Hello procrastination my old friend …..
….. Please leave me alone again!
Everybody who already has issues with procrastination or has had them in the past probably knows, how bad procrastination can get even on normal work days, if you let it, but that’s nothing compared to what procrastination can be like when you’re working from home. Few to no deadlines, nobody tells you what to do and when to do it, and Netflix and co. are just waiting for you to give in and watch just one more episode. Productivity levels in these times of Homeoffice and -studying can be low, especially when there is nobody to monitor you, which is why today I want to share tips that help me stay productive at home. 😊
1.Create a schedule!
If you’re like me and you need a schedule to order your otherwise all over the place and chaotic day, not having one during quarantine is the worst you can do to yourself. If you already have a schedule on regular work or university or school days, follow that schedule in quarantine as well.
For example, if you’d have class on let’s say Tuesday from 11:45 am to 1 pm you do something for that topic in that time and on that day. If there is nothing to do for that class, do another subject but do something for university/school. That way you can stick with your normal routine and don’t start piling things up.
Same goes for work, do your regular work hours as if you were at work. I can’t really say a lot for the people who have kids, since I can only imagine how tricky that is but maybe if they are older you could also try and get them to stick to their schedule as if they were at school and award them with free time or something they really like when they managed to do so? Just an idea 🙂
If you don’t have a schedule yet, make one up. Plan out certain time frames that you dedicate your work/studying to, write it down and see it as this fixed thing that you have to adhere to.
Ever heard of the app “Forest”? (No, I’m not sponsored I just really like the app :D)
Basically, it’s a neat little app that blocks you from using your social media apps and games for the time frame you set and while that time counts down, you’re growing a neat little tree! If you do open any of the apps that are blocked, you’ll get sent back to the app and get a notification that if you want to proceed, you’ll have to kill your tree; and nobody wants a dead tree in their garden.
There are two versions of the app and I would highly recommend you get the paid one. It costs very little, I think I paid like 1 or 2 euros for the paid version but I did it because the paid version comes with the option to whitelist certain apps. System apps like your messaging, music or call apps are whitelisted by default but if you want to for example whitelist another messaging app like WhatsApp or another music app such as Spotify then you can only do that with the paid version.
If you work mostly on your pc or laptop and get distracted by Netflix or other websites, never fear, there is also a browser extension for Chrome. The browser extension comes with a white- and a blacklist mode, so all you have to do is to copy the url of the website you want to black- or whitelist and you’re good to go! 😀
3.Clean your workspace!
If you have a lot of clutter lying around where you’re supposed to work, it can cause you to be distracted, so make sure your workspace is clean and only filled with the stuff you need for working/studying/doing homework etc.
4.Take time off!
I know, I know you hear that one all the time, even when you’re not in quarantine but it is even more important to pay attention to during quarantine. I often find myself completely loosing any sense for what time or day it is which caused me to do work at either really weird times or even at the weekend when I was supposed to take time off. All of that can throw off your natural rhythm and make you feel even less motivated. So please make sure to not only take regular breaks while working ( the so-called Pomodoro-Method works really well for me for example) but also take certain days off and stop working at a reasonable time. This should also be an incentive for you to get all your to-do’s done and taken care off until that day/time, so you still get enough guilt-free time for yourself and your loved ones. 😊
5.Write everything down!
If you have a good/great memory, this tip does not apply to you but if you already struggle with remembering things and to-do’s but somehow manage when you are in a regular routine, (or your brain sometimes is sift, like mine and you need to write down anything nonetheless) you might really want to start writing things down. Ideally, have a notebook for it (*hint hint* Bullet Journal *hint hint* xD) to avoid sheets flying around everywhere but really a bigger sheet of paper that you can write daily to-do’s on works just as well. It can help you organize your thoughts and you don’t constantly have to keep thinking “Oh, I can’t forget that, I need to still do that” and so on.
So there we have it, five tips that hopefully will help you to stay or become more productive in quarantine!
Thank you for reading everybody, stay safe! ❤
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