5 Easy Ways to Be More Productive at Home

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5 Easy Ways to Be More Productive at Home Do you find it difficult to get things done when you’re at home?

Need a couple of ideas to help you move things along?

In this post, I offer five simple tips to help you get things done around the house, whether you’re taking care of chores, finishing up some home office work or studying.

Make a short to do list.

Do you start working on one little thing at home, only to be distracted by another item, followed by another?

Keep your mind focused by jotting down a few items for you to take care of in one sitting or session.

You’ll stay on track with your chores and will reduce your chances of having your work drag over the course of an entire morning or afternoon.

If you’re so inclined, you can make short lists of items to attend to on a regular basis, such as housekeeping, bill paying or outdoor chores.

Turn off your phone, or take it off the hook.

Easily distracted by incoming phone calls or texts? Take a deep breath and turn of your cell phone and/or take your landline phone off the hook. Does this sound a bit wild and daring? This could very well be the few sounds of silence you need! Remember, this isn’t something permanent; it’s just so you can focus on what you’re doing and get it done.

Energize yourself with some music.

Switch on the stereo or fire up your MP3 player or smart phone! Why not play your favorite music to help you pass the time? If you’re in the competitive spirit, you could set a playlist on your MP3 player or computer, or listen to the radio, and work until the music stops or comes to an end. If you feel your productivity waning, put your favorite song on repeat for an added boost of energy.

Get dressed for the occasion.

Do you find it difficult to get things done when you’re in your sweatpants or PJs? It might be the clothes you’re wearing. If comfort is preventing you from taking care of chores, consider putting on clothing that either motivates you or energizes you to work or get things done. Sure, it might be the simple difference between wearing a pair of jeans versus a pair of sweatpants, but you’ll never know unless you give it a try.

Corral people and pets.

If you live with other people and pets in your home, you may need to take some action to get some time and space for yourself. Have kids? Ask family member or friend to take the kids outside for a while or hire a babysitter to watch your kids in your home so you can get things done. Have pets? Round up your dog/cat or other pet and put them outside or in a part of the house where they won’t be able to disturb you.

How about you? What do you find is the most difficult thing about getting work or other things done at home? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.