When you work from home it can really tough to find the motivation to keep on working. With endless distractions it can seem impossible to stay on track. Here are five simple tools to keep in your arsenal for those days when you feel like you can get nothing right.
Make A List
The first thing you should do when you do not know where to begin is to write down all of the things you need to accomplish that day. Once you get it all down on paper you get a clear view of everything. You will be able to rank it according to how difficult it is to complete. Find the easiest thing on your list and do that first. Many times, when I feel overwhelmed being able to cross something off of my list helps to put me on a roll.
Use A Pomodoro Timer
Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro technique? It is the process of breaking your day up into 25-minute segments. For the first 25-minutes, you try to get as much done as possible. When the timer rings, you get a short one-minute and repeat the process another 4 times. After the fifth Pomodoro you get a longer 5-minute break. Use this to frame your work day and you will be amazed by how much you get done.
One of the most surprising things that boosted my productivity was using a standing desk. When I feel myself losing steam, I pick up my laptop and switch to my standing desk. You don’t even need to buy your own! My standing desk is just a box on my kitchen counter. It really helps to get my brain working again.
Listen To TedTalks
I love TedTalks. If you come to my house during office hours you are bound to find one playing in the background. They have a wide variety of topics available and I am always able to find something related to the topic I am working on at the moment. Not only are they inspiring but you learn so much from them. I have been able to use many a tip to use in my business but also in my personal life.
You may believe that taking a break from your work seems counter-intuitive. However, I find a brisk walk is incredibly effective for getting my focus back. If walking isn’t your thing, do a quick home workout or put on some loud music and dance it out. The only thing that really matters is that you are moving your body. It gets your heart rate up and takes your mind off of your work. When you get back to your laptop you will feel refreshed and ready to get cracking.
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