14 Ways to Increase Productivity while Working from Home

  • Mar 27, 2020


As more of the American workforce adjusts to working from home, this new normal may be a bit challenging. In the past, remote employees often listed benefits such as; no commute, more family time, less stress, and saving money as reasons they enjoyed working from home. What's the number one reason people cite? It increases their productivity and focus. (1)

Working remotely doesn’t necessarily mean you are confined to your desk for 8 hours staring at a computer screen. Taking time to de-stress with something fun can boost happiness and result in a 12% spike in employee productivity. This may be a good idea since unhappy workers are 10% less productive than the average. (2)

Taking breaks while working from home can lead to happy workers who exceed expectations, achieve goals, and perform at higher rates.  To help you increase your productivity while working remotely, here are several ideas for having fun while maintaining a positive impact on your business.

1. Create a break zone.


Take regular breaks away from your desk with a fun and relaxing “breakout” zone where you can go to clear your mind. It doesn’t have to be a major task – it could be relaxing in the comfiest seat of your home, dipping your toes in the pool, or playing a quick desktop game to inspire creativity.  

 2. Celebrate wins.

According to Teresa M. Amabile, a leading researcher on organizational study says, “Of all the events that occur on best days, one stood out well above the rest – simply making progress on meaningful work. We call this the “progress principle.” When it's not feasible to be face-to-face with your colleagues, let them know the milestones you've made, and recognize their successes, via virtual communication like email, zoom, chat, or social media.

3. Accessorize with color.

The colors around us can truly impact our physical and emotional response, as well as mood. Be sure to choose work space accessories that positively impact output. One top color choice is blue hues, which have been shown to boost productivity by stimulating the mind.

4. De-clutter and organize with style.


They say creativity may be born out of clutter; however, disorganization doesn’t contribute much to staying focused and productive. Take a few minutes every morning, and at the end of the day, to make sure things are filed, organized, and out of sight to avoid distractions. Try this desktop tray to help you get organized.

5. Get moving!

Incorporating physical activity into your day can increase concentration, improve memory, encourage faster learning, enhance creativity, and lower stress. Try a walk & talk conference call, step outside, or do a fitness activity like planks or sit-ups with some fun music. These activities will help to keep you motivated and pumped for the remainder of the day. (3)

6. Design your digital spaces.

Update your company computer with the most recent software for eliciting productivity without disruptions. Try using focus apps or scheduling apps to stay on-track and at peak focus.

7. Let the dogs out.


Study participants who worked with a dog nearby ranked their colleagues higher on trust and team cohesion than those who didn’t. Why? Cuddling dogs is a stress reliever, increases happiness and therefore, productivity. If you have a pup at home, give them a quick pet or run your latest idea by them. As your top supporter, your pup will probably find your ideas PAWfect. 

8. Add a touch of nature.

As biological creatures, people want access to the natural world, even if they are sitting at a desk most of the day. Keep shades open, install nature pictures as screen savers, and put plants on your desk. Research shows live plants make people more productive, happier, and less stressed while working. (4)

9. Decorate with your brand.

Providing an environment that’s attractive and fun can make your work from home space more enjoyable. Stay connected with your business by using drinkware and desk accessories with your brand’s message, and wearing logo'd apparel to stay in touch with your company mission.

10. Display photos.


Simply displaying photos of family members, vacations, friends, and pets can help establish positive feelings while working. Studies have even shown that looking at cute animal pictures at work can actually make people more industrious.

11. What’s your hobby?

Most people are passionate about some type of hobby. Spending time doing things you love is a good way to beat stress, recharge, and bond with people who have common interests. Be sure to keep regular work hours and shut down your computer at the end of the day to enjoy your hobbies. In other words, be sure to practice work-life balance.

12. Take a Moment to Recharge.

Take a break to meditate, rest, dance, exercise, brainstorm or whatever you prefer, to reduce stress. Spending as little as 5 minutes each day to be totally present is directly related to improved focus, memory, clarity, and productivity. (4)

13. Free-share Fridays.


On Friday afternoons schedule a casual virtual meeting to wind down from the week. Have everyone relax with a beverage of their choice while sharing new skills, problems solved, or a new proven process.  This Sequin Can Kooler will add a little pizzazz to your virtual happy hour!

14. Add Room Scents.

How a space smells can impact mood and mindset, and thus productivity. Consider using a diffuser to add scents that help maintain focus. Here are a few examples:

  • Pine to increase alertness
  • Cinnamon to improve focus
  • Lavender to help relax
  • Peppermint to lift moods
  • Citrus to lift spirits and boost alertness (5)

    We at Promotional Incentives are here to help in any way possible during these challenging times. Please feel free to contact me, PromoLucy, 239.549.2555, lucy@promotionalincentives.com

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