Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How to be Productive on a day around the House

The Coldwell Banker Burnet Minnetonka office is currently undergoing a major remodel and Stafford Family Realtors has been working remotely from home in our makeshift office for the last three weeks. We have taken over the homework/music room in our home which we now share with three teenage girls who have school projects and piano lessons. 

Some days we come into the "office" to find that our desk is covered with cut up bits of paper or all our pencils have gone missing but the change of venue has come with some wonderful perks as well. We actually find that we take time to eat lunch at a normal hour and the laundry piles aren't nearly as high as they usually are.

Working from home can sometimes get a bad rap with the assumption that you'll get side tracked and never get anything done! However we have not found that to be the case. The folks over at BrightNest.com recently published the article below offering seven tips on how to make a day at home as productive as possible and we have found some of them to be true! So much so, we wanted to share them with you.

source: The Daily Mail UK

7 Ways to Become a Powerfully Productive Homebody

Real talk: When you have a day at home, it can be tough not to binge watch a new series or craft something snazzy. Of course we all deserve these breaks, but probably not every weekend.

We put together some tips and tricks on how to get stuff done at home, so you can feel accomplished before you start your Netflix binge.

Here are 7 seven ways to cultivate productivity at home:

1. Limit Your To-Do List Per Day

Although we’ve all got to-do lists up the wazoo, manageable goals inspire productivity. Give yourself a 3-5 item limit and organize your tasks by day. This way you have the opportunity to finish your to-do list every single day. Boom!
2. Tackle Your Toughest Task First

If you get the hardest part out of the way first, you will be fresh and focused. You will also have a weight off your shoulders for the rest of the day.

3. Exercise

If you don’t have time to make a regular gym routine, bring the gym to your at-home yoga mat. Doing a ten-minute routine is a healthy way to energize yourself for another task that seemed daunting prior to a little sweat and elevated heart rate.

4. Take Proper Breaks

No matter what you’re doing, take a break every two hours. This will strengthen your focus in the long run. Break activities can include lunch, a dance party or a walk outside.

5. Plan to Plan

Reserve some time each day to plan your upcoming week. This could be blocking off an hour to choose your meals or to make your daily to-do list. If you get started with no intention, the task will take longer.

6. Eliminate Distractions

Don’t answer the phone if you’re busy. Ask your roommate or partner to talk later. If it helps to only check your email in the afternoon, implement that routine. When you’re working at home whether professionally or for personal pleasure, take your projects seriously.
7. Reward Yourself

If today’s task is to cook a large meal to eat for lunch all week, that deserves some acknowledgement! Treat yourself to your favorite TV show afterward or a 20-minute break on the couch with a book.

Article originally published by BrightNest.com by Amy Thompson on January 12, 2016.

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