How To Be Productive Working From Home | Hannah Witton


(clapping)
(snapping fingers) (singing) – Cool! Hello, I’m Hannah and
welcome back to my channel. So doing this is one
part of my full-time job. I do a lot of other things as well. I write books, my new
book The Hormone Diaries is coming out on the 30th of
June, you can pre-order now, link in the description. But ultimately I am a full-time YouTuber, online content creator, author, writer, influencer, if we must. If we must. I do all of that for myself
on my own for the most part. Except I have an editor, obviously. Hi Ariel. So I work from home a lot. Most days I spend by myself
and talking to this camera is the most talking that
I will do to other people. You’re not other people, you’re a camera. I pride myself on being a very organised and productive person,
although I do not expect myself to be productive every single day, because that’s just setting
yourself up for disaster and unhappiness and I like to
take a bit more of a realistic approach to work and
productivity and balance. Big fan of balance. But over the years I
have gotten pretty good I think at working from home. Yes, I have my off days, but
in general I have picked up a lot of tricks and tips and
things that I do to make sure that I get the work done even though I’m not necessarily
surrounded by other people who are also working hard or
a boss telling me what to do. It’s literally just me on my own. I could if I wanted to
just sit in my living room and watch Netflix all day. Like that is a real possibility
and a real temptation. The other real temptation is
playing video games all day. And I am feeling very ill today,
so after I am done filming these videos that is a genuine possibility of something that I will do,
because uh, I feel horrendous. So I’ve got seven things for
you that might not all work but hopefully you can
like, pick and choose and hopefully this gives
you a bit of motivation and inspiration to get
good at working from home. So number one is get a reliable alarm wake up getting out of bed system. And the trick to this is just
knowing what your habits are, so are you someone who snoozes a lot, are you someone who sleeps through alarms, are you someone who turns
off your alarm entirely and falls back to sleep, are you someone who just
like wakes up naturally to the crack of dawn? Very jealous of you types. And the second thing is to have a why. This is really important,
especially if you work for yourself, because you
could just turn off your alarm and just be like, I will
do it tomorrow, it’s fine. Because no one’s telling you what to do. So it’s really important to
figure out the night before what it is you’re going
to be doing that morning. So you have a why. So when your alarm goes
off in the morning, your brain is telling you
you need to get out of bed because you have this to do,
because there’s this thing. So for me for instance, my
partner has a nine to five, and if I finish my work within that time frame, then I get to hang out with him in the evenings, which is great. And also a lot of my friends
work those same hours as well, and so it means that I have
the evenings and the weekends to socialise and do things that I like. So that is why I get out
of bed in the morning. And if you’re interested, the
system that I currently use, I now keep my phone on
charge overnight in my office and I have a Google Home device by my bed, and I just use that to set my alarm. Number two is get dressed. I spent so much time in
my like early YouTubing freelance days of just
working all day in my pyjamas. And I was definitely not at
productive then as I am now. And it just doesn’t put
you in the right mindset. By all means, wear comfy clothes. But just not your pyjamas
or whatever you slept it. It’s all about getting
yourself in a mindset of I am working, and what you are wearing is a big part of that. Number three, kind of similar, but work in a different
place to where you sleep. And again, it’s about
that separation of sleep, pleasure, like downtime,
non-work time to work time. So before we moved into this
place I would always work at the kitchen table, that was my office. And now I have like a dedicated room to where I work and I love it. It just really helps me be like, oh this is the room that I work in. But yours could be anywhere,
yours could be your kitchen, yours could be your sofa,
but I just, just please, I just highly recommend
don’t work from your bed. Number four, take a lunch break. If you are working in an
office, you should get the opportunity to take an hour for lunch where you can leave the
office and grab a bite to eat or take whatever you brought
to the office out of the fridge and eat that at your desk
and watch YouTube videos for an hour or whatever it is that you want to do in your lunch break. And if you’re working from
home, do the same thing. For me taking a lunch break
is a great way to break up what I’m doing, have a
break, I am sat down so much, so lunch break and making myself some food or reheating some
leftovers, whatever it is, is one of the only times I stand up during the day when I’m working from home. That is another thing that
I should probably work on. But taking a lunch break
when you work from home is good for all of the same
reasons why taking a lunch break when you work in the office is good. When I was living in my old flat before Dan and I moved in together, because Dan is a better cook than me, and so he does most of the
cooking, but before that I would do my main cooking at lunch time, so I would spend that hour
like cooking a whole meal and then I would eat that at lunch, and then I would eat the
leftovers of that at dinner. So I really loved that
as a way to like break up my working day of doing
something completely different that still felt productive and still felt like it was good for me. Number five, go outside. So this is one that I
need to be better at. It is currently 25 to one today, and I haven’t been outside yet. I also haven’t eaten yet, oh god, I am great at taking my own advice. I am clearly an example of how easy it is to fall into the trap of just
not leaving the house ever if you work from home. So whatever it is, like just
for a walk around your area. Maybe as part of your exercise routine you go for a run in the morning. That is usually one of the only ways that I get outside during the day, is if I went for a run that morning. But yeah, I very much know
how claustrophobic I can feel, but it only comes crashing down
on me at the end of the day. Like suddenly at the
