Whether you are an online entrepreneur, digital creative, or a freelancer that’s working from home,(we must learn how to master the art of being productive on our working days. May it be work or business, it’s vital that we learn to focus. Doing so will help us get things done, move us closer to our goals, and give us more time for ourselves.
What’s the secret? It’s planning. Planning will make your life so much easier, my friend. I started doing this, and I never looked back!
Scroll down to see 8 productivity tips for those who work from home:
Disclaimer: Now, I get that not everything will work for everyone. I hope by reading this, you will come up with your own, make some tweaks, or try this. It won’t hurt to at least do that, right?
1. Write down goals and to-do’s/deadlines every Sunday night
I still love writing on a good old planner. I am currently using the Everyday Planner. (insert link here). Writing my weekly goals helps me avoid feeling overwhelmed with what I should do every Monday.
2. Plan for tomorrow today
Every night before going to sleep, I tick the items that I have finished for the day and start writing the to-dos for the next day.
3. Keep to-do list minimal
Is this true for you too? We like to list so many to-do items for the day that we end up not finishing anything. Yup, we’re all guilty of that. I categorize the tasks from urgent to least urgent and try to list down my top 3 for the day.
4. Set a schedule to calendar and time blocking
After I am done listing everything, I set a schedule for each task. You can adjust this schedule as necessary.
5. Do daily morning routine
A daily morning routine keeps me sane and prepares my mind and body for what’s about to happen for the day. Things like morning skin care, taking a bath, eating an energy-boosting breakfast, or working out can help me get pumped up for the day.
6. Apply the Pomodoro technique
I recently had just tried this and it’s one of the best techniques I’ve learned. Pomodoro technique works like this: you focus on a particular task at a given time, then you take a break, then you do the task again until you complete it.
I use an app called Flow Timer and Flat tomato for this one.
7. Do Batching
I also like to schedule certain days for specific tasks. Mondays and Tuesdays are allocated for Content Creation, editing, and proofreading. Wednesdays for Editing Photos, Thursday is for shooting photos for content and so on.
8. Include self-care time/white space time/break
It’s essential to allow white space or break during your work hours. I assign some time within the day for some self-care session. It can either be for sleep, workout, listen to podcasts, or read a book.
Having a break helps me release stress and recharge for the next tasks I am about to do.
I hope you learned something from this post! Do you have your own set of productivity tips for those who work from home? Leave a comment below!