Monday, January 28, 2019

How To Be Productive While Working From Home

Working from home can be very challenging. You are obviously in your own home and there are so many other things that you can do such as laundry, playing with your pets, or eating non-stop (ha!). Ignoring all of these distractions can be very challenging, but it is possible - you just have to create a in-depth plan on how to be productive. If you are not sure where to start when it comes to this, I’ve got you! Keep reading to find out how to be productive while working from home - I promise that it is possible!  
Have a plan 
The first step is to have a plan and to take that plan to help you list out your priorities. Know what you need to get done that week (or month) and create a game plan. List out all due dates and shoot to have them completed a week before the due date. That way, you are not rushing around at the last minute to have everything wrapped up. Each week, I recommend down your must-do’s, your hope-to-do’s, and your appointments. Schedule in your must-do’s when you are the most productive and then your hope-to-do’s at your second most productive point in your day(s)/week. This way, each day you do not have to waste time figuring out what you need to do because it is all laid out for you. This allows you to jump into your work first thing in the morning, which will allow you to get more work done.  

Create your space 
Creating your work space at home is very important. You want to create a work space that allows you to be creative and productive while also keeping you stress-free. East Point Foundry says, environment shapes how we perceive ourselves and others.” To me, this means that if we create a proper work space, to make you feel like you are really at an office, you will feel more professional, you will feel like you are better at what you do, and this will turn into better and more work getting finished. 
One tip for making your work space feel “real” is to add a nameplate to your desk. This seems so simple, but it can really help you feel like you made it. According to East Point Foundry, “nameplates offer the unique opportunity to convey professionalism, class, and excellence.” East Point Foundry is an Atlanta-based company owned by Scott Livingston. Mr. Livingston acquired the foundry in 1997 and since then, it has seen tremendous growth. Now, “East Point Foundry is proud to have partnered with both private sector (civilian) and public sector (government) agencies, honoring achievements and accolades by institutions and individuals.”  
East Point Foundry has operated 100% in America since 1948 and has created thousands of masterpieces for local, national governments, Fortune 500 business, as well as small mom and pop stores.” Their pricing is affordable since they do everything in-house and do not rely on costly middle-men.  
So, if you are looking for a way to feel more professional and you want to renovate your space, I highly recommend checking out East Point Foundry and purchasing a custom-made nameplate from them.  
Fuel your body 
Each morning, wake up and have a big glass of water and/or a celery juice. Then, make sure you have a good breakfast before starting your work. Why? Because research shows that you are more productive when you are not thirsty or hungry. When you are properly fueled, you feel better and get more work done. Not only do you get more work done, but you are happier, produce better work, and work more efficiently, as well. 

Take breaks 
Breaks are essential when it comes to productivity. SBN Online says, “What impact can short breaks have on employees? 
  • It promotes creativity and passion. Even if you do not think of yourself as the meditating type, studies have proven that breaks during which meditation and mindfulness are applied lead to a boost in creativity, both in and out of the office. Mindfulness and meditation also increases your compassion and reduces your stress level, which could play a major factor in getting through your work day without flying off the handle at a co-worker, depending on your office environment. 
  • It re-focuses your attention and concentration. Did you know that the average attention span for adults ranges from 15 to 40 minutes? Everything that you do throughout the course of a day subtracts from your cognitive resources, which can leave you feeling like you are running on empty at times. Your attention span and concentration need to be rebooted at several points throughout a day. Simply stepping away from your desk to take a walk can actually help the brain regroup, get back on track and focus better. 
  • It trims the waistline. Who isn’t looking to trim a few inches from their waistline, right? Turns out a fancy gym membership isn’t the only solution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting up and moving around for five minutes every hour, which can lower your body mass index and help your waistline, too. Although it’s not rigorous exercise, getting up to stretch and get a glass of water for a few minutes is body movement and every little bit helps. 
  • It improves brain function with lunch. Remember mom preaching that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? A midday meal is equally as important. While taking time out for lunch increases productivity, it is important to remember to choose foods that don’t make you feel tired and sluggish. Recommended foods include fish, vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts and even dark chocolate. 
  • It protects against job-related accidents. Exhaustion and fatigue are the two main causes of on-the-job accidents. Keeping yourself mentally refreshed and alert with regular breaks can help prevent clouded judgement and keep on-the-job accidents to a minimum. 
  • It promotes healthy and happy eyes. Constantly staring at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time can lead to a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Symptoms of CVS include eye strain, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain. Taking your eyes away from your computer screen, phone or tablet every two hours for 15 minutes, and looking into the distance for 20 seconds will help keep your eyes, head, neck and shoulders feeling great.” 

