How to Boost Productivity at Home
Whether you’re working from home or have a to-do list as long as your arm, it can be helpful to implement techniques that allow you to focus and complete tasks in a productive way. Distractions are the root of many time management issues, and in this blog we will explore how to deal with these, and how to work smarter, not harder.
Timers and Focus Tools
We all work in different ways: for some, blocking out periods of time can help with time management; for others, a Pomodoro approach of short bursts of work helps them remain on track. Whichever you find the most suitable, make sure you set timers and alarms to keep you aware of the time passing by. Simple alarm apps can help you with this, or there are more sophisticated apps available specifically for your chosen technique.
Do the tricky stuff first
It can be tempting to float gently into your work day, doing the easy tasks first, saving the harder ones for when you’re warmed up. However, the reverse approach can also work and is worth trying to see which suits your style the best. Getting tricky tasks out of the way first thing can free your mind (and your time) for the more fun projects (or an extra tea-break).
The internet is the number one killer of productivity! Although you may be working on your computer, this doesn’t mean you have to check in with your social media accounts every half an hour. Set your device to silent (some devices even have a built-in ‘focus’ mode), and work freely with no texts and emails to distract you.
Ask yourself questions
When are you most productive? Which working style helps you feel the most motivated? By pinpointing your most productive way of working and implementing it on a daily basis, you will soon be working smarter.
Taking time out may feel counter-productive, but if you have no time for yourself, your stress levels will increase, leaving you with no motivation and less able to complete the tasks on your list.
Figuring out and recording your goals can help focus. Without a to-do list and a firm idea of what you want to achieve, those distractions may just win!