end of the day I just, I kind of go a bit mad, and
I’m just like oh my god, I need to get outside. Even if I was like super productive and like had a really solid work day, if I hadn’t been outside,
I would just kind of feel a bit sad and low and just a bit gluggy. I know for me it’s
important to get outside and I kind of feel like it
would be for most people. Number six, this isn’t
something that I’ve always done, and I’ve kind of adopted a
new method of this recently, and it’s really working. And that is calendar blocking or like assigning time to tasks. And this is something that
you can do working at home or not, but just because
I feel like it’s easier to kind of fall off the
work and get distracted and procrastinate when
you’re working from home, I think it’s even more useful and valuable if you’re working from home. So the way that I used to do this was instead of just having
a big old to do list, my to do list was in my
calendar but it would be like an all day event, and so I
could see at the top of the day like all of the tasks
that I had to do that day. So I still kind of do
that, but what I now do is I’ll take those tasks and
assign an actual time for it, so it appears on my calendar
like it would an appointment of like you have to be here. So like for today, I’m
filming three videos today, so it’s like film this video, film this video, film this video. And that was like all just
blocked out in my calendar as if it was a meeting or something. The first week that I tried
that I noticed instantly that I was procrastinating
less because I would look at my calendar and my
calendar would be like, you’re supposed to be doing this. And I’d be like, oh
okay, I’ll do that then. It kind of gave me this
motivation of like, I need to stay on track
because I’ve got X, Y, Z to do. And it also helped me be more realistic about how long certain tasks take me. One of the especially
useful things of this method for me was that I used to
be really bad with email. Like I would just always
have my email tab open and then any time an email would come in and I would see like a one
go, like as an unread email, I would like immediately
stop whatever it was I was doing and check the email. And that was stupid, don’t do that, because it breaks up your workflow. And I would do this for years, and I was like why am I not
being really productive? And I would always just
be like, oh, email, oh an email, oh, oh. So now what I do is I’ll check my email and I’ll answer emails like
at two different points in the day and I can
block that in my calendar, if like for this hour you’re doing emails, and then at this hour you’re doing emails, and then when I’m not doing
emails I close that tab, and I don’t even think
about it, and like, no. I still obviously get back
to people in a timely manner, but I’m not doing that at
the expense of breaking up other tasks that I’m doing
and breaking up my focus. Anyways, so that was a
little email tangent, I love talking about emails. If anyone wants to talk about
emails, like let me know. Talk about emails in the comments. So yes, calendar blocking. I don’t do it for everything and everyday but like I’ve got a particularly busy week and I have my big to do list
of everything I have to do, I will then go and assign it to different days and different times. I think it helps me be more realistic of like what I can actually
achieve in a day as well. If you want to know more
about calendar blocking I would highly recommend
watching AmyTV on YouTube and she has a whole video
about calendar blocking, and I’ll link it in the description, and you should check it
out, and she’s great, and if you go and watch that
tell her that I sent you. And finally number seven, this
is a bit of a general one, but it’s probably the most important and will just help with
all of those other things. And that is know thyself. By know yourself, what I mean
is when do you work best? How do you work best? What tend to be the
things that distract you? Once you understand how you
work, and you understand the limitations to how you
work, then you can create an environment in which you will be your most productive and successful. When I was at university
I would use this software, which the name of I forget now, but you block certain websites. So I was trying to write an essay, trying to write my dissertation,
trying to do some research, and I would block Facebook,
I would block Twitter, I would block YouTube, and
then I started using LinkedIn, and I was like it’s fine,
I can be on LinkedIn, because it’s like professional and it will like help me with my career. But no, LinkedIn then just
became for me another thing that I got distracted by,
so I had to block LinkedIn. That’s how you know it’s bad. So yeah, if it’s blocking websites that’s the thing you have to do. If it is putting your
phone in a different room so you can’t even see it,
so you don’t even like think about it, you don’t acknowledge
that it’s there, do that. If you’re stuck on a
particular piece of work and you know going outside
and taking a walk will help with your creativity or
help work through a problem, or just forget about the
problem, then do that. If you are not a morning
person don’t beat yourself up about that and don’t like
try and force yourself to fit into this mould, like
there are so many videos out there that are like, my
5:00 a.m. morning routine, and I’m like good for you. But if you are someone
who wakes up about nine and then maybe starts work about 11 but finished work at like seven, 8:00 p.m. or whatever, like great, do that. Also if you’re working
from home and you like get all of your work done for the day and you haven’t done a full eight hours, great, good for you. Go and enjoy yourself. One of the amazing things
about working from home is that you are not
limited by office rules, says the girl who still wakes up at 7:30 and does like a 10 till six. But I know that that is what works for me. And it all comes back to my
first point of what is your why. So know yourself and why
are you doing what you do. What is it that’s important
to you, which, you know, is the reason behind why you
have to get the work done. I hope that some or any of these tips help you if you work from home. If you have any other
little nuggets of advice please do leave them in the comments, or we could just like
nerd out about emails in the comments as well. I’m totally down for that. Please give the video a
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100 thoughts on “How To Be Productive Working From Home | Hannah Witton”

