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7 Productivity Tips for How to Work from Home

Here are 7 Productivity Tips for How to Work from Home.
Strategies for creating an effective workday at home.

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This isn’t a normal food blogging post for Sweetpea Lifestyle!

But, since I’ve been working from home for quite a while, I thought I would share my productivity tips for getting the most done when working from home.

Whether you are adjusting to working from home currently, or just need a better strategy, this is your post!

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7 Productivity Tips for How to Work From Home

Tip #7: Establish a Morning Routine

You can read all about my morning routine here, but I cannot tell you how important this is to establish AND keep. 

In order to feel the most productive act like you are really going into the office.

Get up, make your bed, and get fully dressed. Down to REAL shoes!

Tip #6: Taming the Paper Tiger

Years and years ago I went to a conference and heard Professional Organizer, Barbara Hemphill give this talk.

This was definitely a game-changer for me!

You’ll use three actions for clearing any kind of clutter – not just paper clutter.

  1. File: The I don’t know, but don’t want to toss pile. – – – these go into a reference file
  2. Act: Some type of action needs to occur in order to get it out of sight. Maybe a bill, a recipe, or craft needing to be made
  3. Toss: recycle, shred, delete. It’s paper. It only fits into one of the categories.

While most are slowing down on the paper business, use this method to go through your desk items regularly. 

At the end of every day, make sure there is nothing on your desk that will steal your attention in the morning.

Small Apartment Office Setup

Tip #5: Desktop System

Find a system that works for you or organizing the things you use the most and the things you need the most. 

I’m going to walk you through what I use, and how I use it!

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Tip #4: Paper Products  You Need in Your Life

I love paper products. I swear by a few, and I’m going to show you how I use them and why I love them!

Powersheets – you’ve heard me talk about this year after year.

They are my go-to Goal-Oriented Workbook, and I look forward to using this every single day. 

At the end of each year I plan out my goals for the coming year, and then use each month to take actionable steps towards those goals.

Plus, it’s super pretty, has amazing paper, and is just plain amazing to use!

Inkwell Press – this is the agenda I’ve used for years, and I just *love* it!

Each month during my Powersheets Prep, I’ll ‘create’ my agenda for the month. Scheduling activities, appointments, etc so I can see it all out in one glance. 

I have a Daily version that I spend 10 minutes “in” each day.

After reading The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton I was encouraged to stop setting my Weekly agenda. With 7 days in a week, there is bound to be a day that doesn’t go as I planned on Sunday. However, when you take your days one at a time, then it’s less of a hiccup when something doesn’t go as planned.

So, now I start my day with 10 minutes of planning. Filling in exactly what I need to do, what I want to do, and what I can take my time on. 

It has been a MAJOR encouragement to see my days go well, and not my week’s ruined by one bummer of a day.

Moleskine PRO Notebook

This is where I do my Morning Pages (If you haven’t read The Artist’s Way, I highly recommend it!) and use it throughout the year to take notes during webinars, conferences, etc. I just down all kinds of things inside here.

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All of these items are kept to the right of my computer.

I use them every single day, and need them right at my fingertips.

Tip #3: Use a Personal Concierge Service

When you work from home it can be distracting to still know you have to do all the normal house chores.

Consider hiring someone like Tick Tock Concierge to do some of the odds and ends that take up a lot of our time. 

tick tock concierge

Here are a few ideas of ways a personal concierge can help your life:

  • Signature Tidy Service

  • Maid Service

  • Vehicle Cleaning/ Service

  • Home Organization

  • Travel Arrangements

  • Personal Shopping (returns/exchanges)

  • Day to Day Tasks (laundry, dry cleaning, grocery shopping)

Tip #2: Systems

As a food blogger, I write a lot of recipe posts. 

In order to streamline this process, and not feel like I was getting writer’s block all.the.time.

Planners for a Blogger

So, I wrote out my recipe post template on the wall, so I can glance over and remember what I need to add to my posts. 

This somewhat small action has helped me in a tremendous way!

Creating systems for yourself is key to being productive and effective.

Tip #1: Get up and move!

This is really hard for me.

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Most days, when I’m not testing recipes or photographing, I will sit down to my computer, look up and it’s 4 pm and I haven’t moved. 

I set a timer and every hour I get up and walk a little bit. I’ll go outside to the mailbox – go grab a quick snack – do some lunges down the hallway. 

Just get myself moving, and out of the sitting position.

 

Alright, y’all! That’s it! I hope this has helped you learn how to work from home, and given you some strategies to set in place for yourself.

What strategies and systems do you use?

I would love to know in the comments below.

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