The pandemic changed the workforce dramatically, especially when it comes to office use. Many companies have shifted to a hybrid work-from-home system, if not entirely remote. Working remotely comes with some great benefits, including more schedule flexibility and working from the comfort of your own home! However, working outside of a designated office space can also pose challenges for productivity. If keeping on track while working remotely is challenging for you, try some of these productivity hacks!

Schedule Out Your Day

Take time to schedule out how you plan to spend your time, from working on different tasks to taking breaks. Having break times scheduled will make it less tempting to take breaks when you start to feel unproductive and give you something to look forward to throughout the day. A pre-planned schedule helps add structure to your day and ensures you use your time wisely.

Make Time for Movement

When working in an office, you probably walk around more than you think–from walking to and from the parking lot, to going to meetings, to getting coffee in the breakroom. At home, there’s a lot less natural movement. Even if working out isn’t your thing, taking some intentional time to get up from your desk, stretch, or even go for a short walk will help keep energy flowing.

Set Up a Dedicated Workspace

It might be tempting to work from the comfort of your couch, but if you find yourself getting a little too comfy and struggling to focus, that might be a sign you need a better workspace. Even if you don’t have a dedicated office space, finding somewhere to set up a small desk and organizing all of your papers and materials can help create a more productive workspace, rather than working from the couch you associate with relaxation.

Dress for Productivity

Some people can be incredibly productive in sweatpants and an old t-shirt, but if you’re struggling with productivity, consider dressing a little bit more professionally. Obviously, you don’t usually need to dress as if you’re going into the office, but taking the time to change into “work” clothes can help set a productive mindset. The sweats will be waiting at the end of your work hours!

Reduce Distractions

Distractions can be plentiful when working from home. Some people work well with music or a TV show playing in the background, but it might be time to stop if you find these things pulling your attention away from your work. If you’re checking your personal phone every five minutes, silence it and put it in another room. You can check notifications on your breaks! For people who struggle to work in silence but can’t focus with the distraction of music, try instrumentals or a white noise app.