How to Avoid Stagnant Productivity
1. Create a consistent schedule to stick to
Remember when you’re home, you won’t be able to avoid all distractions such as family. When you have a lot going on, you want to make sure everything has its dedicated time. Setting a schedule for yourself is a great way to start breaking the cycle of stagnant. Set times to make meals, take a break, work on tasks, help kids with their homework, etc. Following this schedule will allow you to maximize your time and productivity while minimizing distractions.
Once you nail this it’s time to apply it to your household. When everyone is on a schedule together, a clear understanding of boundaries is established. This doesn’t mean that everything needs to be black and white. It’s okay if little interruptions occur, just make sure these interruptions are necessary.
2. Avoid doing household chores or having easy distractions during your scheduled work hours
When you’re trying to be productive from home, specifically through work, minimizing distractions that are at the tips of your fingers can increase productivity. This includes having a TV on as background noise or taking a break to clean the kitchen (which usually ends up taking more than just a short break). Distractions like these can instantly take your focus off your task at hand.
Remember: Multitasking isn’t always the most productive way to get things done. Use your designated work time wisely.
3. Set up a comfortable remote office
Having a comfortable and organized setting to do productive work is very important because it sets the tone for your workday. Ideally, it should be a quiet area within your home that is easy to escape from distractions. You should incorporate your own personal style to your workplace, such as art, photos, plants, and other decor. Also, make sure you’re choosing a location to optimize natural lighting as it can help keep your mind focused and prevent possible eye strains.
Keep in mind that cluttered and unorganized spaces can and will hinder your productivity levels. Typically, the environment you keep around you is how you are feeling inside and you want to feel at your best!