The irony of this post is not lost on me, as I spent 30 minutes before writing falling down the Facebook rabbit hole. I have not always been productive when working from home. It is something I need to consciously practice each and every day. Over the years of trying to be productive, I have learned what is right for me, perhaps some of these ideas will work for you too.
How To Be Productive When Working From Home
Create A Work Friendly Space
I usually work from my desk nook, however that is not always the best place for me. Each day I asses what is happening around my home and create a work friendly space to suit the day. Sometimes it’s on the deck, other times the kitchen table, my desk nook or the library. The key for me though is to ensure I have everything I need at my fingertips.
Once I set about working, I want to do so without the need to get up and down trying to find stuff to get the job done. A bit of planning goes a long way!
Work In Blocks Of Time
I can concentrate for a really long period of time, but that doesn’t actually mean I am productive. I divide my day into 4 sessions. My morning session starts before the kids are up and lasts anywhere from an hour to 3 hours if they are on holidays. After this I head out to do the school run and take the dog for a walk. The physical activity and break from my desk, help to stimulate my mind and keep me fresh.
The rest of my day is spent in 2-3 hour blocks, during which each hour I will get up and walk around for 5 minutes or so. I try to have a good break in-between of 15-20 minutes where I might spend some time outside, or at the very least away from my workspace.
You might find a longer block of time is ok for you, or you may need a shorter block, experiment until you find your optimum working time.
Drink Plenty Of Water
It is impossible for us to be productive when we are not hydrated, keep up your fluid intake. I keep a water bottle at my desk, and regularly use my 5 minute break to fill up a glass with sparkling water. I drink at least 2 litres a day, but most days it is more like 3. Keep your brain fresh and you will reap the productivity benefits.
Turn Off Notifications
The hardest part of ensuring productivity in this digital, and instant world is keeping distraction free. It can be easily achieved by turning off your notifications. It has taken me a lot of practice to get this one right, but some time spent on my socials before starting work, lunch time and then after work helps me feel comfortable to turn off my notifications during my work times.
Alternatively, leave your phone in another room. Make it hard to get up and pay it any attention. Be sure to keep Facebook turned off on your computer and even go as far as keeping your inbox closed until break times. Being free of distractions, is key to being productive when working from home.
Do you work from home? Any tips to share?