Work can become mundane and it can be easy to find yourself stuck in a rut. If you’re a freelancer or you’re running your own business or startup, then it can be extra difficult to stay on top of all the tasks. We've compiled a list of our favorite ways to stay productive:
1. Use a Project Management Application
We use Trello to organize our to-do lists and projects! It’s great for team delegation, as well. “Trello has everything you need to organize projects of any size.” Ever since we started using Trello, we’ve noticed a huge difference in organization and productivity.
2. Take Care of Your Work Station
When you need a fresh start, switch up your work station. That’s what’s great about working from a coworking space - you can work from a bean bag in the common space, at a Hot Desk or in your office.
Keep your desk space clean. At the end of each workday, clean your workspace so that when you come in the next day, you don’t have to deal with clutter. Also, the layout of your desk matters.
3. Get Fresh Air
Take a walk outside. Some fresh air always helps clear the brain.
Add an indoor plant to your workstation. “Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.” (NBC News)
4. Leave Your Work at Work
Try your best not to take your work home. You need to give yourself a break. And never work from bed! There have been studies that prove it will affect your sleep.
5. Dress the Part
It’s tempting to show up to work in sweat pants and a t-shirt when you don’t have to follow a dress code, but research shows that dressing the part can help fuel your productivity.
One friend gave me the advice to wake up a little earlier on Monday, do my hair and put on some lipstick. It’s actually helped beat some of the Monday blues!
6. Cut Out Distractions
Mute your Whatsapps. Your friends can wait for you to respond.
Don’t check your social media pages or YouTube every 10 minutes. If you don’t have the self discipline, download the Self Control App which allows you to block websites for a set amount of time while you finish up a project or big task.
7. Start Early and End Early
Even if you don’t have to report to work at certain hours, try to follow the 9-5 schedule. It helps you maintain a healthy social life.
More tips: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-rampton/12-tips-to-being-producti_b_9052590.html