Do you find yourself wasting a lot of valuable time in your workday? Are you left with a sense you worked all day and have nothing to show for it? Don’t fret, I’m about to give you some major productivity hacks for working from home!
I know the question has crossed your mind, “why is it that some people can get more done in 2 hours than I can in my whole workday?”
The answer is that these people have learned how and when they are most productive and then implemented productivity hacks like the ones I’m about to share with you!
So, without further adieu, let’s jump in and learn some awesome productivity hacks for working from home!
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Learn When You Are Most Productive
This is the first step I want you to take on this journey to boosted productivity. It’s important to know how you work best. I can’t just give you a schedule because my life and goals are different than yours.
I could tell you that waking up early before everyone else will make you more productive. While that may be true for me, mornings may not be your most productive time. In that case, this tip would leave you less than satisfied.
It’s also important to find which days of the week you are more productive with certain tasks. Learn when you are most productive with writing, creating graphics, etc. You’ll use this knowledge to create a schedule that works best for you.
Not only will you find yourself being more productive, but you will see an increase in the quality of your work as well.
Rule Out Distractions… Well, Maybe Not All of Them
I want to talk about Negative distractions vs. Positive distractions for just a sec….
I think we all have a pretty good idea of what a negative distraction is. Negative distractions are things like constant notifications, Facebook, tons of open tabs, text messages, etc. It’s best to avoid these during work hours.
It is also important to ensure that the people in your household understand the importance of your time and work. Having a heartfelt conversation, maybe during your monthly family meeting, about what your schedule looks like will help everyone understand your boundaries.
On the flip side, Positive distractions can be things like white noise or background noise. Try turning on some classical music to increase focus. If you’re like me, maybe try some music that pumps you up and gets the creative juices flowing while writing or creating graphics.
Factor In Breaks
When working from home, it can be difficult to know when to give yourself a break.
The problem is, your brain gets muddled when it’s overworked. You know it, I know it but even I am guilty of blowing right through and working for WAY TOO LONG at one time.
Figure out how long your brain can stay focused and then factor in time for breaks after that amount of time. Maybe you take a yoga break, or a 5-minute meditation, anything that gets you back in the zone and gives your brain a creative break.
Trust me, you will notice a difference in your stamina and the quality of your work. You might even find that you get more done in a day when you take more breaks… IMAGINE THAT!
Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
Learning keyboard shortcuts can save a tremendous amount of time. A lot of these are universal across different software.
W3schools has a pretty awesome and comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts.
Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to share some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts for different programs like Canva!
Learn To Type Faster
If you are spending a lot of time creating content then it would benefit you greatly to practice typing faster.
I love using Keyhero to practice typing. Keyhero is an awesome, free tool that tells you your accuracy and words per minute. They even have typing lessons if you want to become a true keyboarding master!
Listen to Podcasts
I love reading but I simply do not have time to read every bit of information I need so I listen to podcasts instead. When working from home, you have to make some compromises to save time and boost productivity.
So, I decided to swap out searching for my problems on Google or Pinterest for compiling a list of relevant podcast episodes. Then, I’ll put a podcast on when I’m in the shower, creating graphics, and driving in the car.
My current favorite Podcasts include:
- Serve, Scale, Soar by Brandi Mowles – a podcast for service-based entrepreneurs
- Simple Pin Podcast by Kate Ahl – simple ways to boost your business using Pinterest
- The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher – helping you redefine success and chase bolder dreams
- Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield – actionable steps for online marketing
- The Art of Online Business by Rick Mulready – build and online business and life that lights you up
Figure out the top 5 things that run your business and assign a day to each task. You can schedule out time for your daily reoccurring tasks and the rest of your work time that day should be dedicated to this big task.
As an alternative, you can batch tasks with time blocking. I find that time blocking is a little harder to stick to but my brain may work differently than yours.
However you choose to implement batching, it’s sure to be an awesome way to keep you focused on the task at hand.
Forget multitasking and get focused on one thing at a time!
Outsource Your Weaknesses
If you are running out of time in the day and there just isn’t any way to fit everything in, it’s time to outsource. I suggest looking at the tasks that take up most of your time and/or tasks that you don’t enjoy or just don’t come naturally to you.
You can outsource just about any task for your business.
For example, I offer Pinterest Marketing services but you could also outsource for blog writing, customer service, administrative tasks, or honestly whatever tasks you need to delegate.
Don’t know where to look for help? Just send me an email and ask. I have a lot of reputable service providers for any service you could think of!
Use an Awesome Project Management System
Project management software has the ability to help you plan, organize, and manage all your business tools
My Pick? Clickup all the way! Clickup is like all your favorite Project Management tools in one. I use it to organize my blog and social media content calendars, manage my clients, manage my household, and so much more!
The possibilities with Clickup are endless, seriously! One of my favorite features is that you can choose different views for your tasks. For example, my most used views are list view, board view, and calendar view.
What’s more, they have a free forever plan! With this plan, you get 100mb of storage, unlimited tasks, and unlimited users. However, if you do happen to need to upgrade, they have really competitive pricing.
For example, if you’re looking to build a small team and delegate tasks, the unlimited plan, which ends up being $5/month when paid annually, has plenty of awesome features for these needs!
You can even sync up your Google Calendar with Clickup!
I have been thinking about posting some clickup tutorials. In what format would you learn this information best? For example, I could film them for Youtube, write blog post tutorials, or even share tidbits of info on social media.
Let me know in the comments if you want Clickup tutorials and in what format you would learn best from!
Practice Make Permanent
This is probably the most important of my productivity hacks for working from home! And it’s all to do with mindset.
You have probably heard the phrase Practice makes perfect, but I totally disagree with this statement. Nothing will ever be perfect. But if we do practice something, it becomes embedded in our brains. Therefore if you practice these habits daily, soon, they will become second-nature or permanent.
I encourage you to take this approach and not strive for perfection because you will never get there. Perfection does not exist. Trust this Virgo, I have struggled with perfectionism my whole life and it has only brought me stress!
Say it with me… PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT.
Which productivity hacks for working from home do you plan to start implementing? I’d love to hear how this article has helped you! Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below!
Until next time,