Like a lot of the world, I’m still working from home; and although it has its perks (hello comfy clothes!), it can be challenging to focus with dogs barking, kids virtually home-schooling, and that to-do list getting ever longer. Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day! After nearly a year of this, you’d think I’d be used to it. But I’m still refining the way I get things done, researching tips for how to best work from home, and thought I’d share a few that have worked for me!
1. Block time on your schedule for tasks – and stick to it!
If you’re like me, it can be easy to jump from one task to another or get distracted by something that needs to get done at home (I’m looking at you, pile of laundry on the couch..) without being very productive. Instead, try blocking out your time for certain tasks – like checking your email and responding in bulk only 3 times per day instead of every time a new one comes in – and work to focus on just that task during the time scheduled. You can do this easily on Google calendar and sync it to your computer and phone – it helps keep you on track and ensures you can fit everything in each day.
2. Take time for you!
Whether it’s a few minutes in the morning before the rest of the house gets up, or scheduling in your workout on your calendar between meetings, making sure you take time for yourself can improve productivity and give you more energy throughout the day. It can be easy to skip when you have a million other things to do, but you’ll be able to give more to others and to your work once you’ve given yourself time for self-care. I’m a big fan of the Calm app – it has great guided meditations and even calming music to listen to.
3. Create your own workspace
When the pandemic first started, I was guilty of working from my couch most days; but I soon realized how easy it was to get distracted and have less energy to get things done. So, I took time to create my own office space and I actually try to use it. I’m also a big fan of standing up to work, and have been known to set my laptop on a pile of books for an instant standing desk! Having a specific place to work helped me be more productive and feel like I was actually at work, not just at home.