There has been a major shift to working from home, even for students. If you are working from home and trying to manage your children being home and doing schoolwork, you may be at a loss when it comes to ensuring productivity. When a tv is across the room and there isn’t a boss or teacher hovering, distractions come easily. Here are some tips to create a space that enables productivity!
1. Increase natural light
Let as much natural light as possible into your workspace. Your body works best with natural light because of circadian rhythms, which tell your brain to be awake and productive when natural light is around you. Natural light will help you feel alert and the vitamin D you will get from opening those windows will help boost your immune system too.
2. Become minimalist with your decor
Don’t crowd your workspace, but make sure to decorate your space in a way that you enjoy it. A clean, organized space with a few quirks that will make you smile…like a favorite photo. Make sure any items you will need are within reach, so you are more motivated to stay put!
3. Make a work-only space
It is important to train your brain to differentiate when it is time to work and when it is not. When we go to work or school, it is natural for us to switch into ‘work’ mode. Train yourself by only sitting in your workspace when it is time to get things done. You will be more productive when you are in that space.
4. Manage phone and social media usage
You may need your phone to make work calls but it is important to set boundaries and stick to them. Let’s face it…it is super easy to constantly scroll through social media for hours! If you don’t need your phone, try keeping it in another room during ‘focus’ time.