6 Ways to Boost your At-Home Productivity
It's been about a year since the world started working from home, and although we've begrudgingly grown used to it, I think it's fair to say that we're flagging. With most people's commute shrinking from a 30-minute bus journey to a distance of 10 paces from their bed to their desk, it's becoming increasingly difficult to identify where the working day ends and your personal life begins.
As the world slowly begins to open up again, and people start returning to their 9-5, there are many who have transitioned in the past year to a full-time freelance lifestyle. So how can you ensure that your productivity and motivation levels stay high when working from home?
Keep reading for 6 ways to boost your at-home productivity.
1. Drink water!
Not to sound too much like your mum, but you have to make sure you're drinking enough water every day. Not only can it give you more energy and increase your brain function, but it also helps to prevent headaches and can make you feel less sluggish in the mornings. It's science, you see!
If you're not a fan of the taste of water, try adding a squeeze of lemon, mint, or ginger to your glass.
2. Declutter your desk or workspace
They say that a tidy desk is a tidy mind - and you'd be surprised by how true this is! Keeping the space around you organised will help you to stay on top of work projects and to-do lists, and will render your environment much less stressful. If you find that you're starting to feel overwhelmed, take a 5-minute break to tidy up or rearrange the space around you. Light a scented candle, make a cup of tea, and get back to it.
3. Give yourself regular, short breaks
Find your concentration starts to dwindle after 45 minutes of work? You're not alone! Give your brain a break at regular intervals for 5 or 10 minutes. Get up and make yourself a drink, read a magazine article, or do some breathing exercises - just make sure you're not staring at a screen. You'll find, when you return to your desk, that this short pause has rejuvenated your concentration levels.
4. Put your phone in another room
Unless you're expecting a colleague or client call, of course. If you have an important project or task to complete, and find that your hand keeps hovering over your phone for no reason, try placing it in another room entirely. Out of sight, out of mind! If you live with another person, try asking them to hide it from you for an hour or so. That way, you definitely won't be tempted to 'just quickly check Instagram'.
5. Communicate often
Whether or not you live alone, working from home can sometimes feel pretty lonely. If you have colleagues, make sure you're reaching out to them in some way at least once a day - even if it's not work-related. Sharing a problem which is making you stressed, or discussing an idea you've had, is a sure-fire way to motivate you throughout the rest of the day.
If you're a self-employed freelancer, make sure you're reaching out to at least one friend a day - whether that's through a Whatsapp message or on the phone. Check in on your friends and family; you never know how much they might need the company, too.
6. Get lots of light and fresh air
If your home office is bright and spacious, you're much more likely to work efficiently and energetically than if you base yourself in a dark, crowded corner. Make sure you're also trying to leave the house at least once day, even if it's for a short lunchtime walk. The fresh air will greatly help your concentration levels once you return to your desk.
Likewise, if you're starting to feel a little stale after sitting in the same position for so long, then open a window. The sounds of the outside world can also serve as a reminder that there is more to life than the four walls you've become so accustomed to!