- Many people find they’re more productive working from home than they are working out of an office.
- Here, self-employed author Jennifer Still details five ways she’s been able to increase her productivity while working from home.
I’ve been employed in several different industries over the years in different environments.
From post-production studios to administrative offices to retail stores, I toiled away on the clock (and under my boss’s watchful eye) for much of my working life and always felt moderately productive.
It wasn’t until I began working from home as an editor and writer nearly a decade ago that I realized how little I was actually getting accomplished in a traditional work environment, compared to performing my duties while in my own space.
I’m now more productive than ever, and I attribute much of that to following these productivity tips.
1. I exercise first thing in the morning.
I’ve always found exercising at night to hype me up too much instead of winding me down, so I prefer to do my workouts in the morning. I hit the gym early to get in some hardcore sweat sessions before heading home to have a quick shower, grab a coffee, and sit down to work.
I find that getting my body moving first thing also gets my brain in gear so that I’m awake, focused, and ready to conquer my day. Even if you’re not doing hardcore cardio or weight lifting, even taking the dog out for a brisk walk can help get you ready to conquer your day.
2. I stand up at least once an hour and walk away from my computer.
Maybe you have a fitness tracker that reminds you when you’ve been sedentary too long (typically once per hour, at least on my Apple Watch). If not, you can set your own timer on your phone or even online to remind you to stand up and get your blood flowing again at regular intervals. This is not only good for your body but also your brain.
I find that when I stand up at least once per hour, I can sort of shake off the haze that comes over me when I’m focused on one task for a long time. When I sit back down, I feel refreshed and ready to get back to it. Bonus tip: the better hydrated you are, the more often you’ll have to get up and use the bathroom, so that might be helpful here too.
3. I lock myself out of social media during periods of heavy workload.
Social media is a time suck during my free time — I can’t afford to have it ruining my work hours too. While it’s fine to take a little break now and then to browse the web, I try to ensure I’m using that time wisely, say, to catch up on the local news or look up a recipe to make for dinner that night. I know if I get on Twitter or Facebook, I can kiss goodbye to valuable time.
I now have enough self-control to just avoid going to those sites while I’m trying to accomplish a particularly large or pressing task, but if you don’t, you could always use a plugin or website to do it for you. I recommend the Google Chrome add-on StayFocused to keep you on task.
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