This jumpsuit y’all. I can’t even tell you how much I love it!! I’ve worn it 3 times since getting it and I’m not stopping now! The first time I wore it was to my birthday dinner with my future in-laws, the second time was the night after that for my surprise birthday dinner thrown by my amazing fiancé and best friend, and the third time was last Sunday to church! I seriously can’t get over it! It feels like pajamas and if you get it, I promise you’ll get compliments left and right. I also think you could pair it with some nude closed toe heels and totally wear it to the office! It’s out of stock right now, but I highly encourage you to join the waitlist! If waiting is not your thing, this jumpsuit is very similar and comes in 3 different colors!
Today I wanted to talk about productivity and how I stay on top of work when I work from home. If you didn’t know, I work from home 4 days a week and we all go into the office on Wednesdays to catch up and meet face to face. This means that I have to monitor my own schedule and make sure I’m getting everything done in a timely manner while also allowing myself to take breaks. I’ve got 6 tips below that help me stay productive and I hope they help you out too!
1. Make a Priorities List
This is majorly important for me. I start each day by making a to do list and putting a number next to it in the order that it needs to get done. This helps me when I feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Usually, I want to knock the hardest thing off my to do list first, and then finish the day on an easier note.
2. Have a Schedule
It’s easier said than done, but I try to make sure my time is allocated properly for each project I’m working on so that I can make an efficient and realistic schedule! For example, I have a client that we are supposed to service 3 hours per day, so I make sure to schedule 1 hour in the morning, 1 hour after lunch, and 1 hour before the day is done. This helps me break it up so I don’t get too burned out on one thing.
3. Set Aside Time for Breaks
I make sure I give myself an hour lunch break where I’m not working [not eating at my desk], and 10 minute breaks here and there throughout the day. This helps me stay relaxed and calm during the day and is really helpful to my productivity. Giving yourself time to decompress and not look at a computer screen really allows you to take a deep breath and refocus on the next task.
Learning that you can’t do everything is a valuable lesson. If you know me, you know that I like to get my work done fast, and I mean really fast. If I get an assignment I want to jump on it and get it done as quickly as possible so I’m being efficient with my time. I learned recently that sometimes other people will be better at a task than you and that’s okay! I love graphic design but I’m not a graphic designer, so when a design need comes in I know that I can hand it off to our designer and she can get it done very quickly because that is her speciality! Knowing what your strengths are can be really helpful when you’re trying to tackle your to do list in a timely manner.
5. Reward Yourself
Not to be biased, but this is my favorite tip! Having a reward in mind for when you’re done with a task is such a great motivator! Usually I reward myself with time on my phone, a coffee, or even a piece of candy now that it’s basically Halloween season! It’s a great way to make sure you’re getting your work done and you’re not jumping from task to task leaving one unfinished. I recommend giving yourself a reward for every 3 tasks that you get done so you’re more inclined to power through a few tasks instead of taking a little break after each one.
6. Stay Focused
This one is a bit tricky for some people but hear me out! Staying focused can be really hard when there are a lot of distractions around you. By making sure you’re in a calm and quiet workspace, you can stay focused on the task at hand. If I’m in the office and need to really focus on something, I either put my headphones in and listen to “The Vitamin String Quartet Radio” station on Pandora [highly recommend], or I simply go to an office and close the door. If podcasts are more your style, I recommend The Skinny Confidential or The Goal Digger Podcast! Limiting your distractions can be as easy as turning your phone on do not disturb or turning off the TV you have on “just for background noise.”
I hope some of these tips are helpful for you! I’m all about efficiency in the office so always having these goals in mind helps me stay on track. What are your tips for productivity? Leave them below so we can all learn!