Working from home has a unique set of challenges to overcome. In recent months, we have all become very familiar with each of these obstacles! From procrastination to lazy afternoons, everyone could use a few work from home productivity hacks. Let’s get started!
The Future of Work from Home
It’s been said and said again, but 2020 is a year that is changing the world. The corporate sector has been severely impacted by quarantine and social distancing. What does this mean for the future?
Many offices will never reopen to 5-day-a-week workspaces.
If the last few months have proven anything, most jobs can easily be done at home. Why take significant health risks when business can continue as usual? As this particular Forbes article went on to say, remote work is here to stay. The faster we can master work at home productivity, the better!
Raises and performance reviews will be more data-driven.
With remote work becoming the only option for many companies, it only makes sense to change performance review criteria. Bosses are no longer over shoulders observing work habits, so they need to focus on employee output and other factors.
Meeting new output criteria and staying ahead of the game are reasons for remote workers to start increasing their work from home productivity!
Flexibility will come at a cost.
The obvious benefit of working from home is increased flexibility! This means more time with the kids, more time to travel, or to do whatever!
However, there is a catch. Remember those new performance measures I mentioned earlier? There will be several new measurements your employer will use to determine your productivity away from the office. Best master your work from home routines now and make your flexible schedule work for you.
Work from Home Productivity Hacks
1. Get Dressed
Getting dressed for your workday signals to your brain that it is time to work. The physical action of changing clothes preps your mind for maximum productivity. Now, I love joggers and yoga pants as much as the next person, so I’m not suggesting you have to go for office attire! Put on whatever makes you feel ready for the day. Don’t forget your shoes! The simple act of wearing shoes can totally change your energy as you go about your routine tasks.
2. “Pack” your lunch.
The more question marks you can remove from your day, the better! If you can answer the question, “what am I going to eat today,” before the day even begins, you will have more time for productivity!
Obviously, you don’t physically have to pack your lunch in your lunch bag for this hack to be useful. Making a meal plan for the week works just as well. Planning your lunch also lessens distracting snacking during your work hours.
3. Time block your week
You now have more control than ever over your precious company minutes. Why not make them work for you? Sort your tasks into similar groups. For example, put your email-related tasks in one batch and your content-creating tasks in another. Now block out sections of time in your day for each of your task groups.
Read all about how to get started time blocking with my beginner’s guide!
4. Take stretch/movement breaks
We all know that a sedentary lifestyle is BAD for your health in every way. Fight the adverse effects of sitting all day by getting up and moving!
Take a ten-minute yoga break and do some deep stretching. Or, turn on your favorite song and have a private dance party! Anything you can do to get your blood moving regularly is a good thing. Your body (and your productivity) will thank you.
5. Start your day with mindset work
Perhaps my favorite work from home productivity hack is starting each morning with mindset journaling. Mindset work prepares your brain for the day ahead and primes it for productivity. You only need about five minutes to drastically change the course of your day. Lucky for you, I’ve created a guide to help you get started.
6. Practice Gratitude
On the same note, practicing gratitude can significantly increase your daily productivity as well. Gratitude floods the brain with dopamine and serotonin (the feel-good drugs of the brain). They raise your vibration! Practicing gratitude also opens the intuition and promotes an abundance mindset. There are many ways to power up your gratitude practice for maximum results!
7. Choose a daily affirmation
An affirmation is a positive truth that replaces a negative message in your brain. Meditating on affirmations motivates and inspires productivity throughout your day. This practice also lessens stress and boosts confidence. Talk about a productivity hack!
8. Set a timer
This work from home productivity hack goes hand in hand with time blocking, but you can also use it separately. Sort your tasks into deep work and busy work items. (Deep work tasks are the tasks that require intense concentration for long periods. Busywork tasks are those that need minimal attention over short periods.) Set a timer for how long you want each task to take. Finish the job before the timer goes off and move on to the next!
9. Avoid refined carbs
No, I’m not telling you how to eat. But if you want to increase your productivity and boost your energy, stay away from chips, pretzels, cookies, and crackers. Not only do these processed foods clog up your system, but they also slow down your brain! Have you ever noticed that you feel more lethargic after snacking on refined grains? Choose high-energy foods instead, like fruits, nuts, veggies, and green tea.
10. Swap Facebook for LinkedIn
The social media afternoon cravings – I’ve been there! After lunch, your productivity takes a nosedive. Suddenly 100 Buzzfeed articles on Chrissy Tiegan seem much more interesting than your work tasks!
My productivity hack for this is to scroll LinkedIn instead of Facebook. I can get my social media fix while making new connections and building my profile! LinkedIn can help you stay current with news in your field and grow your professional network. No, it’s not as fun as other platforms, but it will keep you productive!
11. Learn a new skill
What happens when you’ve finished your tasks for the day, and it’s only 11 am? While it’s tempting to log out and play Animal Crossing (guilty), consider investing that time in learning a new skill. Think of it as beating boredom by growing your resume!
Recently, I took on the project of learning HTML and CSS coding. For one, website coding interests me and is fun. For two, knowing how to build a website can help me in the future as I grow my online business. Or, if my business busts (let’s hope not), knowing code will be an asset for job hunting.
Being productive doesn’t have to be boring. Find a skill you’ve always wanted to learn and dive in, head first! You will prove yourself to be a go-getter at your job and a valuable member of your team.