Hey! How have you been? Have you been taking care of yourself? What’s new? For me, I’ve finally finished working! I also got a hair cut and I like it quite a lot. I’m starting my senior year of high school next week, which is why I decided to write this blog- I wanted to go over my top 10 tips for staying productive while working and studying from home! These are tips that definitely work for me, and I hope that you’d find them helpful as well. Feel free to share your favorite tips in the comments! SO, let’s get into it-
#1 Adjest A Daily Routine!
This one might be kind of obvious to some of you, but it reallly is important! By having a routine, you’re accustoming yourself to do things in the right time. This is something that really helped me during online school- I would wake up every morning at the same time, eat breakfast then join class… I would have a specific time for everything, which helped me get things done- I knew that I needed to get up by 8:00, so I would do so instead of staying in bed with my phone. If I knew that by 16:00 I needed to finish my homework, then I’d do so instead of procrastinating. By having a routine you’re getting used to living a certain life style, so make it a productive one!
#2 Workout Before Starting Your Day!
So I know that a lot of people might not like this one, but holy frick… trust me. If you’re normally working outside of your house, you’re probably used to walking a lot and doing activities without even thinking about it. But now, in quarantine, we’re all stuck at home so we don’t really do any fitness activities without thinking about it anymore. Doing exercises is really important for your body and health, and even mental health (again, especially during quarantine). Plus, if you’ve ever worked out you know that amazing feeling you get once you’re done. So working out in the morning will actually give you energy and motivation to start your day, AND it would be very good for your health.
#3 Get Ready In The Morning
Usually, before going to work or to school, you’d change out of you PJs into your everyday clothes, you’d put on your make up, brush your hair… Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you should stop doing that! Getting ready, even if it just means putting on a new t- shirt and sweatpants will totally put you into a work mode! And if not, it would at the very least change the lazy vibe that usually comes with wearing a PJs.
#4 Have A Permanent Workplace
Whether it’s a desk, a specific chair or a place on the sofa, having a permanent workplace is important for getting into work mode. By having a specific desk where you sit and only do your job by, you’re regulating yourself that whenever you’re sitting by that desk, you should be doing your job. Otherwise, if you’re sleeping, watching TV and working in the same place, these things will get mixed together, and it would be easier to distract you.
#5 Making A “To Do” List
A bit well- known one, but again, really helpful. By sitting every morning and writing down everything that you need to get done today, it’ll be actually easier to get stuff done. You wouldn’t forget anything, and everything will be laid out in a very easy and organized way. Plus, once you’ve finished one of the tasks that are on the list, crossing it out will give you the motivation to do more and to cross more things off the list (or at least, that’s how it works for me :)).
#6 Only Work During Work Hours!
While you’re at work or school, you’re only working during very specific hours, and once you’re done- you’re done. When you arrive at home after a long day of working, you probably will NOT be working again. So try to do just that, WHILE you’re at home! Kinda like having a routine- decide on specific hours, in which you will be working. But once the time is up, don’t work anymore. It is easier to have your day all mixed up while you’re at home, because no one is telling you when you should work and when you shouldn’t, but try to be your own boss. Tell yourself when to start, and when to finish. It’ll make getting tasks done easier, and it will give you time for yourself, which is just as important.
#7 Take Breaks!
No one is expecting you to be superman! It’s important to take breaks, for you mental and physical health! Go for a run, eat a snack, watch that one episode of “friends”. It’s okay to take breaks when you feel like you’ve been working for long enough. Otherwise, you’d burn out! Be careful with that though, make sure that you’re not taking too long of a break. Know when your break starts, and when you should be getting back to work. Set a timer if needed 🙂
#8 Just Do It!
As a perfectionist and a procrastinator, I know how hard starting a project and getting things done can be sometimes. But something that I have to remind myself everyday is- the only way to get something done, is to actually do it. Unless you get up and write, your essay will not be ready for submition. Unless you get up and do your dishes, they will not be clean. Understanding that in order to get things done you actually have to do is quite important if you want to be able to work effectively from home. Another helpful tip if you’re really struggling with that is simply to count to five. Tell yourself “Once I finish counting to five, I will get out of bed”, and then really do so!
#9 Don’t Do Things That You Wouldn’t Be Doing At Work
If you wouldn’t go to sleep at 3 am during a school’s night, don’t do it. If you wouldn’t be getting up in the middle of work in order to fold your laundry, don’t do it. If you wouldn’t be watching Netflix in the middle of class, don’t do it. It’s that simple- just like setting time for work and time for yourself, seperate your home life from work and/or school. Don’t be doing things that you wouldn’t normally be doing during the week- even though you’re working from home, you’re still working. So treat it like a real job.
#10 Have A Weekly Schedule
Make yourself a weekly schedule! This tip is a mix of tip #1 and tip #5- at the begining of each week, set yourself a schedule- when’s your day off? what are you doing this Saturday? when are you going to study for that test? But also try to set a routine- for example, decide on one day off a week, which will always be your day off (if that’s possible).
ANDD WE’RE DONE!
This is all I’ve got for you today. I hope that you will find these tips helpful! Good luck for you if you’re starting a new school year- tell me what are your tips to be more motivated and productive at home. Also, feel free to follow my blog if you’d like to see more posts from me 🙂
Thank you for choosing to spend your time on my post. It means a lot, and I really hope that you enjoyed it. As always, take care. I will see you next Sunday 🙂