How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind


It’s 2017 and quite a lot of people work out of their homes. Whether it’s your job, you’re an online student, or you’re a blogger, being at home most of the day can be a bit overwhelming. Although home is the most comfortable place for most of us, often you may feel like you’re trapped which results in not being as productive as you could be. Here are my tips on how to work from home without losing your mind!

Work with others who work from home

If you have any friends or colleagues who also work from home, it could be a great idea to get a little work group started. Being around productive, creative people can help motivate and inspire you. You can alternate from each persons home and work together a few times a week. This will help you feel less alone and be a great way to connect with others in similar fields! If you’re a online student or a blogger you can also do the same as well.

Take Many Breaks + Go Outside

It’s important to give yourself enough breaks throughout the day. Because you work from home there may not be that standard 9-5 working hours. Take a break every 2-3 hours for 5-10 minutes. Get a snack, do some stretches, or even stand outside to get some sun. Getting up and out of where you are working will help you be more focused when you come back to it.

Give yourself a clean, comfortable place to work

Having a comfortable, clean place for you to do your work is the most important thing. Create a space in your home where there isn’t a lot of noise and where you feel comfortable enough to sit for hours. Make sure you organize and clean the space, because the less clutter the clearer your mind will be. It can be a desk in your room, your kitchen/dining room table, or even on your deck/porch outside! Spend time figuring out where you work best.


Working anywhere can result in us forgetting to hydrate our bodies. At the start of the work day fill up a giant glass of water (my favorite is this carafe from Ikea), and keep it on your desk. If you are extremely bad at hydrating set little reminders on your phone to go off throughout the day. This will help your mind be more sharp and your body be ready for whatever work is to come!

Work in different places

Sometimes no matter how comfortable your workspace is at home, you have to get out of the house. There are plenty of other places you can do your work. You can find a local cafe that has wifi and good seating, and a bonus is you’re supporting a local small business! You can also always go to a park or lake to work. If you don’t want to leave your house go spend the day working in a different room. You can also try standing while you work!

Music without words

Working at home by yourself can get very quite. Find some music that you like, preferably without words so you won’t be distracted. Play it on a low setting as some background noise to help make the space more lively. You can also turn on the TV low if you can still concentrate with someone talking.

Plan Plan Plan

Because you work at home no one is telling you what you have to do for the day. Planning out your work day before you even start working is going to help you get more done. Start by writing out all the task you want to accomplish, big and small. Then tackle the ones you can do in 5 minutes. After that, start ordering them in importance of when they need to be completed. If you have anywhere you need to be, write that down too. This way you can jump start your work day, and not have to worry about forgetting anything!

And those are my tips for how to work at home without losing your mind! Be sure to also give my tips to help stay productive when working from home post a read. If you do work from home, let me know what you do!

9 responses to “How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind”

  1. Kim says:

    Aaah I would give anything to work from home! I am quite a home body. But I can imagine that you’d lose your mind after a while! I love the idea of music without words. Usually I need dead silence when I’m working, but some background music would be nice! Also planning is everything!

    Simply Lovebirds

  2. Velvet Blush says:

    I agree, sometimes I feel like even if I’ve had the whole day I’m not so productive. I definitely need to get into the routine of planning more, (and remembering to drink water!) x

    Velvet Blush

  3. Claire says:

    I’ve been working for home for coming up to five years now, and I co sign all of these! I’d also say that unless you have the kind of job where you need to check in with an office throughout the day, don’t stress too much about exact schedules. Sometimes if it’s sunny I’ll give myself the afternoon off then come home and work into the evening – as long as the work gets done, what difference does it make?!

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad you can agree with all of these Claire! And you are so right! Having the freedom of not having an exact schedule and to enjoy a sunny day is what makes working at home so great x

  4. Julia says:

    I’ve really been trying to create a nice space for myself to do work but I find it really difficult at my house because it’s just designed so that so many of the rooms are open, so it doesn’t really feel like I can find a space just for me…

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I understand the feeling! You could always try getting a room divider, or use plants to kind of separate off a section for you to work x

  5. Stacey says:

    These are all wonderful tips to follow! I work from home and I don’t know others who work from home so it does get lonely at times. I need to find music without words. If you have any recommendations I’d love to know!

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