Updated: Apr 16
I’m sure we’ve all struggled to be productive whenever we’re working from home. Especially during this #StayHome circuit breaker period, we might find ourselves getting even more easily distracted, amidst the responsibilities at work or family that we still have to fulfill. Going to the fridge every hour, watching the TV in the next hour - sounds familiar? Here are some tips on how you can ramp up your productivity while working from home!
With the abundance of articles detailing successful people’s morning schedules, it’s starting to feel like it’s impossible to be successful in life if you don’t wake up painfully early (or that billionaires are in some sort of competition to see who can wake up the earliest).
Luckily, you don’t have to wake up pre-crack-of-dawn to have a productive day, you just need to wake up with enough time to fit in a morning routine that works for you.
The point of having a specific routine you perform each morning is to set yourself up for success from the minute you get out of bed. How you start the day can have a big impact on your mood and productivity levels throughout the day, so having a routine that works for you can help you get started on the right foot.
Take some time to think about what a good morning routine would look like for you. Think about the things that make you feel good, and combine them with the tasks you need to get done in the morning.
The advice that you already knew and didn't want to hear.
However, it is so important now, more than ever, that you keep active during this period. While you're being cooped up at home, the chances of you snacking or bored eating are also higher (and what do you get when you put together snacking + lack of exercise?)
Whether it's workouts at home, going out for a run, or even a walk around your neighbourhood with a family member - ANYTHING will do at this point. Just make sure to get at least some movement in your day for greater productivity and less sluggishness.
It might not make sense to dress up at home, but it actually does wonders for your self-esteem! You don't have to wear a full set of office clothes, but even small things like doing your hair or make-up can go a long way in making you feel like you're in the zone. Also, with the many Zoom work calls that you'll be taking, it's good to not look like you just rolled out of bed.
Burnout is a real issue, y'all!
Working from home will make it even more difficult for you to segment between work and play. Having a work-life balance will be even more challenging now that you don't have a specific knock-off time. It is thus very important that you set aside the breaks for yourself - if you don't do it, who's gonna do it for you?
Give yourself time to do nothing. Allow yourself the space to think, breathe, and put your mind off work. This can be during your workday, or when you officially knock-off.
If working from home mainly involves you plopping yourself down wherever there’s a comfy chair and a spot for your laptop, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
While there are a lot of benefits to logging hours from the comfort of your own living space, you do miss out on some of the structure that comes with a more traditional office environment. Luckily, you have the ability to create the perfect workspace that blends the benefits of working from home with the structure of working in an office.
Be intentional about the way you work from home. Create a dedicated spot where you work, preferably away from distractions like the TV or noisy pets. Make sure it has some storage where you can keep all your work-related things.
Take some time to personalize the space, and have fun with it. In a typical office, with side-by-side cubicles or open floor plan workspaces, you generally can’t exert a lot of control over the environment you work in. So when you’re creating your work-from-home space, create an environment that’s ideal for you. Experiment with aromatherapy, bring in a space heater or start a small desktop herb garden. Making the space really feel like your own will help you get excited about working, so you don’t end up wandering the house looking for distractions.