10 tips for staying productive
Now that so many of us are working from home, we have to find ways to stay busy and focused. Here are a few tips that have worked for me:
Make a list of things you’d like to accomplish. If your list has several time-consuming tasks, include a few small things like vacuuming a room or sending an email to get you started. Sometimes you just needs to get the ball rolling.
When you make this list, make sure you write it the night before that way you way up with a plan of action.
If whatever it is you’re trying to get done involves a lot of sitting, take a few breaks to walk around. Movement will help get you refocused.
Turn off your notifications. Nothing’s more distracting than these interruptions.
Set a time limit on your social media use — and stick to it! Don’t “ask for more time.”
Do your most challenging things (or the thing you're the least motivated to do) during your peak productivity time. If you’re a morning person, do that first. If takes you a while to wake up, do some of your easier tasks first.
Keep your work space clean. This will help create a more positive work environment, and, if you’re not organized, you’ll spend more time looking for things than accomplishing them.
A little caffeine doesn’t hurt.
If there’s a big project you’re trying to do, break the big task up into little tasks. It’ll prevent you from getting overwhelmed and each little task you finish will motivate you to keep going.
Give yourself an incentive. Maybe you get a bowl of ice cream if you get everything done on that list. Or maybe you put your social time on hold until you finish your project. Whatever motivates you, do that.