Even little things can affect your productivity in big ways, and making some simple changes to the way you approach your workday can pay off, says Lifehacker’s Eric Ravenscraft.
1. Establish a morning routine. Structure can help your brain focus, so establish and protect your morning routine. Establishing the mental discipline to complete the tasks of getting ready for work and eating breakfast can pay off in greater focus as the day goes on.
2. Embrace your commute. If you drive, walk or take public transportation, listen to a podcast or your favorite music, or use the time to enjoy the quiet and collect your thoughts. You can check email and work on projects as well, but remember this may be the only time you have to yourself all morning.
3. Protect your workspace. Distractions kill productivity, so establish boundaries (physical or mental) between yourself and chatty co-workers. Find places where others won’t distract you.
4. Be where the work is. When you’re at your desk, you’re working. Not eating, not looking for deals online. Ensure your workspace is optimized for your workflow.
5. When work is over, it’s over. You may have to consciously disconnect from work emails and your computer, but when you’re at home, your priority should be on your home life.
— Adapted from “Five Work-From-Home Tips That Apply to Office Life,” Eric Ravenscraft, Lifehacker.