8 Work From Home Productivity Tips
Updated: Apr 7
Adapted from original post "7 Tips for Better Productivity at Home" posted Nov 2018
If you've never WFH (Worked From Home) before and suddenly it's your new normal, chances are you're facing struggles with productivity. Here are 8 tips that will help you blossom in your home space...you may never want to drive to work again! 1. DECLUTTER
Before you start, it's a good idea to tidy up your work space. You need a space that’s free so creativity and thoughts can flow. Having a messy table or kitchen can slow you down because you may be subconsciously thinking about it, which can distract you.
2. LET NATURE IN
Let natural light brighten your space. Even if you need another source of light to supplement a dim space, still allow whatever sunlight you can to stream in. There's a reason why light therapy is used in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Researchers believe sunlight naturally increases serotonin levels, which is involved in the regulation of mood and cognition
Along similar lines, let fresh air in - oxygenate your brain. Stuffy air can make one feel sleepy and slow.
3. ADD A PRODUCTIVE SCENT
Aromatherapy is an age-old technique that has found a solid place in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Aromatherapy uses natural plant extracts (essential oils) to promote healing and balance the mind, body, and spirit.
An aromatherapy candle or diffuser may provide holistic support for your productivity. For example, basil helps with alertness, focus, and concentration. You often find it in combination with citrus-fragrances, like lime, which promote a happy and assertive mood.
4. MAKE A LIST
One of the biggest disadvantages working from home is the many distractions. Juggling work, kids, pets, house chores can feel impossible. Try making a master list. Throw everything that needs to get done that day onto the initial list, right down to calling the plumber. Then, break the master list into sections, zoning in on high priority tasks first. Don't forget to cross off items as they are completed. This will leave you feeling accomplished and motivated.
5. STAY HYDRATED
Nothing clouds up the mind and gives you a sluggish feeling like dehydration. Keep a glass of H2O handy and feel refreshed throughout the day.
Research shows that studying in chunks leads to better retention. So it makes sense that giving your mind a chance to process and regroup will lead to better productivity. Take breaks when you need it and get enough sleep at night.
7. CHANGE POSITIONS
When people work in an office, they likely have a designated desk and chair. Yet they’re not confined in that space the whole day long. By finding 2 spots to work in and alternating them ever so often, you simulate movement.
A study by Stamatakis et. al in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that sitting was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular deaths, especially in those with decreased physical activity.
Another great option is an adjustable desk. If moving your items to another spot is not feasible, think about investing in an adjustable desk or desktop riser. Standing periodically while working can help increase your focus and also burn extra calories! Check out desks here.
8. ADJUST YOUR TEMPERATURE
Everyone’s internal thermostat is different. I know when I’m chilly, I just don’t function as well. Know your limit and stick within it!
Do you have any particular tip that helps you? Share it — I’m always looking to incorporate new ideas!