Tips to Help Stay Productive when Working from Home
Working from home has its ups and downs. Although you can work in bed, sometimes it can be hard to stay on top of things and be productive when you’re in such a comfortable environment. Everything I do (school, blog, work) is all online and can be done from home. I’ve figured out what helps me stay on task and get everything done throughout the day, and I thought I would share it with you. Whether you’re blogging, running your own business, or doing online classes from home, here are some tips to help you be productive and stay on task!
ACTUALLY GET READY
One of the many perks of working for yourself or at home is you can wear pretty much whatever you want. Although it would be nice to stay in your pajamas all day, it will more likely make you want to sit around and relax. I find that actually getting dressed and ready for the day helps with being more productive. You don’t even have to put makeup on, just make sure not to wear what you wore to bed the night before! Clean your face, put on a comfy sweater and jeans, and you’re all ready to get to work!
CREATE A TO-DO LIST
Now this may seem like a no brainer, but having somewhere to write down everything you need to get done for the day can make working that much easier. You’ll never be able to remember everything you have to do, and it can be a waste of time to try to. Take a piece of paper, or if you have an iPhone use the reminders app to make a new list (you can do this by just simply clicking where it says reminder and add a new list), write down everything you need to get down, and check off each item as the day goes on! There’s nothing more satisfying than looking at a completed to-do list at the end of the day.
PS. You can also set alarms to go off for each task when using the reminders app! Just click on the task, click the i next to it, and select a time.
MAKE A TIME SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
Create a schedule with time ranges you’d like to get things done by. For example: when you’d like to get up, when you’d like to have your emails done by, start work, be done with certain tasks, etc. Laying out what parts of your day will be used for what tasks can make staying on track that much easier. Try to stick with it, but remember that life does happen and it’s okay if you don’t follow it to a T everyday.
DO SIMPLER TASKS FIRST
Although you would think to do the hardest task first, it’s actually more time efficient to start with the less time consuming ones! Do the tasks that will take you less than 15 minutes first, and then start with the more time consuming ones. There’s no need to have pesky smaller tasks in the way when you’re doing work.
Since when you work at home you don’t have a scheduled lunch break or end of day time, it’s important to give yourself breaks throughout the day. Although working all day seems productive, if you overwork yourself you’ll get less things done. Take a few 5 minute breaks throughout the day to stand and walk around or get a snack. It’s also good to give yourself about 30-45 minutes for lunch. If you’re like me and once you start working you forget to take breaks, set reminders on your phone to go off at certain times!
CLEAN THE NIGHT BEFORE
There is nothing more distracting than working in a messy environment. Instead of frustrating yourself and taking time out of your workday to clean, do it every night before bed! Before you go to sleep, put away anything that is out of place and tidy up for the next day. Start making this a habit every night and soon enough it will feel like second nature!
And that’s it! Hope you found these tips for stay productive helpful, and I wish you many days filled with productivity!