Becoming Your Best Self in 2019

I know I have said this a few times now, but honestly - how is 2019 already here and how is January almost finished already? Time really is flying by in the blink of an eye, but I’m not complaining because that means I’m having fun with it. I will admit though - 2018 was not *the* best year that it could have been. A lot of the time, we set out intentions and goals and by March, we forget about them. This was a bit how my past years have been - I haven’t really stuck to any long-term resolutions because I have always shot way out of reach.  
What I mean by that is that in the past, I have not set the easiest goals. For example, if you set a goal to lose 30 pounds by February, you will most likely fail. If you set a goal to work out every single day in 2019, although you have good intentions, you will probably end up failing. The way to set goals that are achievable is to set attainable goals.  
That’s why this year, I want to create my best self. I’m not setting anything in stone, as long as everything I do helps me reach my goal of becoming my best self in 2019. Easy enough, don’t you think? Here are a few ways that I am becoming my best self this year: 
Like I mentioned, I am not setting any goals that are unreachable for me, so I do not really have a set number of times per week that I need to work out. All I know is that I want to start making exercise even more of a priority in my life. I want to not only start working out more, but I also want to find what I love the most. There are so many programs out there and I truly believe that there is something for everyone, no matter how much you love or dislike working out. From hot yoga to pilates, weight lifting, HIIT training, and cardio, there is so much to explore and I am in it for the long run this year!  

Healthy Eating 
Once again, I am not setting a set goal for this - I just know that I want to eat as healthy as I possibly can, in order to fuel my body. If I mess up, that’s okay - cheat days (or weeks) are not going to be a deal breaker for me. But, I want to try my best on this one because it is what will keep me healthy and thriving throughout the years to come. Another reason that I am not being so strict with myself is because of the fact that a healthy diet is not just about what you are eating. It’s also about how much you are eating. NHS says, “The key to a healthy diet is to: 
  • Eat the right amount of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you'll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you'll lose weight.  
  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you're getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs. 
It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories.” 

Doing What You Love 
I am a huge believer in the phrase, “Life is short.” I also believe that it’s too short to be in a job that you dislike, or in a relationship that is not healthy and beneficial for you (and your partner). This can honestly go for anything, no matter how big or small and I truly do think that we all need to prioritize happiness more each and every day. Life really is too short to be unhappy, so by focusing on the things that we love, we are not only staying happier, but we are working towards becoming our best selves.  
Regular Appointments 
I guess you can say that this is my only set goal - I want to make it to every necessary appointment this year. So, I need to go to the doctor for a physical at least once a year and I need to go to the dentist at least twice a year. Why? Because that is how I know that I am currently healthy and will stay healthy throughout the year. If put your health on the backburner, it could lead to poor health for the rest of your life and that’s not on your way to becoming your best self, by any means. 
According to Dr. Gary Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, “Medical studies have shown that good oral hygiene not only helps prevent tooth loss, but can prevent heart disease, dementia and issues of diabetes, as well. You may do a good job brushing and flossing but a dental cleaning goes below the gum line for a more thorough teeth cleaning. During a dental cleaning, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC will remove any tartar and plaque from your  teeth. This will help prevent gum disease. Gum disease can lead to serious problems with bone and tooth loss. Regular dental cleaning lets your dentist monitor your dental health because prevention is a lot easier than intervention when it comes to dental disease.”  

Metro Decatur Dental Group PC specializes in basic teeth whitening, cleanings, fillings, as well as more advanced dental issues and procedures such as dentures, root canals, bridges, crowns and veneers. Dr. Gary Simms obtained his bachelor’s degree in Science at the University of New York. He then went on to obtain his D.M.D degree at the University of New Jersey School of Dental Medicine. After getting his degrees, Dr. Gary Simms opened up a practice in Bronx and then in 2006, he moved to Georgia and opened up Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. His goal is to increase the longevity of his patients teeth while practicing in a very caring and gentle way. Dr. Gary Simms uses his extensive experience in the dental field, in order to provide the highest level of dental care to his patients, with the utmost respect. He is most known for his calm and caring demeanor, as well as his ability to help produce fantastic results from his clients. If you are looking for a new dental office in the Metro-Atlanta area, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC just might be the right place for you! Check them out at their website for more information. 

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