How to be Productive when you are working alone

Hello guys, today I am going to talk about a few tips on how to be more productive when working alone. Since most of the people in the world are working from home right now, I think this would be a valuable article who is struggling to be productive.

When you are working at an office and if you get distracted by a co-worker, you may think that you would be able to be more productive if you were working alone at home, right?

Well, it depends. Working at home is not a bed full of roses either. It has its pros and cons. When you are working from home, you don’t have to fight with your own co-worker’s distractions, instead, you have to fight with your mind. When you are at home, you can’t blame on your co-workers for you not being productive. You are responsible for your level of productivity.

This would probably make you realize that the problem is you, not anyone else. So, let’s work on improving your work ethic so that once you are at your office again, you will never get “distracted”.

1. Create a “distraction-free” workspace

Headphones on. Distractions off.

Image Source – freepik.com

First of all, you have to try and minimize the chances of you being distracted. I would always recommend adding a pair of noise-cancelling headphones into your workspace if you can afford it. If not, you could plug your earphones in and listen to this Spotify playlist as I do. I can guarantee you that you are going to be 10 times more focused than before.

2. Learn to get into the flow state more often

I’ve talked about the flow state before. I’m sure all of you have this experience. Have you ever lost the track of time when you are focused on some task for an extended period and you can’t be distracted easily? This is what we call the flow state. When we are in the flow state, working becomes much easier and you are going to work for an extended period.

But the hard part is getting into that flow state. Some people can do this easily, but for most of us, it is a real struggle. This is a skill that can be developed over time. Like every other skill, we have to keep practising to get better at it. In this case, the more you practice the shorter the time you take to get into that flow state will be.

And another thing that would drastically improve your flow state time record is meditation. I know you have heard this many times and yes it is worth all the mentions. When you meditate you are training to focus your mind on something for a longer period. This is important to get into that flow state. If you can focus on some task for a longer period, you will automatically get into the flow state.

Watch this video from motivational speaker, Jay Shetty to learn more about the flow state

Enter the flow state

Video Source – Jay Shetty Youtube Channel

3. Mark your boundaries

This makes me remind you of the need of having a clear schedule on how you are going to go through your day. Here what I am especially saying is that it is not only about ticking off your to-do list. You should have a clear idea about the things you shouldn’t do also.

For example, doing your office tasks is not being productive. Being productive is trying and completing your tasks inside office hours and getting off from work. You always need to have clear boundaries. Unless, you may think you are being productive, but you are not.

4. Do it your way

The final and the most important tip for working alone from home is that you need to find your sound. After all, we all are unique from each other. What I am saying might not sound right for you. You may like to do it in some different way. Go ahead and experiment and find the way that works for you.

The best part about working alone from home is being able to do it on our terms. Don’t let me or anyone else tell you how you should work. Find it yourself. Find a fun way for you to enjoy the work and be productive.

Bonus Tip

If you miss the office badly, visit https://imisstheoffice.eu/ . This website simulates a real working environment. You can thank me later.


So, this is it for today guys. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. If you learned something valuable today, please go ahead and share the website among your friends. Stay safe ✌

Published by Thisura Thenuka

I am a passionate software engineering student. But cricket is my first love ❤

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