The Secret to Productivity That No One Wants to Hear!

In this series of work-at-home articles, I’ve talked about creative ways to get inspired, fun ways to make your workspace enjoyable, and new ways to stay motivated. Today, however, I’m going to give you simply one piece of advice, and it won’t be popular but it is the truth! Here it is:

Sometimes the best way to be effective and productive while working at home is to simply get your head down, put on those blinders and get to work!

I like to think sometimes that if I print out pretty labels for my file folders, arrange my desk beautifully, write specific to-do lists, or read motivating sayings that I might do a better job at working. But spending the extra time to run out and buy or print out fancy labels isn’t helping my work get done… it’s called procrastination! And lots of times we use these creative ideas not to make us work better, faster, or more efficiently, but to simply procrastinate! I would much rather create pretty folders than work, wouldn’t you? But I know that it isn’t going to help me get anywhere but behind.

So the next time you think you need motivation, follow Nike’s advice in getting down to business: “Just Do It”!! Set a timer on your watch, your computer, or even on your oven and decide that you are going to work for X amount of time before taking a break. Then follow through. Don’t get up, don’t re-write your to-do list, don’t decide to organize instead of getting real tasks accomplished. Just bury your head in your work and forget about all the fun distractions.

The great secret is that you will feel so good when you are done spending those hours doing nothing but working. You will be proud of yourself for getting so much accomplished, and you will have been more productive than any cute pinterest idea could have produced.

Work is work, and sometimes we just have to get it done! Go for it, and then pat yourself on the back for putting in the effort!

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About Meredith

Meredith Hilton is a work-at-home and stay-at-home mom, raising three kids and running her own business. In addition to owning her own part-time law practice, she is a stylist for Stella & Dot. Meredith blogs at A Blessed and Blissful Life and at her family site, Chase and More. Read more about her here.


  1. That’s a depressing secret *g* But you’re totally right! Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to work on the computer that much, because it offers too much distraction =) xo Anja

  2. Oh, alright…. Darn it!

  3. I took classes online from home and sometimes I found that I just needed to START and once I started I was good to go. It was the preparing to do something that was the hardest.

  4. If I may add another productivity tip; I have to admit that procrastination is the biggest challenge for someone like us who’s working from home. And sometimes, it’s just so hard to focus on work.
    What I do is exercise. Yes, one secret to greater productivity is to keep fit. Exercise increases energy level, helps you sleep better and improves your focus and concentration. I find it pretty effective.


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