24 Mar Work from Home Productivity Tips
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Stuck in a slump? Not feeling motivated at all to work from home? I get it! Working from home can feel boring and unproductive.
That is why I’ve compiled a list of work from home productivity tips. You can implement them in your daily routine to try and boost your motivation, get work done and continue to outperform your colleagues.
Don’t Change your Morning Routine.
Wake up at the same time you used to get up to go to work. Eat, shower and get dressed in normal clothing as well. If you have to kill time you used to take for your commute, then use this time to do something for yourself.
Read a book, watch a TV show, enjoy your morning coffee. There’s nothing better than a little “me” time before work.
Time Block Your Work Day
If you normally work 9am to 5pm, stick to that time stamp. Knowing you have a start time and an end time will help you feel like you’re not stuck in a never ending work hole. As well, it will entice you to finish your work on time so you can enjoy your evening.
Additionally, block time in your daily schedule for your 3 most important tasks. That way, you know for a fact you will get done everything that is a priority for work. If you need help with creating an at-home work schedule, here is a blog post that breaks down how to do so.
Task batching is my favourite productivity hack. What is it exactly? It’s doing 1 task in one shot. If you know you have to do the same task every day, try to batch all of the work for that task once in your week instead.
For example, you can batch emails. Instead of answering emails at random times all day, batch them. Answer all of your emails between 4 and 5 pm so you can focus on your other tasks one at a time.
Another example can be scheduling LinkedIn posts. If you like to publish 1 article on LinkedIn daily, sit down once a week and schedule all of your posts for the week in one shot.
The articles will get published automatically throughout the week, but you don’t have to think about the task of scheduling them again until next week.
Avoid Switching Between Home tasks and Work Tasks.
Definitely avoid mixing home and work tasks. If you’re supposed to be working, but get caught up in home chores, you’ll never get your work done and you’ll end up getting discouraged.
Reserve the home tasks for after work and on weekends like you normally would when you’re at the office.
Make Your Bed
We’ve all heard this one before! It is worth mentioning though. Making your bed does yield better productivity during the day. Do it. It takes 1 minute anyway.
Take your Lunch Break
Don’t skip out on lunch! Part of being productive is knowing when to take breaks. If you can eat and relax for an hour, it’ll help the second half of your work day be more productive even if you’re at home.
Create a Space in Your Home for You to Work from Daily.
Make your own office in your home where you can go to everyday. It should preferably be in a quiet area of your house. As well, try and avoid working next to family members, as working next to your loved ones all day can lead to frustration.
Additionally, avoid the kitchen since it is in the central part of the home and will distract you with all the food. If you’re not sure how to create a work space in your home, here is how.
If you Have Kids, Split the Day with Your Spouse.
If you and your spouse are working from home together, split the responsibility. You can watch the kids half the day, while your spouse watches them for the second half of the work day.
That way, at least both of you get a part of the day that is completely uninterrupted where you can work on important projects.
How to Entertain your Kids While you Work.
I am not a parent at this stage of my life. However, here are a few suggestions to consider that may help entertain your kids. Firstly, they can watch a movie or a TV show.
Secondly, they can follow some sort of homeschool program or get a virtual tutor to teach them for a few hours. Lastly, they can nap if they are young enough. Unfortunately, this is the extent of my knowledge on how to keep kids busy.
Move Your Body
We all know working out will boost your endorphins and can help you stay focused as you work. Consider moving your body as an important part of being productive while working from home!
The best way to ensure you are moving your body is simply by scheduling time in your calendar for a walk or virtual workout. If you need online workout suggestions, here are a few.
How to Avoid Loneliness
Listening to audio books, podcasts and/or music is a great way to fill the silence. Additionally, take the time to FaceTime people during your breaks. Create that human interaction daily even though it is virtual.
Being alone without human interaction can lead to a very negative and depressing mind-space. Make it a point to speak to someone daily to avoid that.
In this article, I’ve shown you the best work from home productivity tips so you can perform well in your job, even from home.
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