I feel like I am literally stuck in time! If you haven’t already been working from home, you’re probably feeling the same way. I have wasted so much time being at home. I have finally put it in my mind to actually be really productive everyday. Here are some tips to be productive whether you’re woking from home, or just at home during quarantine. These tips also help when I’m actually at work trying to be productive.
- Set Goals – This is the most important step because you have to know what you’re doing and why. If not, you’ll continue to procrastinate and continue to get stuck in minimal-IZING your time and ultimately wondering what happened to your day (this was me for about 3 weeks straight). Decide what you want to do with your time whether it is to put in some extra hours at work, work on/start a side hustle, began a new hobby, or even read a new book. Whatever it is, write it all down and prioritize it.
2. Set boundaries – This was probably the HARDEST thing for me to grasp. Deciding how much time and energy to put into which aspects of my life was overwhelming and it literally made me sit on the couch for two days staring at the wall. Between kids, relationships, and checking on friends and co-workings, finding time for my actual job, my side hustle, and my blog was just too much. Or so I thought. I pulled out my handy dandy planner and got to work. I decided what times of day I needed to devote to my job and what days/times to do everything else. I had to decide what to work on every single day and the things I could work on 2-3 times a week. I also had to plan a time to rest. For me, I don’t do any work of any kind on Sundays. Most Sundays, I lay on the couch and relax.
3. Make Lists – This has been the most rewarding for me and I saw instant results of this. Now I make lists for EVERYTHING! I make a brain-dump list to brainstorm all the things that I need to get done them categorize it. From there I create a daily to do list and try to keep it at 3-4 tasks to help me stay productive throughout the day and track my productivity. I feel so satisfied when I’ve checked all my tasks off for the day and it motivates me to keep it up. I also make grocery lists when I go shopping and it forces me to look in the fridge and pantry to see what meals I can create with what I already have and what I absolutely need. This helps me to not forget anything and stay on budget. I create my lists using the Notes App on my phone or sticky notes.
4. Make Time for yourself – So now we’ve written our goals and set our boundaries and made our lists. We’re being super productive now we just feel drained. We have to remember to be kind to ourselves and spend time with ourselves. Some of us like to pray or meditate or take long baths or binge watch Netflix shows. I like to light candles and a take a long, hot bath or shower. Whatever you do, please take some time to do it every day.
5. Get out of your head – If you know me, then you know I haven’t posted on my blog in a very long time. I really had to convince myself that I was a good enough writer and that people really cared about what I had to say. Even though I had a pretty good start to my blog initially, one day I just started doubting myself. This was very random and it make me feel defeated at time. If you feel unmotivated to do what you love, please talk to people, someone cares. Something has recently been sparked in me and now I’m ready to take control.
None of these things are foul-proof or end-all-be-all for productivity. They are just my suggestions and tips that have helped me get it together, especially with working from home. Please let me know in the comments what you do at home to stay productive or if you think any of these tips will help you
Until next time…