Boost Productivity When You Are Working From Home
Are you looking for ways to boost your productivity? Are you working from home and wondering how to get everything done?
Then this article is for you. Using the strategies I lay out below, you will be able to increase your productivity today. Which will allow you to free up time to spend on your hobbies and other interests.
How Can You Boost Productivity Working At Home?
To boost productivity, you need a variety of strategies you can implement. Productivity is not just about getting things ticked off, it is also about doing them as best as you can and as efficiently as you can. So that you can have more time to spend on your hobbies and not work from dawn to dusk. Below are my best productivity tips to help you finish your tasks and projects.
Create A Routine
Creating a routine is an essential part to boost productivity. It allows your body and mind to get used to when it is work time. You can create a routine for your day or if your days are more varied, create a routine for your week. Routines give you structure and also help you to factor in time to spend on both personal and work activities.
When are you most productive? Is it in the early hours of the morning, late at night, before lunch, after lunch? Can you do the main bulk of your work during those hours?
Here is my current weekday routine:
- 8:30am-9:15am -> Get Ready
- 9:15am-9:30am -> Workout
- 9:30am-10am -> Breakfast
- 10am-10:30am -> She Reads Truth Bible Study
- 11am-1pm -> Work on Plan & Flourish
- 1pm-2pm -> Lunch
- 2:30pm-5pm -> Work on Plan & Flourish
- 5pm-6pm -> Read
- 6pm-7pm -> Dinner
- 7pm-7:30pm -> Wash Up
- 7:30pm-8:30pm -> TV
- 8:30pm-9pm -> Get Ready For Bed
- 9pm-9:15pm -> Plan Tomorrow
- 9:15pm-10pm -> TV
- 10pm-8:30am -> Sleep
Create A Schedule To Boost Productivity
Scheduling your tasks is such an important productivity tip. It helps you to focus and achieve your goals. Choose small tasks or break down your larger tasks into smaller steps that you can start working on. These tasks should help you to move towards your longer term goals.
Also, it is important to prioritise your tasks so you work on the tasks that have the highest impact or closest deadline first. For example, my top task today is to write this blog post.
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Use Time Blocking
Time blocking is a fantastic way to get more done and stop hopping from task to task. Time blocking is where you block off periods of time in your day for specific tasks. And if you add in colour coding, you can see at a glance what you are supposed to be doing and when you are supposed to be doing it. For example, personal is pink, work is blue, housework is grey and appointments and events are green.
You can time block both digitally and on paper. Common digital tools you can use are Google calendar, iCal and Outlook calendar. And to use paper, you could create a double page spread in your planner or bullet journal (for weekly time blocking) with time frames at the side or create a daily time block in your planner or bullet journal.
Using my current routine, this is what time blocking looks like for me:
- 8:30am-10:30am -> Pink (Personal) – Morning Routine
- 11am-1pm -> Blue (Work) – Work on Plan & Flourish
- 1pm-2pm -> Pink (Personal) – Lunch Break
- 2:30pm-5pm -> Blue (Work) – Another Block of Working on Plan & Flourish
- 5pm-6pm -> Pink (Personal) – Reading/Hobby Time
- 6pm-7:30pm -> Grey (Housework) – Cook Tea & Wash Up + Extra Household Chores If Needed
- 7:30pm-10pm -> Pink (Personal) – Evening Routine
For an in-depth walk through, see this fantastic video by Amy Landino on calendar blocking.
Try Task Batching
Task batching is related to time blocking and is used to group similar tasks together. So rather than spending 30 minutes hoovering in the morning, then spending 1 hour doing laundry in the afternoon, you would spend 90 minutes doing housework.
Task batching is very effective for smaller tasks, like housework or running errands. However, it can be used for business tasks. An example is, if you have got to update an old blog post and write 2 blog posts, you would dedicate a day to creating and updating blog content and only focus on those business tasks.
Everyone has trouble with distractions, but you can create a plan ahead of time so that when those distractions arise you can react differently and focus on your task. Everyone has different distractions, so have a think about what pulls you away from working on what you are doing. By creating a plan to manage your distractions, you can boost productivity.
Here are some common distractions:
- Social media apps or websites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc.)
- Background noise
- People interrupting
What boundaries or rules can you create to stop them from taking over your day? Here are some examples.
- Place time limits on the apps on your phone
- Remove social media apps on your phone
- Work in a different room to your TV
- Create a rule to only watch TV after a certain time
- Log out of your emails
- Dedicate a specific time to housework each day and only work on it during those hours
- Use a Pomodoro timer to help you focus on one task at a time
Put Your Phone In A Different Room To Boost Productivity
By putting your phone in a different room, it should limit the urge to pick it up and scroll through the latest posts on Instagram. Or you can just turn your phone off.
If it is too extreme to turn your phone off, use ‘do not disturb’ and set time limits on apps that you commonly use as a distraction. This should help limit distractions so that you can focus on your tasks.
How Do You Discipline Yourself To Work From Home?
Productivity tips are wonderful and can help you get loads done. However, you need self-discipline to do the work. This often comes through practice and doing the things that need to get done when they need to get done. Here are three things that can help.
Consistently work on your business even if it is just one small thing each day, like pinning 1 image. This will help build a habit of working on your business and build momentum of doing something and seeing results.
Stick To A Schedule
Create a schedule, see the section on productivity tips above, and stick to it as much as possible. Over time, you will get into the groove of doing work at certain times. You can of course tweak the schedule as you use it to adapt to any changes in your situation.
Set Short-Term And Long-Term Goals
Having clear short-term and long-term goals can motivate you to do the work and see results. Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals can all be set to help you stay focused on what needs to get done to go after the life you want.
To boost productivity, you need both productivity tips and self-discipline. Through different productivity tips, you can get more done when you are working from home. These include creating a routine and schedule to give you structure and using time blocking and task batching to work on your tasks. Plus, managing distractions by identifying what your common distractions are and how you can react when they arise.
You now have strategies you can use to be productive working at home. Please pin this article to reference later and share with others who would benefit from the tips. And subscribe to receive your free weekly planner.