When life gets really busy and you’re stressed, it can effective productivity at work. There are things you can do daily that can help you during the day and also on the following day.
Take breaks and get up from your desk. Teleworking means that we sit more and don’t really “escape” from our workspace during the day. It’s important to take breaks that remove you from your work environment. For example, taking a walk not only gets you moving, but the fresh air can help clear your head.
Having a to-do list will help you stay focused. You can check off what you get done during the day and use it as a starting point to prioritize your activities for the next day. Trying using colored pens so you have a visual of your task list. Red could be high priority, green regular priority, and blue low priority. Or if you have multiple projects or customers, try using a different color pen for each project/customer. Then use a highlighter to identify the high priority tasks for each project/customer.
Before you shut down for the day, take some time to review your tasks for the next day by importance and urgency. This may be a good time to reflect on any changes you may need to make in order to complete your task list on the next work day. Be honest with yourself.
Try to identify what you did accomplish instead of just what you didn’t do. This will allow you to finish up on a positive note. It will also reduce the amount of dread you may feel, particularly if your day didn’t go as planned.
Make sure you have time to destress when you get home. It’s sometimes hard, especially when you had a hard day. This may mean listening to music, reading a book, taking a hot bath, meditating, or journaling. Most importantly, make sure that you get enough sleep. Fatigue can definitely affect your productivity.
These are things that I find helpful. What tips do you have? Drop me a message in the comments. Would love to hear from you!