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Working from home:
What you need to be doing to stay productive at home
Many of us have found ourselves working from home the past few weeks. At this point, it is still unsure when life will resume as normal.
So in today’s post, I have decided to share my top tips for working from home if you are still struggling to find a routine that works for you.
I’ve been working from home for 2 months now, and although the transition wasn’t very smooth, I am now happy with the routine I have created for myself.
Living and working in the same place can tend to be difficult, because it’s not always easy to separate work from play.
If you’re finding yourself way less productive at home than you were at your workplace, I’ve got some tips for you on how you can combat that.
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Wake up early
The early bird catches the worm, right?
The morning time is the perfect time to knock some of the tasks off of your to-do list.
It’s usually quiet in the mornings, and you can totally pretend you are at work by keeping your normal schedule.
But there is one more reason why I specifically love mornings and waking up early.
In the book, Eat That Frog!, Brian Tracy talks about the importance of mornings. Specifically, eating a frog in the morning to get it over with.
What he actually means is not for you to eat an actual frog, but to look at the frog as any hard task which you have to take care of.
Once you get that one boring task out of the way, or “eat that frog”, you will be left with much easier tasks which you can do later in the day.
Getting out of your pajamas and into some fresh clothes is important when working from home for productivity.
First, your body will take getting out of pajamas as a sign that time for sleep and lounging around is over. This is a great way to separate work from sleep.
I don’t know about you, but even changing out of my pajamas into some nice loungewear makes me ready for my work day.
Second, putting on some fresh clothes, brushing our teeth, combing our hair and adding some makeup or nice moisturizer is going to make you feel much better.
Look good, feel good, right?
This doesn’t need to take forever. If you would like some tips on how to get ready fast in the morning, head on to my post about how I get ready in just 10 minutes.
Here are some cute loungewear sets you can look cute in while working from home:
Follow a schedule
Following a schedule, even a loose one, while working from home is going to help keep you productive and minimize distractions.
A good strategy for scheduling your day is time-blocking, a technique where block out time in your day to do certain tasks.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, you can follow a simple to-do list, with your highest priorities at the top of the list.
Whatever system you decide to choose, following some sort of schedule throughout your day is going to keep you organized, on top of your tasks, and you will probably get done with work faster if you were to free-style it!
While you’re here, grab your free daily planner!
Taking breaks when working from home is so important.
I know that it can be hard to do that, as it’s hard for me sometimes. When working from home, I have to schedule my breaks in my daily schedule because otherwise, I can go hours without looking away from my laptop and papers.
Lately, I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique. This time-management technique breaks your work into 25-minute chunks with a 5-minute break in between, with a longer break somewhere in the middle of the day.
I just use a timer on my phone and set it to 25 minutes, and when it goes off, I take a 5-minute break and look through my phone, go on Twitter, make a coffee, or do whatever it is I’m in the mood for.
Because of the frequent breaks, I’m nowhere nearly as tired as I used to be while working, so I highly recommend trying this out!
Have a designated time for emails
How many of you have the habit of checking your emails as soon as they’re sent to you?
I used to do that, and that wasted SO MUCH of my time. To the point that I disabled my email notifications one day.
These days, I have two designated timings to check and respond to my emails. One in the morning, and one in the evening.
This way, I’m not tempted by every notification, and I get them all done and handled at the same time.
A big part of being productive while working from home is fueling our bodies with foods that will give us energy for the endless Zoom meetings and other tasks we have to get done.
As much as I’d love to chow down on pizza and chocolate all day long, I know that those foods make me sluggish. That’s no bueno when I’m trying to get work done.
Having balanced meals throughout the day as well as nutritious snacks keeps me focused, and helps me get through my work without wanting to take ten naps during the day.
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Shut off at a certain time
I struggle with this one sometimes, I’m not going to lie.
There’s always something to do, always something the blog might need, and always a new idea in my head.
However, I noticed that when I purposefully shut off at the end of the day and relax, I sleep so much better and I’m not as tired the next day.
I know it can be hard to let go of work for some people, but the sooner you make it a habit to switch off past a certain hour, the better you will feel.
Get enough sleep
Staying home might have messed with your sleep pattern. Hard.
But it’s never too late to fix it!
Besides sleep being totally amazing for the body, it also helps us focus more when we are well-rested rather than when we only slept a few hours at night.
Having a relaxing nighttime routine can help with falling asleep quicker, because your body gets signals that it is time to wind down for the night.
Besides, now that you’ve gotten through all your work, you deserve some shut-eye to prepare you for the next day of productivity.
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Take days off
Nobody is wired to work 7 days a week. Set aside a day or two in the week where you don’t do anything work-related.
Use these days off to practice self-care, catch up on sleep, read books, spend time with your family and recharge your batteries.
And another thing: don’t let anybody make you feel bad about disconnecting every few days. You are not a robot, and those emails will still be there in your inbox when you get to them the following day.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Working from home definitely has its advantages and disadvantages, but with a little tweaking to your day you can make it as less stressful as can be.
Have you been working from home lately? Are there any tips you would like to share with the rest of the readers? Leave them down in the comments!
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