These days, many people work from home whether it is for their daytime job, side hustle, or even for their hobbies. Oftentimes we may let life (and laziness) get the best of us which means that our productivity declines. However, if you combat that properly, you will be able to get your work done and rest sooner than you think. On good days, I tend to take action sooner than later when it comes to getting my day and work started. Keep reading to learn some of my tips on how to stay productive when working from home!
If you’re like me, you are likely to procrastinate on A LOT of tasks. I think I developed this habit sometime in high school and to be honest, I am not sure how I got through that plus another 4 years of college. Procrastinating is what got me into the idea of making schedules and planning out my time. This is why I like to stay busy because it keeps me motivated to get more done. While I still have some moments where I push everything to a later point, I figured out what works for me and how I can stay productive. Here are my tips!
Start with a Workout
Personally, I tend to end my days with my workouts simply because my mornings are usually too rushed. However, on my off days or when I have to go into work later, I tend to do the workouts earlier. Starting with a workout can get you motivated to keep going and surprisingly, it gives you a lot more energy than you think.
If you are not one to exercise, it’s not a big deal. I’m not saying going to the gym for a hardcore 2-hour workout (unless that’s your thing). For me, I tend to stick to at-home exercises and they are pretty basic – but helpful. Find something that works for you!
Find a Comfortable Working Space
Nowadays people spend way too much time in bed and this even means sitting in bed on your laptop while working. This is okay sometimes, but if you really want to motivate yourself, you have to choose somewhere else. One of the most important ways to stay productive when working from home is by having a working space that is comfortable and suits your needs. Whether that means investing in a desk that you can put in your home, using the kitchen table, or maybe even finding a co-working space nearby. For me, it’s on the dining table and I generally get a lot more work done when I write there. Having a comfortable chair is also important!
Set a Schedule
Scheduling your time out not only gives you a visual of when you have to finish everything by, but it also acts as a motivational tool to get it done. If you know that you have a set amount of time before you have to tend to another task, you will have more of an urge to get the first one done. This way, you can also determine at what time of the day you are most productive. For me, it is mainly at night
Tidy Up the Space Around You
Working around a mess is distracting in itself. If I know that I have dishes in the sink or a load of laundry waiting to be put to wash, I won’t be able to focus. You might be like this, too. I would advise you to get a head start on the tidying up and maybe even do it the day before. This way, you have a clean space and are ready to work.
Working from home is already a perk. This means that you can work from anywhere that you want. However, in order to stay productive when working from home, it is important to enjoy the environment you are in and take breaks. If you have a local Starbucks you like to go to or maybe even have a park nearby (and don’t need Wi-Fi to do your work), take advantage! Since I live by the beach, I sometimes tend to go get some coffee and sit at one of the beach bars/coffee houses. I also don’t need Wi-Fi to complete some of my tasks on my laptop. It is also a great way to refresh your mind and come back to work later!
A fresh mindset is always important and staying on track with your goals is key, at least for myself. If you work from home, I’d love to know some of your productivity tips!