8 fail-proof tips for staying productive while working from home

Many of us are now working from home. What’s more, many of us will probably continue to do so even after lockdowns are lifted.

But how do you juggle work-life balance when you don’t even have separate environments to do so? We list 8 tips for staying productive at home.

1. 1. Stick to a morning routine

Having a morning routine is very important

Ask a successful person what their main secret is for a productive workday and they will say it’s the morning routine. Rolling out of bed directly to your laptop is not the greatest way to start work. Try getting up an hour or two before you’re supposed to start working. Breakfast, meditation, exercise, to-do lists… Whatever takes you to set up for the day feeling energized and ready to go.

2. 2. Get dressed

Get dressed to work from home

No, we don’t mean a suit and tie or a fancy work dress. But staying in your loungewear is not going to help either. Try to dress comfortably but still in a way that won’t make you want to switch the camera off if your boss calls you. Many women swear by wearing makeup regardless of whether they’ll be staying home all day. It makes you feel better about yourself. Similarly, clothes condition us too.

3. 3. Be realistic

Make a realistic list of tasks

You won’t be able to do 100 tasks in one hour and you won’t be able to have lunch in 5 minutes. Staying realistic is key to time management. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Set realistic goals and write a task list you know you'll be able to stick to. 

4. 4. Set up your working hours.

Set up clear working hours

If you have flexible working hours, it’s no excuse to reply to emails well into the dead of night. Set up clear working hours and stick to them. 5 super-productive hours are way better than 15 hours of you wishing you were outside soaking up some sun. Take mini-breaks to give your mind a rest. 50 minutes on 10 minutes off is a great way to start.

5. 5. Organise household tasks

Make a list of chores

Working from home will inevitably result in washing your clothes, making yourself some lunch, mopping the floors, etc. It’s a reality. Prepare for it. Make a clear list of your chores and set aside specific times to do them.

6. 6. Remove distraction

Switch off the TV

If working to the re-runs of Friends is your thing, great. But for many, it’s a distraction. Silence WhatsApp groups, switch off the TV. If complete silence isn’t your thing, play some white noise. It’s great for staying focused.

7. 7. Use productivity tools

Use productivity apps

There are plenty of tools you can use to help your motivation. Asana for task management, Google meet for calls, Google suit for shared files, and your online calendar for keeping your tasks in order.

8. 8. Go for a walk

Go for a walk to increase productivity

Finally, move. Even a simple walk will help you take your mind off work. Moving is super important not only for your physical but also your mental health.

Happy working!

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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