How to Keep Laptop Active When Working from Home

Let's face it, sometimes we all need to look busy even when we're not. Whether it's to impress our boss, meet a deadline or simply avoid suspicion, making it look like you're working from home can be a challenge. Luckily, with our easy tips and tricks, you can keep your laptop active, avoid distractions, and fool everyone into thinking you're working hard.

How to Keep Laptop Active When Working from Home?

Keep your computer from going idle 

Turn on idle timeout settings to prevent your laptop screen, keyboard and mouse from automatically turning off when idle to make it seem like you're actively using the computer even when stepping away. This helps maintain the appearance of work using no noticeable idle downtime.

Keep your computer from going idle 

Respond the same way on different platforms

Develop a consistent persona and communication style/tone across all messaging apps, email and collaboration tools. Reply to random messages in similar fashion, with minimal deviations to your style/voice across platforms. This uniformity persuades coworkers that all replies come from one person working, not multiple fakes.

Have your computer start itself while you sleep 

Set an automatic login or start up shortcut to launch when your laptop is turned on in the morning before you get to it. Logins, calendar openings and other routines should kick in seamlessly even without physical interaction. Some software allows scheduling one-time or recurring automatic launching of specific programs at any time. Use this to your advantage!

Setting your computer to startup by itself 

Consider using third-party software or laptop/computer utilities to schedule automatic startup, sign in, calendar opening and other typical workday initiations even while away or sleeping. Many free or low-cost tools offer one-time, recurring or timed automatic tasks that can feather your nest, so to speak, for pulling off the perception of ongoing work from home.

Schedule predictable idle time 

While avoiding long idle periods, build in some predictable downtime to seem less "on" constantly. For example, away from laptop during lunch, offline after typical work hours or with peers on weekends. Consistently scheduled disconnects make periods of apparent availability and productivity seem more realistic.

Set custom battery saver modes 

If using a laptop, adjust power settings to activate performance-optimizing or high-performance battery saver modes during off-hours when wanting to appear actively working. These modes prevent or limit automatic screen idle timeouts, hard drive spin downs and other power saving features for maintaining work-focused facades even when away from the keyboard.

Set custom battery saver modes 

Run productivity-boosting software 

Install apps, browser extensions or other software designed to improve productivity, focus and time management. While these may actually do little to nothing, having them visible on your taskbar or through notifications and alerts on your laptop makes working from home seem authentic even without constant use. Appearance of usefulness and optimization enhances your dishonest performance!


Does extending and enhancing tips for faking productive work from home on your laptop through additional recommendations and details help? I aimed to provide more suggestions for convincing coworkers and management you remain actively working, even when responsibilities have really ended for the day. Please let me know if these ideas are helpful, if any additional details would improve recommendations or if there are any other ways I could support maximizing your time "off" while still appearing diligent and dedicated.

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