  • For the going outside- I find it helps me to start my day by going outside, wake up, go outside, go back in and then start 🙂 then during the day, I use my times I need some water, I go to the kitchen, then take my water outside to drink it 🙂 A glass of water's time outside is enough to shake my brain up a bit 🙂

  • This was so useful. No one prepares you for the switch between working at school to home once you get to uni and I WISH I'd had someone to explain to me some tips on how to actually get shit done without someone there to kick you up the ass when you aren't working hard enough. Halfway through second year and I'm only just getting the hang of it!

  • Thank you Hannah! I've watched this in a study break which was perfect. I work as a therapist but I'm on a part-work part-study contract as I'm getting an advanced diploma, so weekends and term holidays are my study days, as 2 days per week I'm at uni and 3 days per week I'm seeing patients in clinic. Calendar blocking is something that used to work really well for me but now I'm doing 2 things part-time it's much more difficult. Also because things are taking longer than they used to last time I was studying because I don't have as much time for R&R and also I have a chronic illness (which was undiagnosed before). Shall definitely check out the video you recommended for calendar blocking. I think that will help me to re-learn how to do it to make it work for me now, versus how I used to do it then.

    100% agree that really important things are: keeping a regular work cycle, knowing when we are at our most productive, and taking regular breaks. I need to get better at using my breaks to go outside or exercise.

  • i always do calendar blocking for uni work but end up overrunning on every task. If I’m meant to spend 2 hours editing an essay, I can easily end up spending 4 hours doing that, and then the whole calendar blocking day is ruined ? anyone else like this? any tips?

  • Mary Kate Guma says:

    This video was amazing— thank you so much for making it! I am a student trying to write a thesis and I’m really excited to try these tips out! (Also, I looooove talking about email, but I am DEFINITELY guilty of giving the kind of disruptive and immediate response that you describe! It just makes me FEEL productive b/c then it looks to whomever I am responding to that I am super on top of my game, but overall, you’re totally right! It’s a productivity drag! What are the two times of day that you check? I was doing first thing in the a.m. and then just before bed for a while, but then I totally miss business hours! Advice on how to best establish healthy email habits would be much appreciated!)

  • …did you put that link to your pal in the description or am I being a total idiot ? calendar blocking sounds exactly what I need….

  • that-nerdy-hufflepuff says:

    I think this video might help to finally motivate me to change up my university work habits. I live at the other end of campus to my lectures/the library/my department building etc. but I still tend to go back to my room between lectures and at the weekend and "work" in my room rather than in the library. However, I am very aware that I get very easily distracted in my room, probably becasue it puts me in a "relaxing/sleeping/having fun" mindset. I have noticed that I am far more likely to end up watching hours of youtube in the middle of the day or scroll on my phone while my work sits abandoned if I work in my room, compared to if I borrow a library laptop and set up a work space at a desk in the library. I know this intellectually, and I know that I SHOULD be taking steps towards being more productive, but it helps to have someone else who isn't me say it too, to really drive the point home
    😀

  • Lisa Heidinger says:

