5 Ways To Create a Productive Environment

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Being at home, it can be hard to be productive. Whether you’re working from home or get home after a day of work, it’s easy to just lay on the couch and spend your day watching television or watching Youtube on your laptop and doing nothing productive.

Here’s some ways to create an environment that motivates you to be productive.

1. Dress Up

Don’t spend your entire day in sweatpants or pyjamas. Get out of bed in the morning and put on an nice outfit.

“Dress yourself the way you want to tackle the day. Like a boss.”

Dressing up makes a big change in your motivation and how you feel. Choose an outfit that represents work mode to you.

Check out: Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg

2. Make a List

This shouldn’t be a surprise. Make a to-do list for the day. Write down the activities you want to have tackled.

Want to go a step further? Make a time schedule. Make an estimation on the time you need for each task, and set a time slot for each of them. This way you have a clear idea of what the day will look like.

Creating your list or schedule the evening before will give you a headstart. It’s already more motivating to know why you’ll be getting out of bed the next morning. You have a list to tick off.

Check out: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

3. Set Deadlines

Even when there’s no real deadline that others depend on, make a deadline that you hold yourself accountable for.

Create check-in points where you take a moment to look at the progress you’ve made.

“Use check-in moments to evaluate your progress.”

From there you can continue and pick up the pace to meet your goals for the day, or perhaps put some extra time in the activities you have left.

Check out: The High Performance Planner

4. Have Set Worktimes

Treat your day as a regular work day. Wake up at a certain time, allow yourself some time to wake up and get ready, and start at a set time.

Stop at a set time as well. If you want to stop working at 5, don’t end up working till 8. Stop at 5 and spend the rest of the evening relaxing and focusing on other things.

It’s nice to have a feeling of accomplishment when you’ve had a productive day, and you’ll allow yourself to enjoy the rest of the day afterwards more.

Check out: Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

5. Tidy Space

Clean your space before you start your day. Get rid of distractions in the room and make sure your desk space is clear, so you can be productive from the start and don’t get distractions by all the clutter.

Clutter and mess are an easy way to get distracted. Since there is the always applicable saying,

“Clean space, Clear mind.”

This applies to every aspect in life, not just work/productivity.

Check out: Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport

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