Due to many of us still needing to work or study from home, there’s a high chance of experiencing a reduction in overall productivity as the colder months roll in. Being all cozy and warm can make people feel lazy, and that’s a big no when you have assignments due.
That said, here are six trends to incorporate in your home to achieve optimal productivity levels:
1. Don’t Forget to Get Ready
While walking around the house in warm loungewear is comfortable, it’s a good idea to avoid doing it when you have work to do. Make it a goal to wake up earlier than your usual time and change out of loungewear or pajamas, even if it means wearing a pair of jeans and a casual shirt. Not wearing the same clothes every day can help your brain and body understand that they need to switch gears to ‘active’ mode.
2. Add Some Exercise
Before you strike this idea down, hear us out.
There’s no need for you to spend an hour or two working out at home if you don’t want to. Simply add at least 15 minutes of exercise into your daily routine to keep your productivity levels strong.
Exercising does wonders to keep the mind active, especially if you spend most of the day in front of the laptop. Even if it’s just a few crunches and pushups or a short yoga or meditation session, do them to keep your body awake and back pain (from sitting all day) at bay.
If you can, you should designate a part of a well-lit room as your workout area. It’s recommended the workout area is away from the at-home workstation.
3. Good Sleep Is Vital
If you get a good night’s sleep, the chances of feeling lazy throughout the day decrease. That’s why it’s vital to invest in a high-quality mattress and soft covers.
For those wanting animal-friendly bed items, they can opt for a down alternative comforter to experience snug sleep sessions. It’s best to aim for a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night.
4. A Proper Workstation
Sitting on a couch and working on a project on a laptop while the fireplace burns nearby sounds lovely, right?
Well, don’t do it.
Being cozy is the enemy if you’re aiming for productivity during winters. You should have a proper workstation at home to handle professional projects or for studying.
Make sure that the workstation has a desk lamp that can provide bright lighting. It’s also a good idea to avoid working while sitting or being too comfortable in your bed.
5. Listen to Music
Playing pleasant music in the background while working alone from home is another good way to keep yourself active. The usual office setting has other people making a lot of noise as they go about their day. However, one doesn’t usually get that type of commotion when working from home, and such an absence can lead to the brain wandering off and procrastinating on tasks. Listening to your favorite playlist can aid with focusing on the tasks at hand.
6. Keep an Eye on Your Diet
Many people love sipping on hot chocolate throughout winter. However, it’s best to keep such heavy and sweet beverages for after work and eat healthy snacks during the day.
Also, make sure to eat your lunch away from the workstation. Doing so will help your body not associate craving snacks with working.
It would help if you made it a habit to eat food that gives you energy instead of draining it. Remember to have leafy greens, eggs, nuts, fruits, and whole grains instead of ordering burgers for lunch every day. If you think cooking food requires much time, try using a quality blender for shakes and smoothies. Drinking water also aids with productivity, especially during winter when people don’t feel thirsty.
Wrapping It Up
It can be very easy to go into hibernation mode during winter, which can negatively impact one’s productivity. From better bedding to a proper workstation, consider incorporating these trends to assist with optimal productivity levels.