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Working from home is both convenient and mentally beneficial (helloooo no commute!), but it can also jackhammer your productivity.
Up until now, you’ve associated your home as a space for getting away from it all and relaxing. <- there’s the rub
When you’re used to relaxing in a space, it’s a whole new ball game to try and be productive in that space. Being work-productive is a bit different from being clean-productive.
It’s totally possible to boost productivity while working remotely.
Let’s discuss best home work-productivity practices.
Keep Your Junk Organized
Getting into a workflow will be impossible if you’re constantly pushing junk out of the way. Junk is anything you don’t need to work. Examples: books, boxes of papers, etc.
Take the time to clean up your workspace area by getting rid of clutter and organizing the space. I recommend the storage totes on the Thirty-One website. I have them in all different sizes and love them for keeping my office clear.
When your workspace is clean and tidy, you’ll be able to focus on your work and not the clutter.
Get up and get out
Even if you’re a homebody, being cooped up in the house all day can wreak havoc on your productivity. It zaps your motivation and can put you in a bad mood.
In THIS POST, I detail an article about the effects of lack of sunlight (hint: look under the heading “Aim For Max Natural Light”).
Take breaks and make some time to get out into your yard or at least open a window and take a few deep breaths. Spend just 10-15 minutes outdoors doing a light activity to help elevate your productivity levels.
Don't just meal-prep.. day-prep too
When you went to work, you had a routine which prepped you for your workday, right? Working from home is a bit more flexible, so it’s easy to scrap routines for being lazy in the morning.
While you have the option of working in your pajamas all day, you might want to try and make an effort to get dressed.
Create a morning routine which sets you up for work, physically and mentally. It’s easier to stay productive if your mindset is geared towards work.
nature is your (Powerful) friend
Having houseplants and flowers around have many benefits. According to an article on WeWork, plants can help you to feel both happy and motivated.
Adding them into your workspace brightens up your workspace and can even improve air quality.
According to THIS post on WeWork, studies have shown how effective greenery can be within an office environment.
-> Note: I recommend utilizing the power of scent too. Lemon, lavender, cinnamon, or peppermint are a few suggestions on THIS article on Enterpreneur’s site.
Try experimenting with different scents to see which ones make you work more efficiently. I recommend the essential oils at Davina Wellness, not just because it’s Mini’s first name and I earn rewards from your purchase (plus you get $15 off a $25 purchase with my link), but because we love them and use them daily.