seem to be complicated. Thus, while background music has been shown to be helpful with clearly-defined, repetitive tasks and to reduce stress before and while working, music with lyrics can significantly reduce a person’s ability to focus.

On the other hand, low levels of background noise have been shown to increase information processing and creative thinking, while other research revealed that silence is best for work that requires high levels of concentration.

Also, several studies have shown that more than anything else, a person’s mood or feeling about a type of noise may matter more than the actual type of noise.

Lastly, it’s important that you determine your optimal noise-level at home and create a space to match it.

Let the phone away

Studies also revealed that the human brain isn’t very good at multitasking, therefore you shouldn’t be tempted by frequent Snapchat or Facebook messaging while you’re working.

“Put your phone away,” Zaslow says.

Still, if you need to keep your phone nearby for work-related communication, you should turn off sound notifications for anything other than calls or texts.

Madeline Gorthon