Things such as goal setting, time management strategies, prioritising and so on.
But there are other powerful, but often overlooked, ways to boost your personal effectiveness and productivity too.
Here are 5 to experiment with:
1. Create a commute.
This helps shift your mindset from personal home life to working from home.
Now, I am not suggesting you jump in the car and drive round the block a few times and then come home. Pick something that you enjoy doing that will become part of your daily routine. For example, a brief walk, some stretches, a wander round the garden, meditation etc. Do it for at least ten minutes immediately prior to starting work.
By the way, running round like a lunatic stuffing the dishwasher and washing machine doesn’t count!
2. Change location.
A change of location gives fresh inspiration.
Take your laptop or a pad and pen and go somewhere that you really like. For example, a local coffee shop or hotel. If the weather is good work outside in the garden, at the park or in the countryside.
I do my business strategy and development work in the lounge at a local hotel that overlooks a beautiful beach. It really helps with the creative thinking and reduces distractions. Do activities that are not dependant on working at home such as planning, brainstorming. writing articles etc.
3. Get connected.
Isolation and lone ranger syndrome has a negative impact on personal effectiveness, productivity and success. Make sure your week is broken up to include connecting with other people. Build a support team of people who also work from home. Meet regularly to share ideas and support each other. Works wonders.
4. Create space.
Scheduling time in your diary every week with no work activities is a great way to let your mind just wander and get creative. It is amazing how many great ideas can just pop up if your mind has some space. Having some mental and physical space also has a positive impact on productivity levels too. Make this a “must do” activity every week.
5. Walk away!
If you are feeling overwhelmed or things seem a bit of struggle, trying to push through is likely to make you less effective. Stop. Walk away. If possible get some fresh air. Sometimes the best way forward is to take a step back!
Do you already have habits and rituals that you find boost your work from home effectiveness? If so, I would love to hear them. Please share them in the comments section below.