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From Family Features
This year has taught many workers, entrepreneurs and retirees a thing or two about being productive when offices and homes blend into one. For those that run small businesses out of their home during retirement, it can be especially hard to remove the connection between work and home.
With a fresh new calendar laid out for 2021, consider these key products and processes to stay productive this year.
Find a system (and stick to it)
Creating an organizing system is an easy way to ensure your at-home workspace is ready for optimal productivity and creativity. Designate space to house all your work items – a drawer, cabinet or box – and keep work items organized by type (pens, paper, computer gear, etc.) At the end of each day, transitioning to “offline hours” can be easier when you have a place to stow your work items.
Start your day clean
Studies have shown cleanliness has a direct impact on productivity. Yet, many people struggle to find the time and energy to clean, especially at the end of a busy day at home. An option like The DEEBOT T8 from Ecovacs provides a hands-free cleaning experience, complete with the time-saving benefits of an all-in-one robot vacuum and floor mop, along with TrueDetect technology to avoid tangling in small objects.
Break up your day
With so many hours in front of a computer or television, days can get a little monotonous. Break up the day to make working or staying at home feel as “normal” as possible – shower in the morning, take a walk or drive to coffee, then make time for at least two breaks throughout the day. Some people have found success with the Pomodoro Technique, which is breaking your day up into 25-minute chunks of work, with 5-minute rest periods. If you continue to work or watch until you feel like taking a break, odds are you’ll overwork yourself until it’s too late to take the “big break” you had in mind.
Bookend your days with mindfulness
At the beginning and end of each day, do a 3 to 5-minute mindfulness mediation. Before signing on or settling in to work or your daily tasks, allow your mind to fully focus on the day’s tasks at-hand. Signoff by doing another meditation to end the day and let go of any worries or stresses you might have. Incorporating this tactic into your daily routine can help create a natural boundary from work and home while also restoring peace of mind.
Find more solutions to help maintain productivity at www.ecovacs.com/us/blog/Productivity-tips.