Life & work tipsPassion 18 May 2017
5 tips for working from home effectively

Working from home can be an absolute delight. You’re flexible and you don’t have to ask anyone permission to take a break, have some coffee with a friend and do shopping when the caffeine kicks in.

But it can be an utter disaster that kills your productivity too, when you’re working from a house full of memories and distractions. It’s a place we associate with free time and it’s easy for you to become your own worst enemy. How do you keep your work life separated from your home life and how do you stay focused and productive? Here is a rundown of five things you should keep in mind.

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1. Clean house policy
As tempting as it might be, you can’t vacuum the floor, do the dishes, do laundry and clean up your living room during work hours. It works counter productive. Try and maintain a clean house policy, so you won’t feel tempted to clear up your mess. That said, It’s okay to clean during breaks (I would prefer doing something different, though). Read more about the best methods for breaks below.

2. Take regular breaks
Walk breaks are crucial. Research shows that talking with colleagues during walks increases your productivity. That said, you don’t have any direct colleagues when you work from home. A great time management method is the Pomodori Technique: set a timer for 25 minutes and take a five-minute break. Do a set of four ‘Pomodoris’, and have a longer break. There’s so much you can do in the five minutes in between!

3. Set up a specific place
Keep your work life separated from your home life and set up an office in a specific place. Working from a specific place only for work helps you psychologically. There’s always a spot:, even in a small apartment (I have a small office in my bedroom – no pun intended). Invest in a comfy chair, laptop stand, mouse, and keyboard. It doesn’t have to require a splurge.

4. Set goals
For the sake of your mental health, create a daily work schedule. Whether you start from 7 AM or 11 AM, try and set work hours for yourself and create boundaries. When you start, make a list of your to-do’s for that day. Didn’t make it to the end of the list? It’s okay. There’s a new day tomorrow.

5. Change of scenery 
Sometimes, inspiration requires a change of scenery. Treat yourself to an office-away-from-home every now and then. Just because you can. All you need is good wifi, even better coffee and some comfy seats. Don’t forget to save your coffee receipts for taxes (tax deductions make life better – install the free app Scanbot and you’ll never loose those receipts again). We’ve listed our favorite work-friendly cafes and bars across Amsterdam here.

And whatever you do, do it well and protect your weekends!

Leave a Reply to Nicolette Cancel reply


    Thank you so much for this tips. I´m working from home too, and it´s really a little difficult sometimes…

    XoXo from Germany

    Neele vom Fashionblog

    Urgh ik wou dat ik wat meer discipline had en dit kon volhouden!

    Hahaha bekend probleem, bij vlagen. Tot ik een jaar of twee geleden die pomodori methode toepaste. Geprobeerd?

    I agree with the clean house policy…I can’t work in a mess lol… I have recently hired a cleaning lady so that helps.

    That’s such a good idea. I did the same. An investment that definitely pays off.

    These are some great tips! X

    Thank yooou! :)

    Due to the layout and lighting of my apartment, I actually feel stifled. I usually just camp out at a favorite coffee shop with my back to foot traffic. I agree with Charmaine, at work my desk must be clean, too. Ha, all of my pictures and hanging papers are evenly spaced so they are visually neat as well.

    Ahhh. I understand. Coffee shops are great too. But not always that ergonomic… ;)

    It’s important to avoid “procrastination cleaning”, but there’s also so much yes for having a clean house. I think it applies everywhere, too. Just any work environment. At my desk job, I MUST have a clean desk, or else I can’t concentrate.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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