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How To Be Productive While Working From Home

Monday, January 28, 2019
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.” 
   

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