5 Ways To Stay Productive At Home

          It’s been a tough second semester. Our college experience has been cut short, and most of us find ourselves back at home for the rest of the year. Sheltering-in-place and social distancing are important, but make for a hard transition. Being stuck in a house with parents, siblings and pets can be super distracting. With no library or Starbucks to escape to, getting work done takes extra effort. Although being productive in this situation may seem difficult, it’s not impossible! 

Here are 5 easy ways to get yourself back on track: 


1. Set a schedule 

Establishing a structured schedule can help you stay on top of all of your schoolwork and tasks. Take a few minutes out of each day to jot down a rough list of what needs to be done. Doing this can make your days feel a little more regular, and can help with productivity. Although this may seem meaningless, making a simple list can help you feel more motivated and accomplished. Getting to check items off of your list is also super satisfying! 


2. Get ready for your day 

Although chances are you won’t (and shouldn’t) be seeing anyone other than family, getting ready for your day can help you feel more productive. Staying in your pajamas 24/7 may seem tempting, but getting dressed can help with your motivation. In times like these, pampering and taking care of yourself is essential. The power of wearing a little makeup and a cute outfit can be surprising. Feeling good about yourself can provide a much needed boost to get your day going. 


3. Create a work space 

Many of us are used to separating work and play, but this line becomes blurred when we’re forced to stay in our homes. Doing work in your bed can make it difficult to be productive. If possible, try and carve out a little work space of your own that’s distraction-free. This is helpful if you often find yourself struggling to concentrate in other areas of your home. If you have a designated area where you can get everything done, it creates a more focused atmosphere. 


4. Go outside

Although many of us are required to shelter-in-place, that doesn’t mean you can’t venture outside. If things start to get a bit stressful or overwhelming, take a break. Leave the house and get some fresh air to clear your mind. Taking a walk in your neighborhood can help relieve some of the stress that may be bottling up. 


5. Don’t be too hard on yourself

This is an extremely stressful and difficult time for many of us. It’s okay to give yourself time to navigate this confusing change in your life. Don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself. Understand that it may take a little bit of time before you’re completely adjusted to this new change. It’s okay to be sad about not seeing your friends and having your favorite events cancelled. However, it’s also important to remember that this is temporary. Although it may not seem like it, things will get better.