Home. It’s where life happens — it’s where you eat, sleep, rest and connect with family and friends. You might even work from home. And during your time at home there will always be things that need to be done. How are you doing with keeping up? There’s no question that it can be tricky to balance everything. Read on for four ways you can do just that and boost your productivity at the same time.
Take Ownership of Your Time
One of the best ways to get things done is to remember that you are in control of your time. Everything from housework to cooking, setting appointments and paying bills can be done effectively and efficiently. Create a daily schedule that allows blocks of time for tasks within each category.
Daily Schedule – A5 & Happy Planner CompatibleDo you struggle to fit everything into one day? Me too! There are ways that you can start to manage your time in order to get all your important tasks done and still find time for some well earned "me time" too.
For instance, maybe tackling the bills and other related items — such as finding the best insurance quotes online to accommodate your newly licensed 16 year old daughter, or shopping around for a better family health plan — is something you prefer doing in the morning over your first cup of coffee. Maybe meal planning is your secret to making your time in the kitchen a breeze, so you shop and prep on certain days. Whatever it is, being able to effectively manage your time is key.
Fuel Your Body Right
If you were to ask anyone who spends most of their time at home what one of the downfalls is, chances are they’d say they spend a lot more time hanging out near the pantry. And while that’s definitely tempting, focusing on fueling your body with healthy options throughout the day will be much more beneficial to your mind and your waistline.
Still not convinced as to how that delicious double chocolate muffin will sabotage your day? Research shows that eating processed and sugary foods in the morning leads to a rapid decline in energy and productivity throughout the day. So tomorrow, reach for a bowl of homemade steel cut oats at breakfast and take note of how the rest of your day shapes up.
Rise and Shine
Did you know that some of the most productive people wake up early every day? Take a look at your own morning routine. Are you up when your alarm goes off, allowing time for exercise, meditation or just a few minutes of peace before the day starts? Or are you a serial snoozer, waking up at the last possible minute… feeling rushed and behind from the get go?
If you’ve established a good morning routine, that’s great. If not, now’s the time to change that. It all starts with quality sleep, so take note of what your bedtime routine looks like. There are several ways to ensure the rest you do get is beneficial, and there are so many benefits of early rising — increased productivity being a big one. A few simple changes can make a huge difference.
Break Up the Day
Being productive doesn’t mean you have to spend every minute of every day working. It doesn’t mean there’s no time to enjoy life, to chat with a friend, to play a board game with your little one. Taking breaks is a very important part of a healthy overall lifestyle — and being aware of when to take them will serve you well. Without some sort of parameters, you could find yourself feeling overwhelmed or distracted — even resentful. None of those are good. How do you know when to take a break? When you’re not feeling all in. Maybe you’re not finding your groove or maybe you know you’re not totally focused. Stepping away and returning at a later time is your friend here.
Spending time at home can be great — even better when you know your time spent there is spent well. With a few tweaks, that can be you.
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