From online school to being the owner of an online business, I know a thing or two about working from home.
The pandemic has changed how we work and live. Even when the pandemic ends, more people will work from home. So, I put together 7 tips to help you keep focus, be productive and stay sane on my blog!
Keep scrolling to read all about it!
1. Wear work clothes
My first tip is to get dressed. That's right! Change out of your PJs when you get up in the morning. I promise it will make a difference!
Your brain makes associations with different items. Your work clothes are a signal to your brain that it's time to work. Your PJs signal time for bed- at least that's how it works for me!
So, if I wore PJs while working, it's hard for me to want to work. At the same time, I start associating those clothes with work. So, it'll be harder for me to fall asleep in those PJs!
2. Keep a designated workspace
Make a designated workspace with all of your essentials. That way, you don't need to get up for anything other than a snack, and everything is organized in one place. It could even be on the couch, dining room table or an actual office/study!
I'm lucky enough to have my own office, where I do all of my school and business tasks.
3. Switch your workplace
It seems like a weird tip after my last one, but sometimes, I get bored working at my desk. Seeing the same view every day can get tiring after a while.
To change it up, I work on the couch! It's a change of scenery that I desperately need.
If you don't want to work or lack inspiration, change your work setting to one that's more comfortable. It'll feel like you're taking a break, but you're still working! Although, I always make a designated workspace even if it's not at my desk.
4. Listen to a low-fi playlist
I love Spotify's deep focus playlist. It's a 9-hour long playlist of low-fi music that helps me focus on what I have to do.
I've been using this since high school, and it's my secret to staying productive. The second I hear this playlist, I immediately get to work. There are no lyrics to distract me, so it's perfect!
5. Turn on do-not-disturb
Whenever I need to concentrate on something, I always put on the Do Not Disturb mode on my phone, iPad and Macbook. It prevents pesky notifications from popping up and distracting me!
Even if you don't have an Apple device, there are browser extensions or apps that do the same thing!
On my iPad, I also always have notification alerts turned off. Since I use it to take notes in lectures, those notifications are super disruptive.
6. Use a Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro Technique breaks down your work into 25-minute intervals with short breaks in between. I personally find 25 minutes too short. Instead, I usually set the timer for 1-3 hours, depending on the length of time I need for a task.
Once the timer ends, I move onto the next task. Sometimes, I take a break, but sometimes I don't. Sometimes, I find breaks disrupt my flow and, other times, I depend on breaks to motivate me to complete a task.
Setting a timer motivates me to work faster so I can finish the task in the allocated time.
I'm currently using an app called Flora on my phone. I grow a tree after a focus session, and if I leave the app, the tree dies. So, it's a great way to prevent distractions!
7. Take a break
Sometimes, the best way to stay productive is to take time to recharge. I always feel refreshed after I take a break!
So, have you tried any of these tips? I'd love to know if they work for you! If you want more tips like these, I have a weekly series on my Instagram called #tipstuesdayTH. Every Tuesday, I share crafting, productivity and entrepreneur advice that I've learned from experience!