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WORKING FROM HOME

PRODUCTIVITY TIPS


With so many people working from home these days, there’s a whole set of new challenges to deal with. One of the hardest challenges is productivity.


Working from the confines of home with kids, chores and other matters interrupting your space, it's often hard to stay focused!


So here are some tips to help you get more out of your day:


1. DON’T WORK IN YOUR PJ’S As nice as it sounds, if you’re too comfy, you get too relaxed and your focus begins to dwindle. Personally, I like to get up early, enjoy a nice coffee outside and take my time to relax into the day and think about what needs to be done. Then I get my ass into gear, get ready and start cracking! I find my mind is most productive during the morning so I tend to get as much done as I can during this time.


2. CREATE A SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND STICK TO IT Creating a schedule helps to keep you in that work mind-set. When you’re in an office, you have your day set out and you stick to it because after all, you are there to work. When you’re at home your daily structure is a lot more flexible and fluid and it’s easy to lose track. So set out time frames, time limits and use the most productive time of day to get your work done. Some people are morning people, some work better in the afternoon. What’s your productive time of day?


3. CREATE A WORK-SPACE THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU A work-space should always have lots of natural light, lots of fresh air and be as organised as possible. If you haven’t worked from home before and don’t have an actual office, just make the most of whatever space is most appropriate. And if you need an area away from the kids, that space might just be outside in the garden with your laptop. Not every day, but each day is different so be flexible with your environment.


4. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS It’s been proven that taking regular breaks keeps your mind focused and working at its peak level. It’s recommended you take a 15 minute break every 2 hours or at least every 3 hours. A quick stretch, coffee break or walk around the block will keep you active, motivated and focused.


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