24 Jun 20 / Blog

How to be productive working from home

For some working from home is an absolute joy and they move through the day staying consistently productive, organised and motivated for others its the complete opposite.
Those not coping well crave the hustle and bustle of a busy energetic office to keep them engaged and energised.

Here are my top tips for getting productive at home and you may even enjoy it!

1. Create a space in your home thats just for you. Think about the space wisely, i’m not saying you need to feng shui the whole house but being mindful of spaces that energise you vs deplete you is key. Take for example when i moved house there was a neat little corner at the far end of my living room that was perfect for me desk, it had a sloping ceiling and felt cosy but for me it just didn’t work it felt uninspiring. I decided to move the desk away from the walll and sit behind it so my views were now the whole living room with a great view out onto our courtyard. Test different spaces to see what works for you.

2. Have strict start and finish times with regular breaks. Breaks are so important for your energy and motivation levels, also what you do in that break time is important too. Maybe virtual coffee with colleagues or a nice walk outside the house for 20minutes will give you that much needed space away to come back focussed and energised

3. Plan meals so that you don’t snack through the day like Buddy the Elf! Its obvious that beige food will make you feel beige so be conscious of what you’re eating to what output it will give. Also remember you have better facilities at home to eat healthier that you do at the office so theres no excuse!

4. Make clear achievable goals for the week then break that down into daily tasks. You will no doubt have set work you have to achieve but what can you be doing to stretch yourself and increase creativity?

5. Don’t let your mind play tricks on you. Its easy to start thinking “what’s he or she thinking about x, y and z” when you are not in an office environment and most communication is done via e-mail we can start to read into peoples written words which can play into any beliefs you have about not feeling good enough. Where you can have spoken conversations so this can illuminate any self doubt you have.

6. Plan in time with your team / manager. Make sure these conversations are structured around updates, expectations, feedback and praise. Its easy to feel we are forgotten when everyone else is getting on with their work and you’re not physically visible so make sure you are doing this virtually

7. Keep a strict to do list. Keeping on top of what you are doing and when will not only benefit you from a coping perspective but also when you speak to others you can relay what you have been working on rather than trying to jog your memory. The single most important thing about any to do list is to do the ugly thing on the list first, the one you would normally procrastinate over. This will increase your motivation instantly

If you are still struggling i would suggest you keep and little daily diary. Mark the day out of 10 with 10 being a fantastic day and 0 the worst then write a few words as to why it received that score. This will help you to problem solve good days from bad and then create a blueprint for what the perfect day looks like