How To Stay On The Ball While Working From Home

computer-918678_640.jpgWorking from home getting you down? Here’s how to kick the productivity blues with simple and easy steps that’ll get you into your flow!

Three Ways To Be More Productive When Working From Home

Working from home isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and even those who enjoy it know that it’s easy to get a little… What was this article about? Oh Yes! Distracted. Although many people are returning to offices, the third wave is making many employers and employees wary of returning. So if you’re still stuck at home there are myriad ways to ensure you get the most out of your day, but I’m going to stick to the basics because the basics work best. We’re going to examine three simple ways to make your workday worth more.

  1. Start Early Yet Slowly

Your day should start and end with intention. If you’re waking up in a hurry, there’s very little time to plan your steps and align your thoughts and you’re going to find yourself struggling to get on track. If you set your alarm even a little earlier, you’ll be giving yourself time to go through a good morning routine so that you start with a fresh body and a clean space.

It took me years to realise how important making the bed is to my mental health, especially in a smaller space. At half past eight I sit down to read my emails but before this point I really try to avoid looking at my phone as it can throw the whole process off. The point is not to be overwhelmed by information, but to use this quiet time to get grounded and ready for the day.

  1. Allocate Time for Breaks

Obviously this doesn’t work in every situation. Deadlines exist, and often meetings run overtime. But if you’re planning a project that’s going to take up the next few days, try to include some healthy rest time when you do something fun like play with real money. Resting your mind doesn’t necessarily mean taking a siesta (I find napping the quickest way to derail a day) but rather occupying your mind with something different for a quick half hour.

If you don’t know where to start, try to find something you’ve been meaning to practise and work on it - whether it’s an instrument, colouring in, or even a puzzle of some kind, use these interludes to focus in on something that matters to you but can be properly time-managed. Exercise is important but should be factored in later in the day if it’s going to be a hard workout. If you need to move your body, maybe take a quick walk rather than a heavy gym session.

  1. Dress Up

This might sound a little out there, but I don’t believe in working in overly comfy clothes. Not that I’d wear a suit under any conditions, but when I’m working, I want to feel like I’ve put effort into myself. Washing, shaving and putting together a good outfit means that I feel comfortable and confident, and even if no one else sees it, it makes a difference.

I hope you’ve gained some inspiration as to how you can feel better and work better while working from home!