Whenever I read tips on boosting productivity, I almost always find myself scoffing.
It’s not to say that what I read is bad advice, but for a WAHM, very few tips really help.
These tips take the cake.
If you’ve been following the blog for a little bit, then the chances are that you know a bit about me already. If you haven’t, let me just break down the deets that are my life:
- I work at home
- I have two kids to take care of
- One kid is going through his terrible 3’s and the other is working on his first tooth
Needless to say, I haven’t slept in years, coffee is my best friends (besides my husband — he’s number one on that list), and it’s pretty dang hard to be productive on days where I’ve got a baby crying in the background and another boy tugging on my shirt asking me a billion questions.
Just to be clear:
I’m not complaining. I love my family and my life!
But the reality is that kicking my butt into a productive engine isn’t always easy.
With that being said:
It’s not impossible.
In fact, I’ve found ways that make it really easy to slip into work mode and get chiz done.
I have 3 really easy productivity hacks that I use to help me work faster and better in a shorter amount of time.
Oh, and you’ll want to stick around for number 3 — it’s the best.
Kick Your Productivity Up a Notch with These Simple Hacks
#1 — Don’t Work in Your PJs
Trust me. I know how tempting this is.
After a long night of hassling with kids to get them to sleep and then being up every couple of hours to feed a hungry little guy, the last thing I feel like doing in the morning is dressing in business slacks and a nice shirt that is bound to get dirty from being the human baby napkin I’ve turned into.
However, it hardly has to go that far.
Switching from pajamas to clothes I’d wear out and about help my brain change gears for the day. Changing my clothes and downing my first cup of coffee help clear the fog and get my day going.
#2 — Put On Shoes While You Work
Something as simple as putting on shoes seems like nonsense, but it works surprisingly well.
Most of you probably don’t know this about me, but I’m actually Filipino. If you are too, or if you have friends who are, then you probably know one thing:
We love walking around barefoot. (Also, socks and sandals are cool. Don’t judge.) I hate being in shoes longer than I need to so you’ll never find me in my house with shoes on — ever.
But slipping into a pair of TOMs while I’m working at home has helped and it’s one productivity hack I turn to when I really need to focus and crank out some work.
Both this tip and the one above are things we’ve been doing since pre-school. From the time we were kids, we’d wake up, brush our teeth, get dressed, slip on shoes and head out the door for a day of learning and working.
Therefore, our brains are almost programmed to switch on work-mode when we do this.
If you work from home too, then give this a try and see what it does for you. I’d love to hear if this is something that others find success with.
#3 — Use Coffitivity (Free)
This is my go-to productivity booster.
Coffitivity is a web app that plays the sounds like you would find in various places you may find yourself working or studying away from home — like a college library or morning cafe.
The sounds played act as background noise that have been proven to help boost your productivity. As I write this, I am listening to it and it helped my crank out 700 words in about 15 minutes. Not bad, right?
This app is free and there’s also a free mobile app you can download so that you can take it without wherever you go. It’s seriously awesome and something I will recommend to anyone.
When it comes to productivity, what have you found that works for you?
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