How to be More Productive as an Online Teacher

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Author: Piper McIntosh Published on: Aug. 7, 2019 Expected Reading Time: 4 mins


Being a teacher can be difficult. You’re responsible for managing the learning and behavior of a number of children – potentially many of them – and creating activities and grading papers on top of that. You will have multiple people looking to you for guidance and for assistance in learning while also attempting to balance your work life with any free time you can find. 

Being an online teacher can prove even more difficult, primarily because it is very easy to get distracted with all of the wonders of the Internet. You won’t have the help of colleagues to help reduce stress between classes, either, as you might in a physical school setting. You’re responsible for managing your time to ensure you can get through the day effectively and with minimal stress. To keep on top of your work, it is important to schedule everything that you need to do to maximize your productivity ahead of time. 

Here are a few tips to help maximize your productivity effectively:


Reduce Stress

When you are stressed, you won’t be able to get as much done. When you let everything build up on you and don’t cope with it properly, you won’t feel like accomplishing anything. This is why it is so important to practice stress-reducing activities to ensure that you are working at your best. There are several natural ways to do this.

You might consider surrounding yourself with calming scents while working, something that can easily be done by using essential oils and putting an oil diffuser nearby. You may also apply the oils directly to the skin as long as the oil is safe for undiluted use. Some, like tea tree oil, will likely need to be diluted before placing it on your skin. 

Another option to help limit stress is to opt for comforting drinks like tea and limit how much coffee you drink. The caffeine can actually make your anxiety worse and lead to irritability later in the day.

Check out a previous post of ours for top tips on how to reduce your stress levels as a teacher.


Limit Distractions

It’s very easy to get distracted, especially when you work online or from home. There are constant notifications from phones and all sorts of beeps from various forms of technology – it might seem like everyone and everything is constantly fighting for your attention. While you are working, however, it is important to stay distraction-free to maximize your productivity. Otherwise, you are splitting your attention among several things and will be unable to fully devote yourself to the task at hand. 

There are several ways that you might eliminate distractions to help yourself work more efficiently. Consider playing background music (preferably music without words) to block out any distracting noises. It may also help to get dressed, as you will subconsciously view your work as a more serious task. If you’re still struggling, consider varying the places that you work. Over time, routines become boring. By sometimes going to work at a café or library, you switch up your routine and help yourself to stay creative and passionate. 

It may also help to identify the key things that distract you the most and to come up with a plan for how you may avoid being distracted by these.



There are several challenges that come with teaching, however, scheduling yourself is one way to make it much easier and to help you to be more productive. Before the next workday, for example, it is often very helpful to prepare a to-do list. It is important to prioritize your tasks and set goals for what exactly you’d like to accomplish the next day. It helps to have goals to work towards, and it will give you a sense of direction. You may also schedule when you will work and when you will take a break. Don’t forget to reward yourself for your hard work!


Take Care of Yourself

Don’t forget to take good care of yourself because if you don’t, you won’t be able to think clearly. You must eat the right foods, get enough sleep, and get enough exercise. This will keep you alert and energized. It will also help you in other aspects of your life. You won’t get sick as often, so you will be able to have a better immune system and won’t be dragged down by sickness. Staying active will also give you something to look forward to. When you sit at a desk all day, you will yearn for some time away from your work. Having an exercise routine will give you the perfect opportunity to do so. 


Invest in Yourself

There are certain investments in life that are worth the initial price for the long-term payoff. The best investment that you can make, however, is in yourself. One option is to invest in classes that will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of new teachers and how to combat those issues. By learning from others’ mistakes, you are making yourself a better person. You might also invest in material objects, such as equipment. If you are an online teacher, investing in a reliable computer, high-quality camera, and proper lighting will greatly assist you. You may also invest in simple gadgets and gear that will make your life easier. 


Being an online teacher can be hard, but if you keep the tips above in mind, you’re sure to have a great school year.



Piper McIntosh

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