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What is distracting you more lately? Netflix or News?

If you are new to working from home, welcome to your new office.  I’m not new here – maybe I can show you around.

If you are like me, these distractions are lurking in unlikely places…take laundry for one.  Laundry is typically a last resort or chore. When you are working from home and facing an email you don’t want to write, a difficult task, or uncomfortable conversation, laundry folding can become a welcome distraction. Laundry folding “feels like working”, is a chore and is necessary to do, but when it comes to work that you need to accomplish, it is a distraction. Laundry can become the at home equivalent of the break room.  Beware 😉!

I had to train myself to stick to a work schedule during my work block. Here are a few “best practice” tips.

#TransparentGet dressed each day

This is inspired by “Dress for Success.”  I admit I don’t EVER want to do this, but AFTER I am dressed my mindset is far more positive and productive and goal-oriented.


#Transparent-2Dedicate a place to work

No matter what it looks like, you need a designated place to be present to get your work done!

I have an unfancy “make-shift” office.  My pretty office has no doors or carpet to buffer the sounds of the family who are doing life in the next room. It made more sense to turn a space (with carpet and a door) into my space.  I have recently heard of friends putting a table, lamp, and chair in a closet. The acoustics are great & the distractions are low. It is ok to get creative.

Staying healthy and happy while working from home.

#Transparent-3Plan your TOP 3 the night before

It is hard to make it up on the fly.  If you can decide, as you close down at the end of the day, what your top 3 things for the next day are, your odds of being more productive increase greatly.  A mentor once said, “Focus on doing what is important, not urgent.” The top 3 help with finding where to focus.

#Transparent-4Block Time

This is a productivity hack. I will set an alarm (for 25 minutes or 50 minutes..depending on the task)  and power through things I don’t really want to do.  Somehow, feeling like I am beating the clock helps me to tackle tasks with more efficiency… probably because my mind knows I only have a few minutes.  This worked for me when I was a student with my math problems.

No matter, it all comes down to consistency.  Consistency compounds. This blog is an example of that. I didn’t want to get up and get dressed, but I did it and headed to my office where my calendar said to write.  I set my timer, opened my laptop, and voila, a productivity list about what I did to be productive.

You’ve got this!  What do you do to be productive?

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Originally posted 2020-04-18 11:34:00.

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