Do you find yourself at the start of each week thinking “I’m gonna be sooo productive this week! I’ve got my to-do list, I’m going to work through that and get everything completed!”
Then 30 minutes later you’re scrolling through Pinterest looking at juice cleanses that you’ll never actually start?
Or maybe you find yourself in a super focussed 2 hours, and then end up crashing and burning, and can’t find your flow again for the rest of the day.
This then results in feelings of guilt, which actually forces you to be less productive throughout the week.
The struggle is real when working from home, and we’ve all been there. These cycles of self-sabotage can wreak havoc on our mindsets, and ruin weeks of work at a time.
But not anymore.
I want to share some tips with you that will help you;
Live a balanced life
Keep your mind refreshed to allow you to consistently stay on top of your to-do list without overwhelm and create your best work
1. Create a schedule you love
Having a schedule in place that makes you excited to get up in the morning is game-changing for your business.
We’re not just talking business-wise though, you need to include activities you love into your schedule, such as having a coffee with a friend, or a Netflix binge. So allocate yourself some time for focussed work, and make sure to include other activities you can enjoy guilt-free, because actually, you’re getting more work done this way.
Having a balanced schedule with things you love doing, will help prevent burn-out, keep you organised, and allow you to show up as the best version of yourself in your business.
2. Have an amp up routine
Start your day with something that helps you get excited to start work, and raises your energy levels. Your attitude and mood affect everything you do, so this is key.
This might be a cup of coffee in your favourite mug. A workout to get your heart racing and get those endorphins flowing. Meditation to get your mindset in check for the day. Maybe even playing a super uplifting playlist on loud to get you smiling.
Whatever helps your brain perk up and get excited…do it
3. Have a designated workspace
I know this one is really, really hard. We’re living the work from home life and it’s so easy to curl up in your bed and work, or get onto the sofa, only to find yourself being distracted by the TV!
We all do it sometimes, and that is absolutely fine if it’s sometimes.
It’s so important though that you have a specific place to do your super-focused tasks. This lets your brain know–ok, it’s time to work!
Take some time to think about where is going to be the best space in your house, and make this a space that you love being. Get some houseplants around your desk, some photo frames, or artwork. Purchase a beautiful office chair, or stationary, and really make it a place you take pride in and love sitting.
4. Change your environment
It’s really, really important to give yourself some away time from your screen.
Some of the best, most creative ideas come when you’re not staring at a screen.
Get away from your desk! Maybe make a coffee and drink this elsewhere in the house. Do some stretches to get your blood flowing again, or give your play with your pet (if you have one). Just something that’s a positive move for you and gives you a break from screentime.
Your brain will thank you for it.
5. Turn off notifications
Did you know…
You can actually turn off notifications for Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger on your phone?
Just imagine how much extra time you’ll have on your hands when you’re not receiving notifications every 5 minutes. Even if you just quickly check, this is a break in your productivity and can take you some time to get back to what you were doing.
Instead, have set times in your day to check social media, your text messages, and email.
6. Recognise what you need
If you’re an extrovert, you might need to socialise so you can have a little chat/rant/giggle and recharge a bit. If you need to be around people, allow time to have lunch with a friend, or give a loved one a call.
If you’re an introvert and you’ve been on zoom calls all day, set aside time for yourself.
You need to allow yourself this time to be your best self, so take some time to recognise what that is to help you with that.
7. Take breaks
This is so important to be conscious of. If you’ve been staring at the computer for three hours, get up and walk around!
If this is something you find yourself persistently doing, it might be useful to implement the Pomodoro method. With this method, you set a timer, you work really hard for a set time, and then you get up and take a break!
Even if not taking a break isn’t your thing, and you find yourself taking too many breaks, this will encourage you to get your head down for focussed work for this set period of time, knowing you’ve got that designated time coming up shortly.
Give it a try, it will actually make you more productive.
8. Find a way to clock out
Just like you had an amp-up routine, you need a clock-out routine.
So what does it mean to actually clock out for the day? It should probably involve turning off your computer… I know this is something that’s scary to an entrepreneur, but, go ahead and turn off your computer.
You need to wrap-up your day and declare to yourself that this is my time to relax.
Then spend time with friends, family, or just have some recoup time. You need it!
These are some of the most super simple, yet effective tips that really help you to stay focused and be more productive working from home.