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STAY FOCUSED & PRODUCTIVE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY

By TIFFINY J. FAMBRO | Time Management/Organization

Dec 08

The COVID 19 pandemic has put everyone and everything in a freefall state.  Corporations are allowing employees to work from home more than ever in an effort to keep people safe and decrease the spread of the virus.

Many school districts have closed schools and even colleges have sent students home.  So, with almost everyone working from home people are having to create a new normal.  The type of normal that includes juggling family, work, self-care, sleeping, eating, and recreation.

I personally have worked from home a good portion of my career and have had an opportunity to learn a few tips and tricks to stay focused, productive and organized.

TECHNIQUES TO EFFECTIVELY WORK FROM HOME

Here are the techniques I have used to work efficiently even when I’m not in the office.

  1. Figure out which time of day you are most productive, morning or night.  Some people can get a ton of work done in the morning maybe 5 am-11 am.  While other people are more creative and productive late at night, maybe 9 pm-2 am.  The fact is, you need to know which hours are better for you and create a schedule that works within that time frame.  Another option is to just schedule meetings in the afternoon so that you can get up later in the day if needed.   
  2. Create a home office or a designated workspace that is not used for other activities.  In the past when I have tried to work in my bed, or from my kitchen table, I would not get as much work done or would not be able to concentrate.  Later I learned that our minds associate certain spaces with certain activities.  The bed is usually associated with sleep, the kitchen table is usually associated with eating.  When these associations happen, the brain sends signals to the body to behave accordingly.  Meaning it tells the body, “start yawning in bed, “start snacking in the kitchen” and so on.  The best way to stay focused while working from home is to pick a neutral work area where you don’t already do a specific activity. Even if you put a small table near a corner of a room just to focus on work.
  3. Create a work schedule and make sure you have scheduled breaks.  Our brains are very good at focusing for long stretches of time, but we do need to give it a break in between.  For example, for every 60-90 minutes of work, you may want to take a 15-minute break.  Another option is the Pomodoro timing method (see my previous article about this specific method) which focuses even more on work/break intervals.

No one really knows how long the effects of the pandemic will last and working from home may be our new normal.  So, taking the time to create a routine using these techniques to support your efforts during will help you in the long run.

As we build our confidence and belief in ourselves, we must learn to adapt to changing environments and continue to evolve in how we work and create.

XOXO Tiffiny

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About the Author

Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love

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