The ultimate guide to staying engaged
and inspired while you work from home
- based on real experience.

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While many businesses have returned to normal operations by having their employees work from the office again, working from home has become the norm for many of us. It can still be a very productive approach to business operations, if done right. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 strategies you can follow to help you stay engaged and inspired. We believe following these tips can help you excel this year. They have been inspired by the personal experiences of WIRUlink’s very own employees, who have shared their valuable insights and practical tips for staying engaged and inspired while working from home, to help others navigate this.

Top 10 ways to boost productivity at your home office

Listen to background music

Studies continue to show that background music boosts concentration, mindset, and performance. This strategy had the highest votes among WIRUlink’s team members. Knowing whether this strategy will truly benefit you depends on three things; whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, and your level of creativity. Extroverts are shown to need more sensorial stimulation, whereas introverts can thrive in silence. Additionally, the more creative you are, the more likely it is that you’ll benefit from background music. So switch on the radio or make an inspiring background music playlist, see what works for you as an individual.

Make a to-do list for the next workday

This was voted as the second-best way you can be more productive at your home office. Before you conclude your workday, make a to-do list of your priorities for the next workday. Having a list of top things to do creates a clear goal for the day, prevents procrastination, makes it easier to start and gives you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. So, before you switch off your computer, make that list and see how you automatically feel more motivated to get things done the next day.

Get in the habit of dressing for the ‘office’

Here’s one that may seem unnecessary and tedious because you may be alone when you work from home and don’t need to dress to impress, but believe it or not, it works! Research shows that what you wear, affects your alertness and has a psychological impact on your level of motivation. This is why you feel more fit in your workout clothes and more professional in your work clothes. So instead of staying in your pajamas or throwing on that comfortable t-shirt you usually wear over the weekend, put something on that signals to your brain it’s time for work, and see how your productivity improves.

Have regular check-ins with colleagues

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, working from home can get lonely some days and affect your productivity. Regular check-ins with colleagues has really helped the WIRUlink team with this one. Whether it’s to vent for a moment or just to have your colleagues in the ‘room’ while you work, apps like Discord can help create that virtual ‘office environment’. You can still mute your earphones and microphone when you feel you need some silence to complete a project. Also check-in with a colleague and just have a coffee or some tea, as it’ll surely inspire you to get motivated and have a sense of "belonging".

Keep your workspace organised

Maintaining an organised workspace is crucial for productivity and reducing stress levels while working from home. This extends to both physical and digital clutter, as disorganised files and unnecessary programs can impede your ability to complete tasks efficiently. A cluttered computer desktop or disorganised filing system can lead to frustration and even procrastination. To combat this, make a conscious effort to keep your physical workspace tidy and your computer files organised. Delete unused programs to free up space and ensure that everything you need is easy to find. This will help you stay productive and focused on the tasks at hand.

Stick to a routine or change things up

Establishing a routine can help you stay organised and focused while working from home, but it's important to make sure your routine enhances your performance, not hinders it. If you prefer structure, consider planning out specific activities throughout the day, such as taking a 20-minute walk in the morning or running errands during your lunch break. However, if you're not a fan of routines, embrace your flexibility and change things up as needed to keep things interesting. Ultimately, the key is to create an environment that supports your productivity and allows you to do your best work.

Put on those workout clothes

Not only does physical activity improve overall health and wellness, but it also increases energy levels, reduces stress and anxiety, and enhances cognitive function. Research shows that taking breaks to engage in physical activity throughout the day can increase focus and creativity, and ultimately lead to higher levels of productivity. Whether it's a quick walk around the block, or a full workout, incorporating exercise into your daily routine can provide numerous benefits to both your physical and mental well-being, and help you tackle your work with renewed focus and energy.

Encourage the celebration of small wins

Encouraging the celebration of small wins is a powerful way to boost productivity and morale. It can also help an individual feel appreciated and valued for their hard work. As colleagues, it's important to create an environment where recognition is not only expected but celebrated. Taking the time to acknowledge a job well done, no matter how small, can go a long way in motivating someone to keep pushing forward. Keep posting recognition on company WhatsApp groups, so that everyone can see and share in the success. By celebrating the small wins, you can create a positive workplace culture that inspires and motivates everyone to do their best.

Just do it

According to James Clear's book, "Atomic Habits," motivation isn't always the driving force behind action, but rather a result of it. He suggests that taking small actions, even if they seem insignificant, can inspire a sense of momentum that leads to further motivation. In other words, simply getting started can be a powerful form of active inspiration. This is especially important when working from home, where the lack of external structure and accountability can make it difficult to stay focused and productive. By focusing on taking small, actionable steps towards your goals, even if it's just for a few minutes each day, you can start to build a sense of momentum and accomplishment that will fuel your motivation and drive you towards greater success.

Get inspired with reliable internet and backup power

Yes, we have to remind you that slow internet speeds, constant buffering and disconnections can cause frustration, distractions and lead to delays in completing tasks. This is where WIRUlink comes in as a reliable ISP that provides fast and stable wireless and fibre internet services. With WIRUlink, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have a reliable connection that will allow you to stay focused on your work without any interruptions, not even during load shedding or other power outages. EnergyOn, our sister company, ensures that you stay connected and online. With various packages and options, you can have access to the internet speed and electricity you need to get your work done efficiently.


By following one or more of these strategies, we believe you can stay engaged and inspired while working from home. These tips have proven to be most effective, based on the personal experiences of WIRUlink’s employees, still working from home since 2020. From dressing for success, to celebrating small wins and staying organised, to ensuring you have reliable internet and backup power, implementing these tips can help change the way you work from home.

Remember, motivation often comes from action, not the other way around, so just get started and watch your motivation and productivity soar.

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