How to Avoid the Productivity Slump While Working From Home

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How are you adapting to working from home? We’re not used to it either. But even through these uncertain events, we are doing our best to work efficiently and purposefully for our candidates, clients, and team members. We’ve all had our fair share of struggles when it comes to working efficiently from home. Team CSI shares practical work from home strategies for getting work done and getting it done well.

Work From Home Tips from a Seasoned Work-From-Homer

Work From Home Tips

Paul Aragones has been successfully working remote for over a year as a recruiting lead with CSI Tech. Here’s what he has to say about making working from home work for you.

  1. Create a to do list. Focus on tasks and set up a game plan with phone calls, follow-ups, and a sourcing strategy.
  2. For breaks, set a limit on HOW MANY you take and SET THE AMOUNT OF TIME for each one you take.
  3. Limit distractions and keep yourself accountable like you would do at work. I need to complete this task by “x” time. I’m only leaving my seat for xyz….
  4. Only do home tasks/misc. on your lunch break! Anything outside of that hour is unacceptable.
  5. Work as if you are sitting next to your boss!
  6. Try not to communicate with anyone at home who can easily get you distracted. Keep convos at a minimum like you would do at work.
  7. Stay motivated! Ask yourself why you are doing this. Especially currently, be thankful for the opportunity you have been given and maximize it to the best of your ability. A lot of people are not as lucky as us in this period of crisis. Prove why you deserve to be here and why you deserve a seat!

If you have trouble staying accountable or motivated, reach out to someone who can help.

Working Remote? Bring The Office to You!

Staying Connected While Working From Home

My patio has become my new home office. I love the sunshine and it is much less noisy outside than in my house with two kids and a barking dog.

– Brandy Kerby, CSI Professional President

Communication, communication, communication!

CSI Tech’s Melanie Kalil reminds us of the value of communication.

If you don’t have what you need. You are struggling, have a question, no matter how big or little. You must be willing to reach out to your manager. No one knows unless you reach out.

There is no method that works the same for everyone. Maybe you work better outside on a lounge chair or sitting at your kitchen table. I personally have had to move from sitting locked in an office. There is no correct way of doing it. Just find what works best for you and makes you the most productive.

Working from home gives you the opportunity to run your business. You are in charge.

At the end of the day you are the one that needs to hold yourself accountable to make those calls and be productive. Think of it as your business and if your activity is going to keep the doors open.


In order to take care of our families, our jobs, our clients, our candidates, and our company… we must do our part! 

It remains important to ADD value every day. 

– Larry Mims, CSI Financial President