Things are changing at a rapid pace. Whether it’s your first time working from home, or you’ve been at it a while, it takes some time to settle into a routine and figure out how to be productive at home and stay focused. I enjoy working remotely and having a flexible schedule is a plus, but I know I need to be disciplined to meet deadlines and finish assignments. For me, that means waking up early, blocking out time for certain tasks, and creating a reasonable to-do list the night before.
7 Productivity Hacks
When you carve out time for the things that matter to you (like your job, business, or blog), you’ll notice some changes in your workflow. Use these ideas to be more productive in life, home, and work.
Pay attention to anything that might be causing you to be less productive.
- Are you spending too much time on your phone?
- Is your workspace a mess?
- Try to figure out what could be causing any disruptions
1) Focus on the must do’s first thing in the morning
Make your bed, eat a healthy breakfast, and show up ready to work. Avoid staying in your Pj’s all day. Trust me, it might seem like the comfy thing to do, but you’ll start to feel more accomplished when you get dressed and show up for work, even if it’s in the room next door. Focus on the most important things on your to-do list first thing in the morning.
2) Productive work environment ideas
- Set yourself up for success by eliminating distractions. Notifications, text alerts, and phone calls can disrupt your workflow. Use the airplane mode feature on your phone.
- Block out time to focus on projects. That way, you don’t spend too long working on one thing.
- Batch schedule your content to save time. I use Planoly, Buffer, and Hootsuite.
3) Connect with yourself
When I’m working from home, I look forward to getting out and moving my body. It gives me a chance to focus on other things besides work and listen to a podcast to learn something new. If you don’t belong to a gym, go for a bike ride, take a walk or use the down dog app to take a yoga class. Practicing meditation can also bring you back into alignment.
My phone is my number one distraction. If I want to get stuff done while I’m working from home, that means unplugging or setting my phone on airplane mode, so I’m not tempted to check Instagram or Facebook. If you have a creativity block, that’s totally normal. It happens to everyone. Spend time at the beach or visit your favorite place to recharge. Bring a notebook just in case you feel a sudden burst of inspiration.
5) Stay organized
When creating a to-do list, try to carve out blocks of time for each task. This will keep you from spending too much time on one thing. You can also try to set several alarms on your phone as a reminder to move on to the next project.
“I set weekly goals, and then break them up through the week. Bite-sized, and doable. Never put more than three for one day, or else I am just setting myself to fail.”Elise Thompson, Eat, Travel, Aloha
6) Find a ride or die friend
I love seeing my friends succeed and accomplish their goals. Having a ride or die, friend or cheerleader will help ensure that you stay motivated. Share your goals, commit to getting things done, and check-in with your friends or mentors regularly to hold you accountable.
7) Establish Boundaries
This is a big one. Sure, you’re working from home, but that doesn’t mean you should run errands or do anything but work just because you are out of the office. Establish boundaries for yourself and your partner and let everyone at home know that you are busy during work hours. The key to working from home successfully is establishing a schedule and sticking to it. Reward yourself with breaks when you need them and try to stick to your regular routine.
Being productive isn’t always easy. Be proud of yourself for taking steps to be present and stay focused. If you can’t get it done today, there is still tomorrow!
What are your favorite tips for how to be more productive at home? We’d love to hear your ideas. Send us a message, and we’ll add them to the list.
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