If you have ever struggled with feeling productive at home or are wondering how you can have a more productive day, keep reading.
Everybody goes about starting their day differently. Some people wake up at the crack of dawn and accomplish their daily tasks before noon, and others don’t get out of bed until noon. It all depends on different factors like your schedule, mood, personality, or perhaps how late you stayed up the night before.
These are some tips that work best for me, and hopefully for you too!
1. Morning Routine
Personally, I like to wake up early in the morning to take advantage of the sunlight and quiet time at home. Usually I start off my day with a big glass of water, followed by a cup of coffee and a workout. When I wake up early, I make time for doing ‘me time’ tasks like my skincare routine, a nice breakfast, journaling, reading, or stretching.
Waking up early allows me to get more things done, therefore, making me feel more productive and accomplished.
Creating morning habits can help you set an intention for the day. Setting some goals, the night before, or even that morning, can add structure to a stressful or busy day. Having an intention or goal can make you feel more in control of your time and how you choose to spend it.
Even if the morning goal only involves one task, like folding the laundry, you’ll feel accomplished when it’s done.
Sometimes it can be difficult to start your day when you don’t even know where to begin.
I find it helpful to make a list of tasks that you want to get done throughout the day. Journaling and list making are an effective tool because it keeps you on track and serves as a visual aid that reinforces positive behavior by crossing off the tasks you complete.
Creating a list can help you prioritize your time depending on how you organize it. For example, by creating a list and starting it off with the most important tasks at the top, you are able to organize your day depending on what and how much you get done without over stressing.
Working from home can make it even more difficult to focus when you have a lot of work to do. This is why I recommend you focus on one task at a time, as well as crossing things off your list as you go about your day.
You know yourself better than anyone, so if you know that you are the most productive in the mornings, wake up early and get things done! Don’t wait until the afternoon to complete your tasks for the day because we both know it’ll be a lot harder to do.
Taking breaks and nourishing your body and mind is crucial when it comes to productivity. Oftentimes, I feel myself getting distracted or bored while I’m trying to get work done. However, I’ve come to realize that a good cup of coffee, or a snack break is the perfect fix.
I would recommend eating something relatively healthy like a piece of toast with peanut butter and banana slices, yogurt, or a seed and nut mix. Avoid sugary or heavy foods that will make you feel groggy because it’ll lead to unproductivity.
Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated!
5. Time Management
Knowing your limits when it comes to focusing and working takes practice. Just because you were at the office all day does not mean you were productive the entire time.
Taking breaks and reflecting on what you accomplished and what still needs to be done is vital when it comes to being productive. If you get hungry and you want to make lunch, make the most of your time and listen to meeting notes while you cook. Listening to the news or a podcast can also help you stay on track and feeling productive.
6. Acknowledge and Celebrate
After a long and productive day, reflecting on your accomplishments and celebrating can help reinforce this behavior through a reward system. Reflecting on your day is important because it makes you aware of the positive and negative things that you did throughout the day. Reflecting can help you figure out what worked or didn’t work.
Rewarding yourself for your accomplishments of the day with a cozy dinner, cup of ice cream, or move night can help reinforce this positive and productive behavior in the future.