30 Jan 5 Expert WFH Productivity Hacks
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year that we have all been WFH, with a very hazy end-point in site. Some say this summer, some say the fall, and some say, 2022. Whenever we do go back to the office, one thing is for sure, WFH is here to stay. Some companies have closed their office doors permanently, others have reduced their physical footprint and there’s a widespread plan to allow for hybrid work which includes time in the office and WFH.
So, we thought it would be great to provide a refresher on WFH hacks that will help keep you productive and keep you on your A-game.
Time For A Refresher
1. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferris
Truer words could not have been spoken. So many of us conflate being busy with being productive and that is a serious productivity trap that you want to avoid. So, take a good hard look at your professional goals and milestones, take another good hard look at your schedule and then stop. Sit with both things and have an honest talk with yourself and assess whether or not your day to day to-do list and schedule are filled with busy reactive tasks (which we have to make time for) and if you are truly being productive and moving towards your goals and dreams.
2. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
Knocking out the low-hanging-fruit in the day is always something that will come easily and many of us make the mistake of starting our day with the easy stuff. While that can feel good and ease ourselves into the work day, this approach has a a few dangers. First of all, it’s best to tackle your harder and more complex projects with a fresh head and a full reserve of energy. If you busy up with the smaller stuff, you will likely not have as sharp of a focus for the bigger stuff. There’s also the risk of the interruptions that will come your way as the work day progresses and then next thing you know, that big project gets moved (again) to the next day’s to-do list and the overwhelm will increase.
3. “You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.” – Seth Godin
Plans and planners are awesome. They work, but only if there’s a firm commitment behind your plan to get the day-to-day steps completed. And that starts with breaking down your plan into actionable items and organizing your day, your weeks and even months to support your plan. This also requires daily and weekly reviews to make sure you are on track and to revise your plan and planner as needed.
4. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
This goes along with all of the above tips. Once you know your plan, organize your day to allow time to get your work done, nothing is more important than prioritizing. And when you know what is at the top of your list and what has deadlines attached to it, then, and only then, can you create an effective schedule.
5. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
It’s easy to freak out at the staggering amount of things that creep onto our to-do lists. And it’s even easier to talk about how much you have to do. At some point, you have to jump in and do. And when that happens you will probably discover a few things that will surprise you. When you create a work environment without distractions (which is doable, even at home!) most tasks take much less time than you thought they would. In fact, most tasks take 20 – 30 minutes when uninterrupted. Also, once you roll up your sleeves and dive in, especially for your bigger projects, the mere act of doing will spur on more energy and motivation to keep you going!
Now, we’d love to hear from you and learn what productivity hacks you love that help you crush it at work!