1. Create a Dedicated Work Space
Believe it or not, having a dedicated workspace can really ramp up your productivity. The main reason for this is that your brain is conditioned to focus when you are “at work”. By having a dedicated workspace, your brain knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time for play.
Your dedicated workspace doesn’t have to be an entire room, it can be a desk or a specific table you work from every time. Having a dedicated workspace also tells family members that you’re working and helps prevent distractions.
2. Ditch the Pajamas
One of the most talked about bonuses to working from a home office is the ability to forgo the work wardrobe and work in your pajamas. But one of the biggest drags on your productivity can be not getting dressed for work daily. Again, it has to do with fooling your brain into focusing on work.
Wearing pajamas or clothing that is too “comfy” signals your brain that you’re in the mood for sleeping not working. So, another big tactic to help increase home office productivity is to dress for success. Get up each morning, shower, and get dressed. You don’t have to wear a suit, but you should at least change out of your pajamas.
3. Eliminate Distractions
One downside to working from home is that there is no one but yourself to hold you accountable for getting things done. It’s pretty easy to get lost in distractions including email, phone calls, and drop by visitors, your favorite television show, or social media. The best way to boost home office productivity is to eliminate these distractions so the temptation is gone.
- Get an app that prevents you from visiting social media during specific times of the day.
- Check email at lunch and end of the day instead of first thing in the morning.
- Set boundaries with family and friends that discourage drop by visits during work hours.
- Let the phone go to voicemail and pick up messages periodically.
- Use your favourite TV show as a reward for getting your to-do list done.
- Stop multitasking. Studies have proven that this isn’t as productive as it feels and that most people just aren’t that good at it.
4. Water and snacks
Do you drink that classic order of 6-8 cups of water a day?
Drinking 6-8 cups a water a day can be hard to keep track of, and for some people, water is a pain to drink. Try to simply keep a water bottle with you at your desk or in your to-go bag.
It can be painful to swap a cup of joe with water, but keep a long-term plan in mind: start off your day with your coffee or tea but throughout the day drink water regularly.
Staying hydrated is not only important for you overall health, productivity, and increases your memory, it also keeps you refreshed.
It can be easy to forget to eat or drink anything if you become engrossed in your work. Schedule yourself water and snack breaks or simply keep a water bottle in sight so that you keep hydrated throughout the day.
Keep snacks (both healthy one and guilty pleasures) within reach.
A hungry mind is not a focused mind. Pack a few of your favourite snacks to keep you satisfied and working as you eat.
Snacks can be a great reward, so keep a few with you in you “go-bag” or at your desk to reward yourself for small victories.
5. Set a schedule and stick to it
People who go to bed and get up at roughly the same time every day rarely need to use an alarm clock and even experience better sleep.
When you stick to a regular sleep schedule, it allows your body to help you out by releasing hormones in the evening that help prepare you for sleep and then other hormones in the morning to help you wake up.
They can also help you be more productive throughout the day. There is a reason we call them hormonal cycles, however. Hormones love routine. They love schedules, they love knowing exactly when to show up and when to make way for another.
The better you are at setting a work routine and sticking with it, the more your body can help you be productive.