Working from home is great! You have so much more freedom, and is there anything better than being able to decide your own schedule?
Well, as many people who work from home can attest to, setting your own schedule is one thing, but actually following it is another. Sometimes the freedom that we love so much about working from home is exactly what makes it hard to work from home.
It’s so easy to hit the snooze button on your alarm and keep on sleeping knowing that you don’t have anywhere to go. Unfortunately, doing that doesn’t lead to a productive day.
So how do you start having a productive day? Here are some ways you can revamp your day, and turn it into something productive!
Wake Up Early
As hard as it is to do, waking up early is the first step to having a productive day.
When you wake up early, you’ll be able to really take advantage of your day. Waking up early will also allow you to spend more time on your morning routine instead of rushing around before sitting down at your desk or table for work.
Your mornings are, obviously, the first part of your day, so starting your morning off right is important. It’s what will shape the rest of your day!
Unfortunately, it’s easy to talk about getting up early. But when it comes to actually doing it, it can be a challenge. If you’re a late riser, it’s best to work up to becoming an early riser in incremental steps. Set your alarm fifteen minutes earlier every day until you’re waking up at your goal time. And do your best to get yourself up and out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off—no lounging around in bed!
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Your breakfast is the first thing that nourishes your body, so it’s important to make sure you feed yourself right. You don’t need to spend hours cooking and building the perfect breakfast, but you want to make sure that it’s nourishing and healthy. Fruits are great breakfast foods, and smoothies are awesome ways to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need in an easy to consume way.
With your new, healthy breakfast, you’ll likely find that you’re much more productive throughout the day. This is because you’re fueling your body and mind with healthy food right from the get-go, and setting yourself up for success.
If you aren’t already meditating, this is something you’ll want to try out.
Meditation is a great way to lower stress and anxiety, which will make you more productive. We’ve all had stressful, anxious days, and we all know how badly that can affect our performance throughout the day. Not only that but working while we’re stressed can affect the quality of our work too.
Meditation and mindfulness reduce stress and anxiety, leaving you with a clear mind. It also helps increase focus levels, so you’ll be much more productive throughout the day. Start your morning with a few minutes of meditation—it doesn’t have to be a long time to work!
Similarly, yoga is a great way to increase mindfulness and focus while also moving your body. Doing yoga helps you increase mindfulness and also gets your blood moving, which will help you be more productive.
Do the Hard Work First
There’s nothing worse than having a task you know you have to do but are just dreading doing. Knowing that task is looming over you makes the rest of your day so miserable. And it can slow you down on all your other work.
So how do you get over it?
Well, you do the hard task first!
As much as you might be unwilling to, it’s best practice to do the hardest tasks first. As much as you don’t want to do it, once you get it out of the way, you won’t have to worry about it anymore! You’ll be much more motivated to do your other work, and you’ll be much more productive about it too.
So as soon as you sit down at your desk, start working on the tasks that are hard and get them out of the way. You’ll find that by doing this, you’ll have a much more relaxing workday, which will make you way more productive!
Looking for some motivation? Here are some great motivational quotes to help inspire you to get to work.
Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
One of the greatest things about humans is that we’re all different. Different things work for different people! And one of the best things about working from home is that it gives you the chance to work in a way that’s effective and productive for you.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to having a productive day working from home. So while these tips are a great starting point, you shouldn’t be afraid to try new things, and add other elements to your daily routine.
Over time, you’ll find what works for you. And if things start feeling stale, don’t hesitate to switch things up! Sometimes just adding something new to your routine is enough to make it feel new and exciting again, which will help motivate you to be more productive.
Freedom can be both the greatest asset and the greatest vice for those of us working from home. On one hand, we get to work at our own pace and decide your own schedule.
On the other hand, that much leniency can make it hard to motivate ourselves.
Luckily, there are ways to make yourself more productive while you work from home. So try waking up early, feeding yourself a healthy and nutritious breakfast, meditate to clear your mind and reduce stress, and get rid of the hard tasks first.
And don’t forget—experimenting and trying new things is one of the most important things! You’ll find what works for you, and be more productive and, ultimately, much happier.