    I tend to have an ongoing to-do list but I also write a "Ta-Da" list at the end of the day and list everything I did that day. It makes me feel like I have actually achieved something with my day.
    I also have some sort of reward like "Do x and y then make a cuppa and play 15 minutes of Fallout Shelter (my current addiction)"

  • this is completely unrelated to the video I'm sorry, but girl I need a hair styling/routine video!! u look fantastic

  • 0:37 Ariel…I think this would have worked better if you had let your greeting appear a little bit after Hannah's greeting to you.
    0:53 The device you're recording this video on is a camera, your viewers are not.
    2:02 Then I hope that you'll get well again soon…and it might be a good idea for us not to come too close, Ariel(!) 😉
    11:17 I don't see any of what you mentioned here in the video description.
    12:08 Can't you do that in the operating system itself?
    12:46 As far as putting your phone in a different room goes… Self-discipline

    I use Taskwarrior to keep track of my tasks. The one thing I love about that is the ability to let a task only appear if another task the earlier task depends on is done.

  • Kidnap your friend Lucy Evenden and tie her to a chair and make her watch this video over and over again until she understands it.

  • Fauler Perfektionist says:

    It's ideal for one to sleep all the way through the night, eight hours uninterrupted, in one go. I remember a time when it was the norm for me. Every morning, consistently, I would wake up just minutes before my alarm was set to go off. I would not wake up because something had disturbed me; I would wake up because I was done sleeping. Sleep did not pull at my eyelids. I was rested.
    I remember, I would lie there and just look around my darkened room. It wasn't boring. I was not vulnerable to boredom. I was completely rested.
    I miss this time. I was happier.
    Of course, it probably helped that, first, I was sleeping in a loft bed, and second, that my alarm clock let out a very loud, obnoxious alarm there was, surely, no chance of sleeping through, and was in a place I had to actually get out of bed to reach.

  • Fauler Perfektionist says:

    "Get dressed."
    Okay. I needed to hear this one. You're right. Comfortable clothes are a must, but there's comfort for work and there's comfort for sleep. These two acts require fundamentally incompatible mindsets.

  • Paula Rowińska says:

    After starting my PhD I quickly learned that "working" from home is a horrible idea for me. So now one can see me in the office almost every day. I need human contact!

  • I think the biggest problem I have is refreshing emails when you know something is due to be in ? My work is surrounded by deadlines and waiting for confirmations linger there ALL the time.

  • My new favorite app for my computer is Time Out (for Mac, but there's a bunch of similar apps for Windows/phones). It reminds me to take mini breaks so I don't get overfocused on computer stuff and stay sitting all day. I find that I don't wear out as quickly when I'm using it and don't feel super stiff at the end of the day. It also helps give my eyes a break from looking at the computer.

  • What you can also do to avoid procrastination or to arrange your calendar is to set deadlines for you tasks, and then you know quite easily what you have to do the next day, the day after etc. Even if you don't stick to it strictly, you will still organise your week in a better way.

    I also have my email tab always open (as well as discord…) but I'm receiving work continuously during the day and I have to apply for projects (or someone else will take them) so I can't leave the emails to the end of the day ^^

    I'm absolutely not a morning person, I usually work from 2pm to 8pm, 7 days a week. But as Hannah rightly says, it's just a matter of finding how YOU work! Very good tips, thanks Hannah!

  • Thankyou so much… Much needed tips nd motivation.. ?
    I quit my job recently and gave myself an ultimatum of 1 month to sit at home and update my resume, portfolio to apply for a new job… 1 month is over, have not even opened my laptop yet.. ?

  • I been using this app called blocksite to keep me off distracting apps, they also have a chrome extension which I use in tandem with it, makes it way easier to stay focused also helped me unaddict myself from social media

  • hannah, you are a superstar! email nerding: i like to put the little 'please consider the environment before printing this email' signature i saw everyone else at my workplace using 🙂

  • I love this video!!! Please more “how to be productive content” !! I picked up some of these tips after being at uni for 4 years but only after a few breakdowns did I realise how important it is to be kind to yourself when you do most of your work from home!! Can’t wait to try some of these!!

  • I really don't understand LinkedIn. What is there to do on that website? Kudos to you for finding ways to waste time there! That is an accomplishment (of sorts). <3

  • May or may not have been on likedin as you were talking… so one thing if you need to up date your subscribers because it says you only have 450k haha. Seriously though great video! I work from home a lot because I actually feel more productive than when I work in the office, and my fellow co-workers are so shocked by that. Honestly I feel like you hit the nail on the head with these, but my one additional tip is if someone does actually have a main office or a boss send an update email at the end of the day with the tasks you have worked on. Personally it helps me with accountability plus I know my boss loves it. Other wise you're amazing as always. Thank you for your content!

