Set a designated space in your home
A clean space can ensure your mind is free of distractions. Carve out some time at the beginning of your workday to tidy up a bit! Remember: out of sight, out of mind! Some days I even have to put my phone in my desk drawer, depending on how distracted I am.
Diffuse peppermint by your work space for easy focus
I have a diffuser that sits right on my desk. Diffusing peppermint increases your energy levels and reduces fatigue, enhancing your focus, plus it smells delicious! If you don’t have a diffuser/peppermint oil, a nice candle also helps to improve the space!
Stay consistent with a routine
While working from home, you should create a routine for yourself! Do this routine before your workday and keep it consistent. Act as though you were actually heading out to work, do all of the things you would normally do before you leave! This will allow you to wake up before diving into the day ahead of you, and give you a little space before rolling out of bed and heading right to your desk.
Yes, you can have productive days in your pajamas, but more likely than not you’ll be tempted to jump back into bed before you know it. Even the smallest act like putting on a little makeup, doing your hair, or actually getting dressed, can help kickstart a productive day!
I also suggest making your bed! You’ll be less tempted to jump back in if it requires a little effort.
Stay motivated with a list
I start out my work-from-home days by writing out a master to-do list and then breaking down those tasks into their own to-do lists. It’s more satisfying to be able to cross a task off of a list, it helps you to see how much you’ve accomplished, even if you haven’t completed an entire project.
Schedule breaks and take them in their entirety
This is crucial. Set time blocks where you take breaks from what you’re working on, give your mind a break. I do suggest taking those breaks away from the desk. If you pick up your phone to scroll through social media at your desk, on your break, you’re more likely to be distracted and want to do it more often while you’re working. Your brain will associate the activity of being on your phone with the workspace you have set for yourself and it will become more of a distraction.
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