Work from home productivity checklist

Work From Home Challenges

  • You work near to the environment you relax in, so the line between work and play can become blurred
  • You need to create your own work environment and provide your own tools and software
  • You are surrounded by distractions
  • There is no accountability and no one leaning over your shoulder
  • You don’t have a need to exercise or to go outside

The worst-case scenario therefore is that you end up:

  • Working late
  • Staring late
  • Not shaving or washing
  • Working in pyjamas
  • Never going outside or exercising

Work From Home Tips

  • Finish work quickly so that you can end when you like
  • Create the ideal environment to work in for your sensibilities
  • Spend more time with the people and things you love
  • Use lifestyle design to choose how and when you will work

Productivity Hacks

  • Eat the frog – this means completing your biggest and most unpleasant job first
  • The one minute rule – finish tasks that will take one minute or less immediately
  • The Pomodoro technique/creating rewards – you can’t work for 8 hours straight, so schedule breaks during the day and keep track of them
  • Start tomorrow’s job – start tomorrow’s task before you clock off and now you don’t need to start that from fresh first thing tomorrow.
  • We also hate unfinished tasks, so it will be easier to pick this up right
  • away
  • Use to-do lists – add anything you can’t finish to your list and then have a schedule time (20 minutes toward the end of the day, perhaps) to go through those items

How To Optimize Your Home Office

  • Should be tidy
  • Use systems to keep it organized
  • Try using a paper tray/file system with work you are working on,
  • work you need this week, work that you won’t need for a while but
  • can’t dispose of
  • Go paperless where possible
  • Spend ten minutes at the end of the day completing tasks


  • The right temperature, lighting, and décor will have a physiological effect
  • on your body, altering your mood and ability to focus!
  • The right chair and desk are important to prevent strain and other issues
  • Having more than one place to sit can be an effective way to prevent
  • health issues and also to keep things fresh so you don’t feel stagnant
  • and trapped

Use images of people who inspire you
Use examples of great work in your field

Powerful Apps and Gadgets:

  • Todoist is a fantastic to-do app that will help you to set tasks and then stick to them.
  • Powerful natural language interpretation makes this easier to use
  • Notion is an incredible note-taking software that many people describe as a “second brain”
  • Zoom is useful video conferencing, used by most professionals and
  • organizations
  • Asana is project management for teams and is extremely useful
  • Docusign is used for signing documents when you can’t be physically present
  • Google Drive offers cost effective cloud storage and also collaboration tools
  • Sharepoint is a Microsoft alternative to Google Drive. Very useful for collaboration using Microsoft Office tools
  • Freedom is an app that lets you block other apps and websites that usually take up your time
  • RescueTime lets you see how you’re spending your time throughout the day
  • The Apple Watch is a surprisingly powerful productivity tool
  • Keep your to-dos on your wrist
  • Check notifications without getting out your phone
  • Monitor your stats (such as steps) to ensure optimal health

Healthy Habits

  • Make sure you spend at least some time outdoors
  • Vitamin D is crucial for hormone balance, mood, and sleep
  • Get some form of exercise
  • Cardio
  • Mobility/strength from something like yoga or calisthenics
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Try to get social contact
  • Images of faces on your desk can have a healthy impact
  • Better is to meet friends for lunch, make calls, or hang out after work
  • Make sure you prioritize your sleep
  • Create a strict separation between work and relaxation

Arnab Ghosh

My name is Arnab Ghosh. I have been working as a Corporate professional for the past 19 years. After completing my graduation from City College {University of Calcutta}, I started my career with R.S.Software India, followed by Vedika Software Pvt.Ltd. Have worked with industry giants such as Convergys, Satyam Nipuna Services, Wipro BPO, Tata Teleservices Limited, Aircel, TaxiForSure, Brainware University among others. I am a certified trainer from Aircel Academy – Manager As a Coach & Trainer. I have also completed certifications from TBO Academy & Alison Education in the field of “Soft Skills“, the knowledge of which I apply to my students at my University regularly. I have also successfully completed “The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing” certification from Google and “Digital Marketing Course” from TBO Academy. I was awarded “Google Analytics for Beginners” certificate by Google after successfully completing their course. I have achieved CEFR level B2 (Upper Intermediate) in a test of English proficiency from the British Council English Score. I am a bundle of drive, energy, commitment, and dedication and firmly believe in living my life in my own terms, be it working my heart out to achieve business targets or enjoying my spare time doing things that give me joy and feelings of contentment. My hobbies include reading books & listening to music and blogging. I sincerely believe that one should never lose focus in life and that one has to put in a lot of hard work & effort to reach the top.

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