  • I have a rule on my emails where after 4pm each day an out of office reply turns on telling people that I respond to emails received after 4pm by 10am the next day. It's improved my productivity so much – especially toward the end of the day.

  • Charlotte Rose says:

    This is so so helpful, thank you! I do a philosophy degree so a lot of the studying is self-motivated and from home so this was really great ❤️

  • TheKleinmeisie says:

    Thanks for this Hannah! I'm currently juggling a day job with working from home on my own business and I'm really struggling to get the balance right. Some of these tips are beautifully simple and yet I had never thought of them!

  • These are phenomenal tips! My biggest advice is to use noise-cancelling headphones to keep from getting distracted!

  • Love this advice!! I'm in the middle of writing my undergrad dissertation and I've got into such a routine of working at the library and coming home to relax that it's become impossible to do any work here if I wanted to! But these are all great ideas, especially leaving your phone in the other room! Thanks for being your helpful self xx

  • This was super helpful Hannah, thank you!!
    Feel like I lie a lot to myself with stuff like "When I'm most relaxed I'm most focused" and "I actually focus better with quiet TV in the background" ??? So this has kinda kicked my butt into gear (thankfully) in time for my uni finals

  • What sort of building do you live in?

    I normally work in an office but could work from home a few days a week, but I don't. The key challenges I found when I try are screaming neighbours and the sheer number of times my door gets knocked. I live in a low rise block of flats and share a party wall with the block next door. Of the six flats in my block mine is the only one that doesn't have at least one adult home during at least part of the day. There is at any given moment from about 7:00 to 23:00 either a blazing row or someone screaming at their kid's. On top of that my door gets knocked about every 45-90 minutes by various people, usually delivery people or people looking for someone else in the block (because I'm in the first flat I think people think I must be the concierge),

    The office has it's distractions but at least management can see when it happens. I've tried the calendar blocking thing and when it works it works well. Unfortunately I'm often beholden to project managers who shift priorities and manage by crisis so it all falls apart.

  • Some of these tips are really helpful for uni students too!! Absolutely love the calendar blocking idea☺️ and the alarm system !

  • I love talking about email. At my workplace, I was part of a workgroup brainstorming about the use of email and the expectations of the organisation (delay of responding to emails, availability,..). We did a survey and one of the conclusions was that the vast majority of my collegues spent more time on email then they would like to. We created an email policy and some tips&tricks, for example checking mails in blocks, as you suggested; coding mails so you can quickly see if you are in the CC-box of the mail, which supposes you do not need to take any action; take an action for each email and keep your inbox clean; understanding when it is appropriate to sent an email and when it is better to make a call, stopping by,… It was very interesting and helpful 🙂

  • One good thing is to have a dog. Then you need to wake up and get dressed and you will get a good dose of fresh air before you start working.

  • I’m about to resit a module at uni and this is going to be so helpful to get back into the mindset of studying! ?

  • TheSingingPeople says:

    I'm doing my masters right now and I do a lot of these! I am only in class 6 hours a week and I don't work (and I'm living abroad in Brighton so I don't have my partner/family/regular social life) so a lot of my time is open for getting work done and even getting ahead on work. I don't have a separate room that is all mine to do work but I do have a desk so I only do work at my desk and then try to take breaks on my bed or elsewhere. I also like keeping a study tumblr to post pictures of my workspace and track progress. I feel more productive when random strangers online are validating my studying lol. And also my planner is my best friend. When I'm procrastinating I try to take purposeful breaks so I'm actively resting instead of just doing other things while feeling an undercurrent of anxiety about what I should be doing.

  • francadazwischen says:

    I try to block time for certain tasks, but I always underestimate, how much time I need to finish something. Any tips?

    Also, really enjoyed your video! I love talking about organisation and productivity way too much, it often keeps me from being productive. Whoops.

