16 April . 2020
Working From Home? Use These 7 Tips to Boost Your Productivity
Working from home may seem like a dream - you can set your own schedule, and wear pajamas all day. In actuality, however, it may not be as easy as you would expect to stay productive and on task. Here are our top 7 tips to stay focused and motivated while you work from home.
Have a Morning Ritual
It may be tempting to just roll out of bed and into your home office. However, taking the time for a morning ritual can help you mentally prepare for the work day. Getting dressed like you’re going into work can help as well - or at least changing out of pajamas.
Use a To-Do List
Using a to do list gives you a visual reminder of all the things you need to accomplish in a day, and can help keep your mind from wandering off. You can also try ranking your to do list by priorities, so you can make sure the big ticket items get taken care of first.
Block Your Time
It may seem counterproductive, but actually, working in shorter blocks of time can help you get more done! Try setting a timer for 45 minutes and working the entire time - then take a break for the next 15 minutes. You will be more productive during those 45 minutes and get more done than if you were half-focused the entire hour.
Move Your Body
During your 15 minute breaks, make sure you’re getting up and moving, even if it’s just walking to the kitchen to refill your coffee. Feeling tired? A little stretch sesh can be rejuvenating for your body and mind.
Consider Your Workspace
Some people work better in a quiet workspace. Some people work better when surrounded by noise and a little bit of chaos. If you fall into the former category, you will benefit from a designated home office. If you are in the latter, you may prefer to work at the dining room table or kitchen island.
Let Nature In
Sunshine, fresh air, and a little greenery can all help create a happier workspace and a more productive you. Why not pull back the curtains and open the window? Or, you could even move your workspace to the lanai for a bit, if weather allows.
Separate Work From Home
When you’re off the clock, stay off the clock. It can be easy for your work to creep into dinnertime or beyond, or for you to check your email just one more time before bed. Although it may feel like you’re being productive, blurring the lines between “work time” and “home time” can be detrimental because it prohibits you from ever truly relaxing and being home.
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