From baking banana bread to following the free workouts online, everyone is trying their best to stay productive these days. But of course, this is easier said than done when you're stuck at home.
If you need some help getting out of bed or even the motivation to get things done, we've rounded up our top three tips to boost your productivity at home.
Dress to Impress
Chances are, your sweatshirt and sweatpants have become your daily uniform. While they're undoubtedly the comfiest choice, it's best to switch up your style to help you feel great — and even empowered — about yourself. True enough, Entrepreneur notes that a repetitive style of clothing means you're closing the door to new experiences in life. On that note, when it's time to log on for work, make sure to ditch the sweats and opt for something more professional. As we've previously shared in our 'All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go' post, a good suggestion is pairing a nice button-up blouse and soft trousers for a polished work-from-home outfit. Alternatively, you can wear a cute yet chic midi dress if you prefer pieces that are more feminine. Whatever your style is, always remember to dress for the occasion.
Create a Structure That Works for You
Like we said, it's easy to laze around nowadays, which is why it's crucial to bring structure into your life to help you get things done. Digital nomad James Gonzales highlights the importance of structure when working from home, noting that establishing a routine is a surefire way to increase your productivity. From crafting a morning routine to setting definite work hours and scheduling breaks, some much-needed structure will not only motivate you to work, but also fully commit to your tasks. On top of this, it's important to be mindful of your productivity periods (essentially, the times you operate best) because this will help guide you to create a routine that works for you.
Manage Your Screen Time
It goes without saying that screen time is higher than ever before — whether it's connecting to your loved ones on social media or simply checking out the latest posts. But too much time online is an easy recipe to kill your productivity. In fact, digital marketing expert Alex Nick reports that the average user spends more than 2 hours and 22 minutes on social media every day. This time could be spent on achieving better results at work. Thankfully, all is not lost, as you can manage your screen time by making a few adjustments here and there. If putting your devices down is a struggle for you, here are some key ways to help stay focused:
• Keep your phone away while working; instead, rely on communication apps on your computer.
• Set a time limit on social media apps that take up most of your time.
• Enable grayscale on your phone, as Bustle reveals that a color screen makes using your phone more addictive.
Now that we have more time on our hands (and at home), take this opportunity to try and improve your habits and create a much more productive version of yourself.
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