10 Tips to Increase Productivity at Home

With much of the world in lockdown, many are sceptical about how to blend their work and home life. To remedy this situation, here are 10 tips on how to create a more effective work environment, and boost your productivity at home.

Plan Out Your Day

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Make sure to take the time in the morning or the night before to plan out your day. Here’s a basic format of how to do it:

  1. First, set a daily highlight (something you absolutely must get done during the day). 
  2. List all the other tasks that may not be as important as your daily highlight but that you’d like to get done anyway.
  3. Create a “visually engaging schedule.” Draw a box to represent each task and how much you would like to spend working on it. This way, you can visualise how much work you have to do.
  4. Get started! After you’ve created the basic plan of your day it’s time to get started.

Consider A Workout Routine

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Creating a morning workout routine is essential to increasing your home productivity. Regular morning activity is proven to relax the brain and release endorphins (the “feel-good” chemical) which will undoubtedly put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Working out in the morning can also encourage you to make healthier decisions when it comes to eating. According to a 2018 study conducted by the International Journal Of Obesity, 2,680 college students took part in a 15-week exercise program. They weren’t advised to change their food choices but the students who stuck to the program ended up doing so regardless. Developing a morning workout routine is a great way to boost energy and start out the day in a good mood.

Take Regular Breaks

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Working for hours on end is unhealthy for your mind and will dramatically hinder your productivity. Taking breaks after each 90 minute work period will keep your brain sharp and focused.

Eat The Right Foods

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Eating good wholesome foods during work hours keeps your brain alert and focused. Refrain from eating too much junk foods as these most often don’t have the necessary nutritional values needed for a healthy mind.

Don’t go overboard with the caffeine either, it’s all too easy to grab a quick coffee for a boost in energy. However, putting too much caffeine into your body will result in a quick high followed by an unavoidable crash.

Water is also just as important as food. Keeping your body hydrated will increase blood flow to the brain which as a result improves concentration, memory, and mood.

Remember The Four Hour Rule

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According to the book “Deep Work” by Cal Newport, each of us has roughly four hours of “deep work” in us each day. He defines “deep work” as “focused, uninterrupted, undistracted work on a task that pushes your cognitive abilities to the limit.” Evenly spreading out your four hours of “deep work” throughout the day will dramatically boost your productivity.

Cut Out Distractions

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When working from home you may notice that there are significantly more distractions. Whether it’s a barking dog or your kids running around the house like a couple of maniacs, it is important to recognise what distracts you and find ways to avoid having these things influence your productivity.

Granted, it can be hard to cut out some distractions especially in your own home, but simply moving to a quieter area can notably increase your productivity.

Use Parkinson’s Law To Your Advantage

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Parkinson’s Law is essentially the concept that work spreads itself out to fill the time allocated to it. Read my article on Parkinson’s Law here. For example: if you give yourself a whole day to completing a task you will undoubtedly take the entire day to complete it. However, if you only give yourself an hour to complete that task, chances are you’ll get it done within the hour.

A lot of people give themselves far too much time per task, this causes them to procrastinate and take far longer than necessary. To avoid this, give yourself a very reasonable amount of time to complete a task. Once you’ve done that, half it! Yes, I know it’s a bit dramatic but trust me your productivity will definitely go up.

Be Aware Of Social Media

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I think we can all agree, the amount of time we spend on social media is ridiculous! One minute you’re checking a notification and the next you find out you’ve spent half an hour scrolling through your home feed. Just putting your phone face down on your desk isn’t quite enough, unfortunately. Instead, try putting it on silent and placing it on the other side of the room. This way you won’t be tempted to check your screen until you’ve finished working.

Internet Speed Is Everything

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These days if your internet speed isn’t fast enough, you’ll never be able to get anything done. If you have kids you may find that their YouTube and Xbox habits are slowing down your internet connection. To combat this move as close as possible to your router, or simply set it up in your office/room.

Get A Good Nights Sleep

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When we sleep our brain reorganizes our neurons. When we are asleep the brain’s glymphatic (waste clearance) system clears out waste from our central nervous system. This removes toxic by-products from the brain resulting in improved brain function for the following day. Most people are recommended to need 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night. This way our mind and body are fully rested when we wake up.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, 10 ways to increase productivity at home. I hope you were able to take something away from this article that you can use in your daily life.

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4 thoughts on “10 Tips to Increase Productivity at Home

  1. Fab tips! I really need to get into the habit of planning out my days and breaks more, as well as working in a workout routine, haha. Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be taking all these tips on board going forward!

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    1. Awesome to hear! Glad you enjoyed it.

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