Do you work from home and never seem to get enough done?
Welcome to my Series on Productivity! This is where you will see different ways to be productive. Each post gives a unique look at how a particular person gets it all done, or at least most of it.
Your dog starts barking and needs to go out, or your kid needs a snack… There are always distractions galore when you work from home.
The good news is that there are things that we all can do to make it easier on ourselves while still boosting our productivity.
Check out this list of 7 things that I have personally found helpful:
1. Set a schedule
Schedules can be a helpful tools for many reasons, and are often underrated. Take stock of what you need to do each day in your work and personal lives and make a rough schedule of it. That doesn’t mean that you will stick to absolutely everything, but it will give you a rough outline of what you should be doing at any given point in your day.
2. Make a to-do list
At the beginning of each day, make a TO-DO list. It might also help to have it divided into a “must” do and a “should” do list. That way you know what absolutely has to be done and what should be done, if you get those other things done. I always have priorities or things that have to be done by a deadline, and those are the ones I begin first. Then I work my way through the rest of the list as time and energy permit.
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3. Get into a rhythm with your routine
Your routine should work for you, not the other way around. While you go about your day, work to get into a somewhat natural rhythm. The hope is not to be constantly fighting what you should be doing and instead to let it flow. You can always tweak your routine until it works best. It takes time, but it is worth it.
4. Take breaks
Make sure to take breaks throughout your work day to give your brain a break. If you push yourself too hard, you may crash or get burnt out after awhile. Some ways to take a break is to get something to eat, go for a short walk, do some stretches, text a friend, browse social media for a few minutes, or whatever works for you. I find browsing Facebook works best for me, so long as I don’t get sucked into a blackhole on there!
"It takes a bit of trial-and-error but you will get there!"
5. Nap… occasionally!
Sometimes a nap is necessary, even 15 minutes can give you a boost of energy that you need to finish the rest of your work day. When your brain just won’t cooperate with you, or you are yawning a lot and can’t focus, then a short nap can help you be more productive. Personally, I do this a few times a week and it really helps me feel a bit more refreshed and ready to tackle more of my work, even when my motivation was down the drain just a few hours before.
6. Remove distractions
I know that you can’t always remove all of your distractions. However, some of them are within your power to remove. Things like turning your phone (or simply the notifications) off, working in a relatively quiet location, keeping an organized workspace, having the right temperature for your workspace so that you’re not too hot or too cold, or eliminating whatever else you usually find distracting under most circumstances.
7. Practice self-care
Get some quality rest and sunshine, eat healthier foods, exercise regularly, drink enough water, and treat yourself well. When we neglect our own care, then we end up paying for it later. Make sure that you take good care of yourself so that you can be at your best while you work and take care of everything else!
Being productive in a work-at-home setting does not have to be rocket science.
You can figure out a way to make it work for you and get more done. It takes a bit of trial-and-error but you will get there!
What do you do to stay productive? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. And don't forget to check out the other Productivity posts.
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