I recently wrote an article about working from home tips and it got published onto Dumb Little Man, a website with millions of readers! I’ve pasted the article below but make sure you check it out on dumblittleman.com by clicking HERE!
Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up promising yourself that you’ll have a successfully productive day…but you end up sitting in front of the television all day instead?
This used to happen to me quite a lot when I first started working from home. I’d lounge around in my pyjamas all morning trying to find motivation to do something. And, well, I never found it. Then one morning I decided that enough was enough! I needed to change my routine otherwise I’d end up being a lazy, unsuccessful and miserable woman…and that doesn’t sound appealing to anyone.
Here’s my list of 10 tips to making your day more productive at home!
- Get dressed. As much as I love being in my pyjamas, I never ever get anything done in them. It’s just a fact for me now. Pyjamas were invented to wear to bed or to watch TV in, not to be productive in! So get out of your pjs, throw on a nice (and clean) outfit and get to work. You’ll feel much better for it.
- Make a list. This is one of my favourite things to do before I begin a productive day. Setting goals and writing them down make me feel much more organised, and I’m sure it’ll help you to too. Once you’ve completed a task from your list, you can then get the great satisfaction of crossing the task off of your list and starting your next chore.
- Clear distractions. Now everyone has different distractions; these may be social media, your phone, the biscuit tin, the television (Okay, these are all mine). You’ll never get anything done if you’re playing with your distractions all day…after all, they are just that, distractions. So get rid of them! Hide your phone, throw away the biscuits, turn off the television and focus on the things you need to be concentrating on.
- Don’t multitask. Not only does multitasking stress your brain out, it means that you’re not putting your whole 100% into an individual task because you’re trying to take them all on at once. It’s much better to focus on one task at a time and complete it successfully rather than rush a bunch of tasks at once.
- Eat healthier. Now this one may sound a bit weird…how will eating healthy make you more productive? Well, it’s a fact that junk food can not only make you put on weight, it can make you mentally slower and less motivated too. Try snacking on walnuts as they are a powerful weapon against binging and depression.
- Take regular breaks. You don’t want to burn all your energy out by trying to take on too much at once. Set your alarm at regular intervals throughout the day and allow yourself some time to relax in-between tasks.
- Go for a walk. So for this one you’re going to have to actually step outside your house. But trust me, it’ll be worth it. Just a 15 minute walk will help clear your mind and you’ll be feeling much more productive when you get back. After all, research shows that regular exercise can me you feel happier, smarter and more energetic. This walk can be included in one of your regular breaks.
- Reward yourself. Now this one I love! I mean, who doesn’t like rewards? Refer back to your list and promise yourself that after completing 3 tasks, you’ll reward yourself with a little something. Maybe a 5 minute Facebook break or one piece of chocolate. Whatever floats your boat.
- Write tomorrow’s to-do list tonight. So by this point, you’ve hopefully had an extra productive day, but you don’t want this to just be a one off. Write a list of all the things you want to achieve tomorrow; this will make your morning easier and you’ll wake up knowing exactly what you need to do. It also crosses one task off your list before the day’s even started.
- Get an early night. Did you know that 1 in 5 adults don’t get enough sleep? Don’t let that 1 in 5 be you! Lack of sleep can affect your alertness, productivity, stress levels and problem solving skills. So give yourself a regular bed time and try your hardest to get enough sleep. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
And there we have it, my 10 tips to making your day more productive. They might not work for everyone but they certainly worked for me. What’s the harm in giving them a try?