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Increase Productivity: 5 Working from Home Tips for Success


Working from home doesn’t have to be stressful, and there are small things you can do to increase productivity that will lead to success.

If you aren’t used to it, working from home can either be amazing or totally make you want to pull your hair out. From someone who has a lot of experience working from home, here are my top 5 tools that I recommend to help you increase productivity while working from home.

1. Daily Planner

It’s very helpful to have a nice daily planner to help you map out each day, get focused, and organized. There’s something about writing things out that makes them much more likely to get done. When you leave things in your head, it’s easier for them to drift away and get lost in the million other thoughts floating around. However, writing things down in a planner gives them structure, organization, and focus.

Here are some of the best Daily Planners I’ve found:

  1. Day Designer
  2. Ultimate Home Planner
  3. Erin Condren Planner

2. iPhone Reminders

I’m not sure where I’d be without iPhone reminders, honestly. If I need to remember to do something far out in the future, I use the reminders on my iPhone. It’s great because you can view all of your to-do’s in a checklist format. Also when the task pops up, it stays on your lock screen UNTIL you check it off the list, which I love. You can even say “Hey Siri, remind me to do ___ on ___ day at ___ time,” which is super convenient.

You can use reminders for a ton of things like your job, personal life, blog, etc. It’s a really great tool and helps you get more done without having to stress yourself out about remembering when to do it.

You can create separate lists, share them with people like your family members or work partners. It’s great because you can set details to remind you on a specific date or at a certain time. Also, you can have your phone remind you to do something when your GPS tracks you at a specific location.

It’s a great free tool that if you aren’t using, you should because it’ll change your life!

3. Habit Tracker

A habit tracker is a great way to keep track of the things you do daily. I use it specifically to shape myself into who I want to become. For example, if I set a goal to be more fit, I’ll write “Exercise 30 mins/day” on my habit tracker, and for a whole month, track this habit. It’s important to be intentional about putting a checkmark in that box every day.

A habit tracker can be used to increase productivity in your relationships, personal life, health, career, and much more. Whatever it is you want to do, you can do something small every single day to get yourself closer to your goal and maintain productivity.

4. Clickup

Clickup is an organization tool, that has a ton of features, and can be used for teams. There’s a slight learning curve, but once you get it you’ll be obsessed. It’s basically a project management tool that you can use for work, personal life, and so much more. You can set tasks for each day of the month, and within each task, you can also add sub-tasks that are related to that task.

This can be used for literally anything. I use it for work, my business, it can also be used to meal plan for the week or month. For example, on Monday you can add a task of which meal to cook for dinner, let’s say, Spaghetti. You can then add subtasks for which ingredients you’ll need to buy for this meal, at the grocery store.

You can view the month in grid (calendar) format, or as a list.

Clickup is a really efficient tool to use for productivity, and I personally have grown to absolutely love it.

5. Tomato Timer

Tomato Timer is a cool tool that totally helps promote productivity. It is simply a time tracker. You could also use your phone for a timer, but I also like the tomato timer because it has a log. Each timer is set to 25 minutes, so once you start it, you have to work for 25 minutes straight. Then, once time’s up, you can choose whether you want to take a short (5 minute) or long (10 minute) break. Like I said, it also logs your day, so you can keep track of how much time you’ve spent doing things and engaging in deep work.

I’m glad I got to share some of the best tools I use daily to get more done, efficiently. I hope they help you stay productive and accomplish more! Let me know what other productivity tips and tricks you have in the comments below!

Increase Productivity: 5 Working from Home Tips for Success

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