When working from home, it can be hard to stay focused.
Procrastination temptation is everywhere, whether it’s that funny cat video your friend tagged you in on Facebook, the latst Netflix series calling your name, or that growing mountain of laundry you’ve been meaning to sort for days.
Thankfully, there are a few simple productivity hacks you can use to keep yourself on track.
Read on for 5 foolproof ways to stay productive while you work from home.
1. An app a day keeps the procrastination away
Time management is important when working from home, so try a timer app like Pomodone which is great for enforcing the Pomodoro method, where you work uninterrupted on one task for a set amount of time (usually around half an hour), as well as timed breaks.
You’d be amazed what a little delayed gratification can do to keep you productive!
2. Use a reward system
Speaking of delayed gratification, a great way to stay motivated when working from home is to implement a reward system. For every task you get done, you get a reward after each block of time.
It can be anything from a social media break to a snack, a chance to stretch, or patting your pet; whatever works!
Having a goal or reward to work towards helps the brain stay focused on the task at hand.
3. Implement a routine
Another trick to staying focused when working from home is to implement a routine.
Get up at a set time, shower, get dressed as if you are going to work, eat your breakfast, then sit at your desk to get working. This helps the brain say, ‘okay we are in work mode now’.
Whereas, although though it’s fun and comfy, working in our PJs feels too much like a lazy Sunday. Having a tidy, set workspace also helps — a space separate from the fun parts of our lives that is just work focused without any distractions.
4. Get out of the house
Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stay in the house.
When you eat lunch, make a point of taking it outside if the weather permits. Sit in your courtyard or on your balcony, or if you’re in an apartment with no outdoor access, use a communal outdoor space such as a rooftop. Failing that, head out for a walk or visit your local park.
A change of scenery can work wonders for your creativity and productivity.
5. Prioritise your to-do list
Whether it’s an app or just good ol’ pen and paper, never underestimate the importance of having a to-do list. However, even more important than having a to-do list is prioritising it.
By picking just three important priorities each day that you absolutely need to get done, you’ll end each day feeling like you’ve accomplished something.
This article was written by Rain Tiligadis and originally published on A Girl In Progress.