How to be more productive while working from home
Working from home is a blessing and a curse. But one thing it has taught me is how to be more productive. Productivity is especially key when you work for yourself but these practices are useful no matter if you are an entrepreneur, a stay at home mom or work outside the home.
1. Make a to do list with ONLY things that you MUST get done that day.
If it can wait until tomorrow or next week, don’t add it to your list. This is something I’ve learned from Charlene Johnson’s 30 Day Push challenge. I make my to do list every morning when I am drinking my first cup of coffee and I keep it on my phone so I have it with me whether I’m running errands, working at Starbucks or in my office. Mine always has 2 things related to my long term business goal and anything personal that needed to get done (make a dr appointment, mow the lawn, etc). But the only things on my list are things that MUST get done today.
2. Keep your phone in another room (or in a desk drawer/purse/etc).
I turn my ringer up and put it in the kitchen while I’m working to keep me from checking Instagram/Periscope/etc. If something is out of sight, it’s out of mind. I’ll check my phone when I get more water (which helps me stay extra hydrated!) or when I finish something on my to do list and I need to check it off my list.
3. Meal plan at least 3 meals a week.
This one I need to work on!! My sister keeps a google calendar strictly for meal planning all of her dinners that includes a link to the recipe (if it’s online and/or she needs a recipe for it). I’m lucky if I plan out what we’re eating the next day and tend to scramble at the last second trying to figure out what to make for dinner that day.
So there we have it! Three simple ways to be more productive each and every day. Pick one to work on this week and add one the next week until you’re doing all three!
What’s something I missed that you find to be super helpful in being productive? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below.