“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.”Michael Jordan
Is anyone else struggling to be productive while working from home? Recently, I have had lots of conversations with friends of mine who are all struggling with this same thing. It could be the fact that lockdown restrictions are gradually being lifted so there is more to distract us outside our homes again, or perhaps it is the Euros 2020/2021 creating some excitement and atmosphere, both on screen and on the streets of London.
Whatever the reason, I have gathered a couple of my top tips for increasing my productivity during times where I feel as though I simply cannot concentrate.
- Focus Hour – Setting aside an hour to focus solely on one task is a great way to get a lot done in a short space of time. Use a timer on your phone to track yourself and take a short break after the hour has passed. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
- Airplane Mode – Using Airplane Mode or the ‘do not disturb’ setting on your phone is an excellent way to avoid distractions from social media and senseless scrolling while you work. Give yourself specific times to check in; for example, at lunchtime and when you log out for the day.
- Use a diary – Whether it is the digital calendar in your phone or a physical diary, use it to plan your time and keep track of deadlines. You can also use calendar ‘Alerts’ to set reminders for weeks, days or hours before each deadline. This really helps avoid that feeling when you know you have something coming up, but you can’t quite remember what it is.
- Create Habits – If you know you have a recurring weekly deadline, set aside a specific time each week to work on the task. Then, set a recurring ‘Alert’ on your phone to remind you to keep the promise to yourself. Once you get into the swing of it, it will become an ingrained part of your week. After all, we are creatures of habit.
- Reward Yourself – Rewarding yourself is probably the most meaningful way you can increase your productivity as you will be more likely to stick to the focus hours, phone detoxes, diary planning and habits. Think of creative ways you can reward yourself after ticking off each item on your to-do list. Anything from a quick walk outside to buying a coffee out or reading a few pages of your book will make you feel better.
I hope these tips can help you to increase your productivity and feel a little more in control of your to-do list this week. What are some of your tips for working from home and improving your productivity?