Start your day off right and set yourself up for success. If you’ve ever wondered how to have a productive day when working from home, use these tips to help you get motivated.
Creating a Productive Strategy for Success Every Day
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. Things are changing at a rapid pace.
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 every night so I have a game plan for the next day.
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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. Create a productive day schedule to organize your to do’s.
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
Morning Routine: 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. You also don’t want to get caught off guard if an unexpected video call pops up. Focus on the most important tasks on your to-do list first thing in the morning.
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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.
- Time Management: block out time to focus on projects. That way, you don’t spend too long working on one thing.
- Make a decision on what projects need to be organized first. I like to batch schedule social media 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. Spend some time outdoors to recenter especially if you’re feeling like you’re in a productivity slump.
Practicing meditation can also bring you back into alignment. Apps like Headspace, make it easy to get started.
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.
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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. I use Asana and Monday.com to keep track of assignments, deadlines and it helps me stay organized.
You can also try to set several alarms on your phone as a reminder to move on to the next project. That way, you don’t spend too much time on one thing while neglecting your other responsibilities. Do what works best for you.
“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. A Ride or Die Friend is someone who has your back no matter what. They are there through the good and bad times. Having a ride or die, friend or cheerleader will help ensure that you stay motivated and focused.
Share your goals. Commit to getting things done. Set up weekly check-ins with your friends or mentors regularly to get updates on what you’ve been up to and what goals you’ve crushed.
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.
If you want make the most of your time, so you can have a productive day, or week, create a routine, and establish boundaries for yourself and your partner. 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!
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