The pandemic that occurred in 2020 was definitely the most life changing occurrence that’s happened to all humanity in a long time. It affected the way we live, the way we choose to experience and live life but most importantly it affected the way we work and learn. Schools shut down and everyone was working remotely which means we all had to learn how to be productive in spaces that were always meant for relaxation and comfort!
Navigating that change, I learned many tips over the last few months that have firmly grounded me in my ability to work from home without getting distracted, easily tired and lazy!
Have A Consistent Morning Routine
I always thought morning routines were overrated but having to learn how to function productively taught me that you need to have good routines to keep you going. The same way you instilled structure in your life waking up and getting ready for work or school – you have to have that same mindset with working from home.
The positive aspect of this, is that you can have a morning routine that’s suited to you! You can include things you enjoy as part of your morning routine such as journaling, praying, working out or just grabbing a coffee and enjoying it whilst the rest of the house sleeps. Have a consistent time to wake up and get ready to start your day because it will definitely help with your productivity if you aren’t waking up at noon, like we all did at the beginning of the pandemic!
Get Rid Of The Pyjamas And Sweatpants!
A key part that makes a major difference is physically getting ready to be productive.
Staying in bed and working from under the covers is not going to cut it if you want to function at your maximum productivity! You need to wake up, shower and change into clothing that makes you feel confident and ready to work. When you change from your sweats and into work clothes, you will enter a work mindset that allows you to prolong the time you spend at your desk versus your bed or the couch!
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Have A Designated Work Area
Create a space in your home that you will use for working or your studying!
When you have a physical space you can go to that’s work focused, it allows you to maintain a longer period of productivity and drive. It doesn’t have to be a fancy home office, although that is extremely helpful, but just a space that has all your items you need to work. Try to keep your areas of leisure and work separate, even though you are at home and it can get difficult!
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Allow Yourself To Take Breaks During The Day
This has been such a major positive change in my productive life! Attempting to work throughout an eight hour day with no breaks, when you’re at home is going to be the reason it’s difficult to stay in your productivity mindset.
Allow yourself to take short breaks after accomplishing tasks on your to do list. These breaks can last between 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Think of these breaks as rewards for completing everything you’re meant to do. Use this time to grab a snack, use the bathroom, scroll through your Instagram feed or watch a Youtube vlog! Anything that makes you feel good before you move onto the next task.
Have A To Do List For The Day
In order to be productive, you need to know what you need to do! The night before, set a to do list of everything you need to accomplish the following day. This will give you focus and purpose for you to maintain productivity throughout the day. Set your to do list in order of priority, from most important to least important. This way you can get the most important tasks early on in the day when you still have energy and the least important tasks at the end of the day, when you don’t need as much energy.
To do lists will keep you organized and definitely be a key factor in your productivity levels. Working from home can be really difficult but there are ways to curb the laziness and get back to functioning at maximum productivity so that you can continue to flourish and succeed in your professional lives.
Let me know what you do to stay productive whilst working from home!