6 Tips to Boost Productivity When You Work from Home
Working from home in your comfy pants can sound amazing, but it also takes some getting used to. If you are looking for ways to boost your productivity and get your home office going, here are six tips for your daily routine.
1- Get changed for work: A clear routine can help your mentally transition from a ‘relaxing at home’ to a ‘get to work’ mindset. Set an alarm to wake up, get breakfast and then get changed for work. One way to do this is by actually changing into different clothes. Another is by moving to a specific work area in your home (a.k.a. not your bed). Getting out of your pajamas and away from your bedroom tells your brain you are shifting gears. Every person is different, so experiment with ways that make you feel like you’re getting down to business. Now that you don’t have a commute time, it can help to get in a few squats or workout to get energized for the day.
2- Optimize the structure of your day: You are your own manager, so set yourself up for success. Check your “to do list” and block off time for each item. Anticipate how much time and energy each item takes in order to prioritize your goals for the day. This way, if you go over or under time you can still see the big picture of how your day is going. Having blocks of time focused on tasks like just emails, or meetings or a specific project increases efficiency. For example, you can save meeting calls in the afternoon and take advantage of morning hours for projects that need more productivity. You have more flexibility at home, so over time you can see what works best for you.
3- Avoid the energy drain of social media: There is a lot of uncertainty right now and social media is buzzing! This can be draining and take your energy away from work or even after work when you should be relaxing. Depending on the degree it affects you, turn off notifications during work hours or log out of your accounts. It’s important to connect with friends and socialize during your off-time, but limit your time on activities that take a toll on your mental health. When using social media for fun, follow content that motivates and inspires you.
4- Re-energize yourself with proper breaks: Remember to use your routine to practice self-care with proper breaks. Set up reminders to get water, stretch and go for a walk. Sitting for too long is harmful for your body, and now that you work from home you can fit in anything from housework to short workouts within your breaks. Besides your physical health, care for your mental health too. Make time to connect with friends through a call or video chat, learn something new through a book or online and reset your mind.
5- Have an effective meal-prep plan: Meal-prepping doesn’t need to take up a huge chunk of your day, but it shouldn’t be ignored either. Remember that nutrition affects all areas of your life, including productivity. Spending 2 hours a weekend for meal prepping will save you time over the week so prepare your meals beforehand! For strategies on meal prepping and a sample grocery list, see here.
6- Know your limits: Know when you are going to end your day. Don't check or respond to emails and messages (unless it is not urgent) after a certain time, or certain amount of hours you put in your work. If you’re having trouble with this, put your email notifications on silent mode and turn them back on as the first thing in tomorrow morning!
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