Whether your doing online school or working a job at home, these productivity tips I am going to share with you guys will help you make better use of your time at home while also being more productive! Working from home can be distracting and sometimes boring, so I hope these tips help you to succeed!
Separate your work space from your sleep space
The first step is to have a place to work and a place to relax. As a college student myself, I know it’s hard to find a good space to work since I don’t have an office space in my apartment. This means I do online school in my room, and let me tell you, it’s so easy to get distracted.
It’s found that if you work in the same place you sleep, aka your bed, you are going to be less productive. Your mind associates a place like your bed or a coach with relaxing and lounging. So when you work on a bed or couch, you are more likely to not want to do work, leaving yourself feeling tired or lazy. This is why having a specific place for where you work, such as a desk, is crucial to helping your productivity.
So, try your best to avoid don’t work in bed, get up and move to a different space, like your desk. Keep sleep and work separate and I promise you, you will feel more productive immediately!
Clear your desk or work space
The next tip, or suggestion I have for you, is to clear your desk or work space. If you are working on your laptop or in a notebook with a bunch of clutter on your desk, you might feel stressed because it is disorganized. You also aren’t giving yourself the proper amount of space to be productive. I’m not telling you to have a completely empty desk, but make sure you are clearing off space around you where you can place important things such as notebooks, books, or anything related to the work you are doing.
Organizing your digital space
Along with clearing your work space, you also want to clear your digital space. This means if you’re working on your laptop or tablet, to clear and organize all of your files and folders. This will make it easier to find everything you need and have everything in one particular place.
I also recommend getting an external hard drive to back up all the important documents. The worst thing is when you are working on a project or paper and it suddenly gets deleted. To avoid this from happening, make sure you are backing up all of your documents. You don’t have to get an external hard drive, you can also use Google Drive or Dropbox as well.
Schedule the hours you work
Now you are going to want to schedule the hours that you work. If you are working a job, that’s pretty easy since you know you have to work from 8-4 or 9-5. If you are able to work at your own pace, or you are in online school that doesn’t have a lot of specific schedules to follow, it can be harder to stick to a schedule. For online classes, there are two different types of classes: asynchronous and synchronous. Asynchronous classes are “go at your own pace” classes and you have to watch videos or do assignments. Synchronous classes are live classes where you have to log on during a certain time.
For me, it’s easy to create a schedule around the live classes that i have to attend. All of my classes start at 10:05 am so I know that I need to be up by the latest, 9:40. That time marks the beginning of my “school day” Monday through Thursday. I usually try to do all of my school work between 10 am and 3 pm which is when my classes are finished. So the schedule I have created for my self as my “work hours” is 10 am – 3 pm. Obviously, there are some days when I do school work later in the day but I try to keep my schedule consistent. By having a consistent schedule, it allows structure in your life and you know you will be productive in that specific work time period, and then after that you can let lose and have fun.
Scheduling your breaks
While you are creating your work schedule, you also want to include taking breaks. I can’t sit at my computer the entire time from 10 am – 3 pm. If I am looking at my computer screen for too long, i tend to get headaches. So, blocking in breaks for things such as lunch or snacks, or talking to your friends, is important. It’s always good for you body to get up and move around a little bit. It’s also good for you to take a little break and walk outside and enjoy the weather if it’s good. It will help you clear your mind space and take a break from constantly working. When you come back, you will feel refreshed and ready to begin again.
Create a to-do list
If it seems like you have a lot of things you need to get done in the coming weeks or month, creating a to-do list is a great visual way to organize all of your responsibilities. If you’re in school, you can break up your to-do lists by classes, and for work, you could break them up by important dates or projects.
I also like to have my to-do lists indicate if things are higher priority that I need to get done first, or if I have a little bit of time before i have to do them.
Balance work and fun
Finally, it is important to find that balance between work and fun when working from home. People always say you have to have an strong work-life balance. But with the pandemic, work and your personal life are intermingled.
I honestly love being home, I find it more relaxing since i get to be in my own space and learn at my own pace. You have to discipline yourself when it’s time to do work, and when it’s time to have fun and relax. Distinguishing this will allow you to get more things done efficiently as well as save time.
And that is it for today’s blog post! I hope you all found some tips on how you can be more productive when working from home! I know times are still changing constantly, and many of you would rather be in an office or in in-person classes. But we have to work with what we’re given, so learning how to be productive when working from a home setting is important!