5 Tips to Stay Focused and Productive
Working from home is a blessing – but it can also be a curse to your productivity. How are you supposed to stay motivated to work when the entire new season of Longmire just was released on Netflix? Here are some routines that, when followed as part of your daily habits, will help you stay on track, motivated and productive so you can enjoy those Longmire episodes without straying off your path.
I know, the reason you work from home is to have more freedom. What, you ask, is
freedom but NOT following a routine? Countless studies have shown and I am here as a witness to tell you that having an established morning routine will not only make you more productive your entire day, but will increase your productivity, creativity and positive feelings for the entire day.
Some things I include in my morning ritual:
- 10 min yoga practice (not my heart busting workout, just a light, morning routine/100 crunches)
- Light, healthy, BREAKFAST (I sit down with my partner before he goes off to work)
- Review agenda for the day
For me, this routine that awakens my heart (yoga), body (breakfast), mind (meditation) and soul (sitting with my partner before he goes off) is just what I need before I start my entrepreneurial journey every day. Whether you are your own boss, or work remotely, getting all these aspects in line before you even fire up your computer in the morning – or tune into the world news – will set your day moving in the right direction.
Big, Hairy Task
After I say goodbye to my partner, it is time for me to get busy. I get right down to the task I am going to dread the most. My moniker for this is the Big, Hairy Audacious Task (BHAT) – it is a play on Darren Hardy’s Big, Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). For me, social media postings are my BHAT’s. I know that social media postings are important to my visibility as a solo-preneur. I know that social media is responsible for most visits to my webpage. I just haven’t learned to enjoy it yet.
So, I have created a 90 day calendar of when I post to what and follow it. I will soon switch over to a scheduler, but I am still learning what my followers like to read and will actually click on. Once that is established, the use of the auto postings will be much appreciated! But, until then, I do my postings manually, and I feel great when that is done! After that? I move onto more enjoyable things.
Making time in your day to get physical and work up a sweat IS an actual perk of working from home. I still enjoy working out in the morning, but some people find the afternoon is a great way to shake off those after-lunch blues. Working out helps your brain reset and process. It helps you make good food choices throughout the day. I’m sure by now everyone understands the benefit of focused, intentional physical activity.
There are so many options now on YouTube and home fitness routines that there is really no excuse – plus, there is always outside your front door. Yes, working in your garden and house cleaning burn calories and keep your joints lubricated and keeps you healthy. But, actually working out with mindful intention gets you fit. I’m a big fan of fit – are you?
Finally, I’m talking about work! Yes, working from home must include some work and not just provide you time to do your laundry during the week so your weekends are free. But, I’m here to tell you – you can do both AND have increased focus and creativity by using a timer and closing some windows on your screen, namely social media. Setting clear boundaries for yourself with social media and email will reduce your procrastination tendencies and increase your focused work time.