Some people have more difficulty transitioning to a work-from-home office than others. Now that most companies around the country have sent their employees home, it’s up to everyone to figure out how they can do their best work out of the office environment.
The way you start your morning can influence the rest of your day. If you struggle with productivity, learn how to enhance your daily routine to boost your productivity.
- Get at Least 7 Hours of Sleep
Go to sleep by 11:00 pm. Try to be in bed by 10.30.
- Exercise Daily
Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Exercising first thing in the morning improves your energy levels.
- Take Breaks
Work, take a break, repeat. Our focus wears off after about 90 minutes. When this happens, get up, walk around, and stretch for 15 minutes.
- Eat Breakfast
A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.
- Make Sure You Have Good lighting
This is important for any in-home office. Good lighting is good for your eyes and keeps you alert.
- Get a Dual Monitor Setup
Working on two screens helps increase effective multitasking and organization.
- Keep Your Workspace Clean
A Princeton University study found that people who worked in a clean workspace out-performed those who worked in a cluttered one. They found that clutter in any form keeps the brain from being as productive as it could be.
- There’s an App For That
An app like Goals can be a game changer during this time. Goals is a habit and goal tracking app designed to help maintain productivity.
It measures progress, tracks deadlines, sends reminders, and provides positive reinforcement so you stay on task. You can get an instant overview of all of your goals and habits and break them down into actionable steps.
The app has 4.8 stars on the App Store and 4.0 stars on Google Play.
Working from home can be challenging, but it can also be productive and rewarding. Create a to-do list at the end of every day so you know what to focus on the next day. Eat well, get plenty of sleep and take it one day at a time.