how to be productive working from home

how to be productive working from home
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How to be productive working from home

Have written before about morning rituals to having  a productive day. But with the current situation it’s important to look at some ideas on  how to be productive working from home. Working from home sounds convenient and easy. But for some people the abrupt break  in a normal working routine can reduce the level of productivity. So here are some of the ways I will be trying to cope with change.

Keep your usual routine 

Even though it is not possible to keep all your routines, such as commuting to work, it would be helpful to stick to the ones you can. For example wake the same time you would on a working day. Go to bed the same time you would on a working day. This way your sleep pattern is not interrupted. And you will be waking up in the morning with the same level of energy you usually have,  maybe even more.

how to be productive working from home
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Make new health habits

“Change is the only constant thing in life”. Have read this quote so many times. And it couldn’t feel more real right now.  The biggest challenge with change is how fast we can adapt to it and how we choose to perceive it. So use this chance to make some new health changes. For example try doing some cardio exercise from home.

There is so much material available on home workout that you can find online. My favorite source is  Self Youtube Channel. They have various workout routines that you can do from the comfort of your home. No equipment required. If you are new to workout start at 10 minutes a day and increase step by step from there.

Dress up

When I am my best self I am comfortable.  And I am more productive when I feel good, confident and comfortable, and clothing is a big part of that. A research study on Cognitive Consequences of Formal Clothing found that when you dress beautifully you are more likely to have an increased level of productivity.

Even though you have the option to be in your pyjamas all day long, give dressing up a try and see if you are more productive. This is another way to keep your normal routine.  But if you find out that you get more done in pyjamas then stick to that.

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Take regular breaks

Short mental breaks will help your brain to refresh and make it easy for you to stay focused on your task. Several studies ( e.g Fatigue decision) have been able to prove the benefits of taking regular breaks. Breaks will make you look at problems from a different perspective. It is essential for a high level of performance. So move away from your desk every now and then.

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Meditate

Meditation is good for your mental health. And being stuck at home all day without not knowing when it will end does require you to nurture your mental wellbeing. If this is something new to you read a little about it.

Mediation can take as little as 10 minutes. Controlled breathing is my favourite. I have to say it’s challenging at first but, as with everything, practice makes it better.  meditation each morning before work or after work. You will benefit abundantly from mediation. So give it a go.

13 Replies to “how to be productive working from home”

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    Stephanie Ferguson says: 23 March, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    This came right on time because I just started working from home last week. I have been doing these except meditate and dress up. I do get up and start my normal skincare routine, brush teeth, take vitamins, etc i just haven’t been dressing up. Thanks, a great read!

    1. Mercy
      Mercy says: 24 March, 2020 at 6:58 am

      Thank you Stephanie, you can try dressing up and share if it makes any difference. 🙂

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    Jennifer says: 23 March, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I am laughing because I literally just finished liking your picture on Instagram. Keeping your routine is super important you never want to break that because once you break it… It’s so hard to get back on track.

    1. Mercy
      Mercy says: 24 March, 2020 at 6:57 am

      Thanks Jennifer, yes it is important to keep some of our routines.

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    Luna says: 23 March, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    These are some good tips. This is my first time working from home outside of enduring a hurricane. I will admit, some of my habits have changed a little bit. My body is used to waking up at a certain time but, I try to wake up a little later because I no longer have an hour commute to and from work. I welcome the extra, needed sleep. I still take my breaks and go on the walks to clear my head. Meditation for me is a must. It reduces stress and tension. My day is better when I start off meditating.

    1. Mercy
      Mercy says: 24 March, 2020 at 6:59 am

      Thanks Luna,
      Yes whatever keeps us positive, extra hour of sleep is good too. 🙂

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    Cristina Petrini says: 24 March, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I have been working from home for almost 3 years now but it is never easy, however, going out before gave me a detachment and a way to regain concentration and attention, but now I cannot do it. Really useful advice.

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    Melissa Cushing says: 24 March, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and informative post. I have been finding it extremely difficult to stay on tase as I am distracted constantly this past week and a half. These tips will come in handy so thank you!

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    Marysa says: 24 March, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I have found it tough to be productive while trying to work at home, between my husband and kids. It is good if you can find a routine that works well. These are great tips!

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    Heather says: 24 March, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve been working from home for over 10 years now. It’s definitely not easy and something that you have to be disciplined for.

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    Kumamonjeng says: 24 March, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Great tips as this is the critical period and most people I knew are working from home. I think regular break is still crucial and it gets more efficient.

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    Candace Moczarski says: 25 March, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Thank you so much for sharing I have started to work from home this past week and it’s been really challenging I honestly want to eat my whole kitchen however I try to wake up and get dressed just like a normal day as I usually would do and that has been seeming to help I will use some of your awesome tips

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    Yaya says: 25 March, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    The timing of this post is great! I am struggling with my work from home routine at the moment, but I will definitely heed your advice.

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