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How To Be More Productive While Working From Home

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Be More Productive While Working From Home

Many people dream of the chance to be able to skip the daily commute to the office for the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home. Indeed, more and more people are now working from home than ever before.

Thanks to modern technology and changes in business, more companies now give their employees the option to work from home on either a part or full-time basis. There is also a substantial growth in the number of freelancers and home business owners who have decided to swap the office for the more appealing laptop lifestyle. While working from home might at first seem like a dream come true, in reality, unless you have a good system in place, your productivity and indeed your health could suffer.

The key to a more productive work-from-home experience is to create an environment and routine that allows you to focus on your daily tasks, keeps your productivity levels high while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

So, whether you are working from home for the first time or you are looking for some useful tips for creating a more productive and healthy work routine from home, here are some tips that I have found really helpful.

Morning Routine (journal, fuel, mindset)

I always recommend using a journal as part of a morning routine. Starting your day using a Journal is a great way of putting you into a positive and productive mindset while also planning out your day ahead. To begin, start by writing three things that you are grateful for! This list is endless; examples might include our health, our home and the people around us. Once you get into this daily habit of having an attitude of gratitude, you will be happier and you will also attract more things in your life to be grateful for. The Five Minute Journal is a great, easy to use journal to help get you started with this powerful habit. I have being using these simple but very effective journals for many years with great effect.

To help keep your mind focused and also give you the energy that you need to work at an optimum level, you need to stop skipping breakfast. The modern day habit of grabbing our favorite coffee beverage instead of having the most important meal of the day has lead to that all too familiar mid day slump. Simply having a bowl of cereal or a delicious smoothie will control your blood sugar levels and give you the energy you will need to perform your daily tasks at a higher level. Remember to also drink plenty of water throughout the day to help you stay hydrated and focused.

Take just a few minutes each morning to read some inspirational quotes or empowering affirmations. This is another great morning habit to put you into a more positive mindset before you start work.

Create a Dedicated Workspace

Just because you are not working at the office, doesn’t mean you can’t have a dedicated office space at home. This could mean having a table and chair or simply a place on the couch and a coffee table. Having a work space that has plenty of fresh air, natural light and is comfortable are key for an more productive work from home lifestyle.

Take Breaks And Move

Give yourself enough time throughout the day to take a break away from your work space. Brendon Buchard, the author of the best selling book, High Performance Habits recommends that you take at least one standing break per hour when working or during times when you are sitting? Brendon recommends taking a few minutes every hour to walk around or do some light stretching. Research has also shown that taking short breaks can actually increase productivity and creativity levels.

Take Breaks And Move

Avoid Distractions

While you don’t need to shut yourself off completely from everyone at home, limiting the number of distractions that you have is important if you want to be more productive. Having a dedicated internet browser for work is a simple, yet good idea. By only displaying job-related bookmarks will help to keep you more focused and productive. I like having some music in the background, while some people highly recommend using noise cancelling earphones. These can help keep out the sounds of a television in another room, kids playing, the door bell ringing and other noises that might distract you.

Create A Daily To-Do List

Write down what needs to be done for the day ahead, then number each task in order of priority. When your day is done, transfer anything that you didn’t accomplish to the next day’s list to ensure that all of your tasks get completed. When making your daily to do list, you can use simply use a blank sheet of paper, a notebook or one of the many productivity Apps available. I recommend the popular and very easy to use Trello App.

Create A Daily to-Do List

Set Work Hours

Depending on the type of work that you do at home. You should try to keep to a set routine. You should also plan for breaks and meals during the day. Taking regular breaks from work to eat and switch off are integral parts of keeping you productive. I have a small morning break and then an hour afternoon break. I use this time to go to another room, eat, check my personal emails, browse the internet and perhaps use social media. Over time you will know when you are most productive, try to build your work schedule around your peak productivity periods. Remember, work-life balance is key to a more productive and enjoyable work from home routine.

Leave The House

Leaving your house on a regular basis is good for your health and will also help boost your creativity and productivity. Simply taking a 10-minute walk around the block during the day is a great way to freshen up and encourage the flow of new ideas. In the evening after I have finished work, I like to go for a brisk walk in the local park. This helps me to clear my head and improve my fitness.

Final Word

Working from home can be a major adjustment and it can certainly be difficult if you are not prepared for its challenges. The tips above have helped me be more productive while working at home and I am sure that they will help you too.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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