One of my favorite things about being a millennial is the way the work place has changed for many. Dogs are welcome in the office, taking breaks is more encouraged and many jobs allow us to work from our bed. It makes me so happy to see that the work force is realizing that time does not equal productivity and that has allowed many of us to work from home.
Though working from home is great and I know I get more done now then I ever did when I worked in house anywhere but just like working from the office has its challenges so does working from home. I’m the king of chilling I’ll be the first to copt to that and at times working from home can be challenging to get into that productivity mode especially when things around you are distracting you. I decided to make a list of things that have helped me be more productive while I’m working at home and hopefully something will help you.
1.) Make your space Inspiring
To me this has to be one of the most important steps to being productive especially when working in any field that involves creativity. Having a space or being surrounded in a space that inspires you helps you come up with new ideas and at the same time makes you comfortable in your space. Personally I love having plants and vinyls playing in the background but have your space full of things that you love.
2.) Get out of the House
Sometimes you get in a funk in your house and can’t seem to get anything done (me all the time when I get sucked into random documentaries on YouTube.) When this happens I’m all about a coffee shop work day sesh. I love coffee and a caffeine buzz but thats not the only thing I love about coffee culture. I also love the vibe, the people that come in and out and that most of the good ones have outlets + good wifi.
Though at times being around people can be distracting it can also be motivating. The people around you are working and getting things done and this puts me in check. Coffee shops are also a great place to take meetings between work sessions which makes them even better.
3.) Have a Schedule
If anyone hates routine its me, like I don’t even brush my teeth and take a shower in the same order because routines freak me out. I hate to admit it but having a routine of some sort is pretty important when it comes to working from home. I’m not saying you need to sit at your desk at the exact minute every day but at least have an estimate, of course if something comes up don’t stress it but when you can meet your estimate do it. I personally aim to get something done by 8:30, I’m not perfect it doesn’t always happen but I give ample effort and thats whats important.
I literally always watched the kids in school that made lists and kind of admire them and at the same time kind of made fun of them in my head. I always thought wow I’ll never be that type A but then I realized lists aren’t really for the type A they are for us B’s that are totally distracted and down to sleep in when we can not the ones that spring up at 6 to get “their hustle on.” PS if I hear the word hustle anymore I might actually die.
What I’m saying is make lists, literally it will help you. It keeps you accountable and gives you tangible goals that don’t seem as overwhelming and I hate to admit it but checking them off is so satisfying.
5.) Take Breaks
There is nothing worse then spreading yourself too thin. When you do this nothing gets done right or as good as they potentially could have been. Sometimes its okay to put things off, sometimes its okay to take a walk, sometimes its okay to say “hey this is actually going to take longer then I anticipated.” We are human, we deserve breaks, life is too short to stress the small stuff.
When your feeling overwhelmed or keep getting distracted go read a book, go get a massage, or take a hike. Some (definitely not me) feel bad for doing this but its so necessary to check out sometimes and in the long run will make you tons more productive when you have a clear head and are rested.