This past year has left many of us feeling the effects of burnout, rundown from months of Zoom meetings and quarantine pods and working from home. If you’re feeling unmotivated lately, you can rest assured that you aren’t alone. Especially in the summer months when vacation mode is more tempting. As a project manager, I can’t let those feelings of exhaustion prevent me from success. Here are my top five tips for staying productive while working from home.
Gratitude & Meditation
Before checking text messages, emails, or social media, start the day with gratitude and meditation. The combination of both these actions allows you to set the standard of your day, being grateful and level-headed. As this practice becomes a habit, you will notice your productivity increase by being intentional and deliberate with your actions because you are mentally in a great space.
I’m a huge believer in incorporating your physical wellness into your productivity. If your mind and body aren’t right, you won’t be able to do your best work. Set a timer to get up and move around for a few minutes every hour. Walk around your room, or do push-ups, or dance it out, pop-lock-and drop, or stretch--whatever you want to do to get the blood flowing.
We have all been stuck in our homes for the last year, and having it also be your workspace is bound to push any of us over the edge. While some people are lucky enough to have an office space, many of us are living in apartments or other small spaces. Finding a way to create a workspace--even if it’s just setting up a few folders around your laptop to feel like a cubicle--can help you set up boundaries between home and work and be more productive. In addition, if you have a window that you can set up your space, do it!
I know that most adults have already come up with some sort of task-tracking option, but the best way to get your sh*t done is by making these to-do lists fun. If you like gummy bears, eat one every time you check something off. If you like artwork, take the time to color and decorate your list. Find a way to make it enjoyable. The process has to be fun or why do it.
If you struggle to focus and stay off social media throughout your workday (is anyone else nonstop scrolling through TikTok these days?), setting a timer can be a great way to work in spurts and make headway on your projects. Start with 30 minutes, and flip your phone over to prevent yourself from being tempted. After you complete your 30 minutes, check your phone, take a five-minute break, and then do 45 minutes. Maximize your time by being the best when you are working.
Do I even need to explain this one?
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