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Productivity When Working From Home

1. Create a dedicated workspace

When working from home it is good to have a dedicated work area if possible.

Sometimes space doesn’t allow to have a home office, so you need to come up with ingenious ideas for working so that you are not just sitting on your sofa or bed using your laptop.

Having a dedicated workspace will also make it easier for you to get into the flow of working.

2. Declutter

They say a tidy house, a tidy mind, which I really think is true, as I feel very unsettled and distracted when my house is in a mess.

I do have a tendency to be a messy person, so things can get a little out of hand if I don’t keep on top of it – oops!

I like to make sure that my home office desk is clean and tidy at the end of the day so that when I start to work the next day it’s all ready for me in the morning.

3. Set a work schedule

Google calendar is where my whole life lives on, I add all my appointments, workouts what hours I am going to work, and even when I am going to take a lunch break because we need a good lunch!

There are some great blog posts and YouTube videos on how to set up a work schedule, and how to block out by theme 

4. Take breaks (Pomodoro technique)

I have recently been bingeing on Megan Minns’ podcast (which I highly recommend!) and she advocates using the Pomodoro technique which is 25 minutes work with a 5-minute break, which you repeat 4 times then have a longer break of 30 minutes.

Then you start the round again.

I have been using this technique and it has really helped me to get my stuff done, and because it’s in smaller chunks it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.

I have been using the Focus Keeper app on my iPhone, they do a free version or paid, I upgraded to the paid version for £1.99.

5. Music for Focus

I love using Spotify and they have such great music to choose from as well as different moods and genre’s my fave for focus is Brain Food.

When I am focusing on work I need to have music that has no singing, as I will focus on the words and not what I am writing 🙂

I love using my headphones and that helps to remove the distracting noises, which normally come from my beloved pooches.

6. Stay away from social media

I don’t know about you, but Social media is such a time suck for me!  I only ever intend to have a quick visit and then suddenly an hour has disappeared and I’ve got nothing to show for it!

So when I know I have to do something on either Facebook or Instagram, I set the timer that I purchased from Amazon {link} for a specific time usually 20 minutes, so I can get in and get what I need to be done, without slipping into that rabbit hole of time! 

7. Plants

Having plants around me makes me feel so much better, I’m not sure if it’s the colour green, or that they are natural, but when I look at them I feel clearer mentally.

Also, house plants are great at cleaning and purifying the air.

The house plants ones that I recommend are those that are low maintenance, such as ferns or Peace Lillies, they are easy to look after, I am not the most green-fingered, so if I can keep them alive I am sure you can too 😉

8. Get dressed for work

I have made this mistake before, in that, I would just put on anything that I felt comfortable in when I knew I was working from home, but I felt too slobby (is that a word?!) and didn’t get into the right frame of mind to get my shiz done.

So, I don’t have a uniform, but I make sure I am wearing proper clothing and even do my hair and make which gets me much more focused on the work ahead.

9. Get comfy

Whether you are working at your kitchen table, office desk make sure you have a proper chair to sit at.

If you are going to be working for a few hours, you do not want your back or neck to take the strain of just perching on a stool.

So invest in a proper office chair to support your back, your body will thank you for it!

10. Calming/Focus Scents

I am also a fully qualified Aromatherapist, so smells are something I love, especially essential oils.

My favourites for using to focus are basil, rosemary, spearmint and orange.

I will be doing a blog post with a free download of my favourite aromatherapy blends for focus, so keep an eye out for that.

I put 5 drops of the oils I am drawn to that day in a diffuser and it fills the air with a gorgeous scent – yum!

The diffuser I use is the Soto from Neal’s Yard Remedies.

I also have lots of candles, but I am very fussy with them, they need to be good quality and my favourite so far are from Anthropolgie especially the Boulangerie range.

11. Get as much natural light as possible

Natural light has such a massive effect on our mood and alertness.

I am lucky that my desk is next to a big window, but if you have one at your workspace, during your work rests if you are using the Pomodoro technique, get up and get outside for the 5 minutes and do some breathing exercises or some neck and back stretches.

12. Don’t multitask

I always wondered why I was absolutely pants at multitasking, it’s because it doesn’t work!

For some, they may be able to do all the things together, but for me, I need to focus on one thing at a time as I end up doing nothing properly!

Plus I end up spending far more time, than if I did them separately.

13. Communication

It’s good to get into the habit of letting your partner or housemate know when you need to get on with work at home, as that will keep you from getting distracted or frustrated.

My husband has varied times when he is out with his job, and he is sometimes at home during the day, so when this happens I let him know if I need to get on with something and he won’t disturb me, and he also takes the pooches out for their walk without me so I can get on with my blog post or client work.

Communication is key!

14. Stick to a finish time schedule 

It’s very easy to keep working and working, but if you don’t stick to defined finish times, one you will eventually suffer burn out, but you will also miss out on times with your family and friends.

You need to have times when you can relax and spend some time on self-care, this will help you come up with new ideas and be more productive.

15. Batching tasks

This is something that is new to me, so I am still working on this.  

But to batch successfully, you would do like tasks together, such as creating images for your blog posts, writing up blog posts together, this is especially great if you are feeling in a creative mood.

There are lots of posts and YouTube videos that show how batching tasks together helps with saving time, as you don’t need to keep switching to a new task in your brain, as well as being more productive.

Here is one from…. you guessed it my productivity guru Megan Minns 🙂 https://meganminns.com/blog/batching

Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, let me know in the comments below what’s your ways to boost productivity whilst working at home.

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