We’ve all been there. Days you just do not want to have to tackle that list of To Dos. When you are working from home it is far too easy to blow off the day and binge watch Netflix and ignore your direct sales business completely… but that will not help you to achieve your goals. Some days we just need an extra little push in the right direction to get us going. I decided to share some productivity tips today with you so that you can learn how to have a more productive day and get back on track with your goals.
Why the Funk?
First, try to figure out why you are feeling this way. Are you feeling burnt out? Are you dreading one (or more!) of the tasks on your To Do list? Are you lacking inspiration as a whole? Maybe just suffering from a bit of “Analysis Paralysis?” Try figuring out why you are feeling the way you are so you can acknowledge it and then work to solve it. You may also need to have a pattern interrupt and launch an impromptu dance party in the living room to get you moving.
Accomplish Something – ANYTHING – First Thing In The Morning
Get the ball rolling for a great day by accomplishing something first thing in the morning – even if that task is something small. I begin every day my cleaning my kitchen. I used to clean after dinner each night, but I found that I would rather spend that time with my family, and enjoy the accomplishment and feel of a super clean kitchen while enjoying my morning coffee. Accomplish something and then spend a moment enjoying how it feels to have that task completed.
Adjust your Morning Routine
There are a few tweaks you can make to your morning routine so that will help get you started on the right foot so you have a more productive mindset going into the day. Make sure that you’re eating something healthy with some protein in it to start your day off right. While you’re enjoying a healthy breakfast option, start writing down your priority list. If you find that many things are a priority, start with your easiest priority task and work up to the more difficult priority tasks. When you use your morning routine to prepare a to-do list based on priority levels, you’ll naturally start to have more productive days.
Stick to your Priority List
Once you have made the list, commit to sticking to it. One problem with working from home is that it is easy to get distracted from your work to do list with a home to do list. Consider breaking up your list into chunks that allow home activities between tasks. Just make sure that you come back to your work list each time. One tip is to use an egg timer so that you do not lose track of time. If you get stuck on an item on your list, move it down on the list, and keep working on the things you can accomplish to get your productivity going.
Allow Breaks during the Day
As mentioned with sticking to your priority list, taking a break is necessary to keep you going. It’s okay to take breaks throughout your day, especially if you have a heavy workload. In order for you to have a more productive workday, you’ll want to have rewards when a task is completed otherwise you may lose your confidence and motivation. It’s great to take a break in between tasks because it helps transition your mind from one priority item to another. You should consider having a regular lunch break each day as well as a morning and afternoon fifteen-minute break.
Be Aware of Unstructured time
There are many apps, like the RescueTime app that you can easily download to help track where you’re wasting time during the day. Often we feel like we don’t have enough time in our day to be as productive as we can be. Take the time to figure out where your unstructured time is and fill it in with more tasks so that you’re taking full advantage of your day to day routine. When you take time to evaluate where your time is being spent during the day, it helps to give you perspective on how you can adjust the use of time during your day to day lifestyle.
Manage Your Distractions
One of the biggest killers of productivity is social media. We have become a society obsessed with notifications and feel the need to immediately check and respond to messages. If you were working a corporate job you would not be able to take those personal calls or texts, so during your scheduled office hours, consider turning off notifications. You can Schedule Your Social Media Updates to still maintain your online presence without having to be logged in at all times.
Having a more productive day – every day – is possible with the help of these productivity tips. Plus, like most everything, the more you practice these tips, the more you will create habits around productivity and success! It is a total win-win!