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How to Increase Productivity When Working From Home

by Nathan Dennis

Maximize and sustain that productivity while working at home.

Welcome back to the Smallpdf series on how to not go crazy to stay productive while working remotely. Here are some more tips on how to increase productivity.

Try the Pomodoro Method


The Pomodoro (Italian for Tomato!) method has gained a lot of prominence for productivity increases. Here are the steps.

  1. Choose a task.

  2. Work on the task for 25 minutes.

  3. Take a 5 minute break.

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 three additional times (a total of four cycles)

  5. Take a longer break.

  6. Repeat the process until your workday is up.

Not a bad method! Plus, you get all those fun breaks sprinkled in. Just make sure that 5 minute break doesn’t become a 15 minute break which doesn’t become a 45 minute break.

Keep a To-Do List


I am the worst about this, but it’s critical. You ought to keep a to-do list. This way, you can visualize all the tasks you need to get done over the day. Then, when you complete a task, you get to cross it off! The visual cross-off is often quite gratifying, which helps spur you to complete the entire list, thus ending your day with a feeling of completion and accomplishment!

Eliminate Distractions


Easier said than done, but you need to eliminate distractions or your work will suffer. For me, that has been checking the news. A good way to reduce these distractions is to set aside a time when you will allow yourself to be distracted (perhaps during one of those five minute Pomodoro breaks??). This way, you give yourself little reprieves throughout the day.

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Nathan Dennis Guest Writer
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