  • I’ve just started working from home and I’m struggling. My bf gets up for work about 6:30 and I used to get up with him but now we aren’t going to bed till 11, and not asleep till 12, and while that might be enough sleep for him, it’s not for me. It’s hard to get us into bed earlier as he doesn’t get home till 6 and we have things to do in the evening, on top of that it’s normal here to start dinner 9-10:30 so we eat late! I’m forcing my self to wake up at 9, then out of bed and have a shower at 9:30 but I think I should charge my phone in another room so I can’t just mindlessly scroll on Facebook/Instagram. I’m getting better at having set things to do each day, I set my laptop up on the table and take an hour for lunch where I watch ONE tv episode on Netflix while I eat my lunch. I just need to get a weekly schedule down. But in April and May I have family visiting, and in May- June I will be having my Spanish course every day so that’s a reason to get up and have more routine (I moved to Argentina for my loca bf, don’t speak Spanish, this why I work from home). I have some clients here but I have to go out to see them so that’s a good way to break up my day!

  • I would love to get an email from you LOL I bet it would be so professional and well written! Writing emails has honestly been a difficult part of joining the white collar work force for me because they don't have a course or anything for it in college. Obviously, I know that emails have to be professional and not sound like a text, but my boss has had to edit some of my emails before I've sent them because I get to nervous! One big tip she taught me was don't include too many questions or requests in emails (i.e. question marks can be overwhelming for readers so try to limit them as best you can). Honestly, do a video about emails and I will watch it 100%. I need any tips you can give me.

  • fairweatheronline says:

    Re: Emails. Fun fact, it takes 18 minutes to get re focused after being distracted by an email. However, in my job as a photographer emails have to be answered as they arrive, or else the client will quickly go elsewhere if an email is left unanswered even for 10 minutes.

  • hey, what if I'm most productive when I'm on a schedule (or something is due very soon), but there are things I have to do that don't have a clearly-defined due date? What systems can I put in place to actually do them, instead of just procrastinating? I've already tried adding them to my calendar at a certain time, but I always end up finding an excuse to delay working at it.

  • Clara Martínez Lázaro says:

    What keeps me distracted from my laptop (I study online) is housework. I just remember I should do laundry, or the washing up or empty a bloody cupboard and clean it… There's always something to be done at home and apparently I prioritise chores over studies. It's really hard for me to break from that!

  • Oh my God I needed this video. I'm a sexuality and disability educator in Philly and side note love all of your vids! I do consulting and work a full time educator job. I can choose to work from home or go into the office and when I work from home I fall into the netflix/Nintendo switch hole…. like often….. so your tips are gonna save me!

  • Okay- I LOVE emails. Like- whenever I get an email from someone that’s not a brand trying to sell me something, I get SO EXCITED

  • This is GREAT because being a stationery nerd means my boyfriend bought me a really cute planner for Valentine's Day (I chose, lol) and it's got all the times of the day on all the pages which is different from my current system. So this video has given me some ideas for how I'm gonna tweak my current system to work for my hella cute planner!!

  • I wish I could work from home just so I could get up later! I'm such a night owl and I'm so energised and productive after 3pm but my job demands that I start at 8am and I'm just no good for most of the time that I'm actually at work ?

  • Avory Faucette says:

    Yeahhh I've been working from home for 5 years and I only this year stopped working from my bed because my energy issues got so severe. I can't sit up at a desk all day, but I make it most of the day and then go do the last 1-2 hours from bed.

  • The Grumbling Gut says:

    Love this Hannah! I always find just uninstalling social media and switching off my phone helps as well 😀

  • Thabk you so much. This video actually made me think about how much I need to move from the place I currently live. I work from home but I live with roommates and the most silent and personal place I have to work to is my desk near my bed. Sometimes it can be hard to focus, and I surely forget to get outside…

    I also wonder how to you work when your partner has a different schedule? I have tried to be more flexible and work during rhe times he is at work so we can spend time together after but it sometimes means working hours I would normally use for something else…

    Also, do you plan your calendar daily, weekly or monthly? Thank you for the advice! (sorry for the long comment. I'm like YELP)

  • I do all of these things and they’ve worked for me. Some took me longer to implement over the years (like eating lunch and going outside) but now I can’t imagine NOT doing them.

  • Oh the irony of procrastinating by watching this video instead of actually doing any work…my tip would be to NOT open you tube until you've done some work ?

  • zharlynne xx says:

    A trick I found that motivates me to go through my work and not procrastinate is to set timers on my phone. For example, I’ll set a timer for an hour and focus on work, no distraction, see how much I can complete in the hour, and when the hour is over I take a 15 mins break. Lifesaver.

  • I know myself. Know what distracts me. Yet I do not know how to create an environment where I will be productive ? hence why I find myself watching a video on how to be productive…

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