We all have habits that drive our lives.
Some help us work more productively and some distract us from the tasks at hand.
The right rituals can act as a road map, helping you stay focused and keeping you on track throughout your day and stay productive.
By adopting these five daily rituals, you will enable yourself to stay hyper-focused and productive while working remote.
1. Consistent bedtime and wake-up times
Your sleep routine is one the most important rituals you can establish and will set the tone for a productive and energetic workday.
Whether you wake up at 5am, 6am, or 10am establish consistency in the times that you wake up and go to sleep.
If you can establish your internal clock and develop a solid rhythm you will function better during the day and will stay focussed on critical tasks for longer periods of time.
2. Do the Big Tasks First
Start your day with the biggest and most dreaded task that you have.
Accomplish this big task first and the rest of your day will be easy in comparison.
You will find that if you prioritize your to-do list with your most difficult and important accomplishments you will feel like the day has been a success even though some of your smaller to-do’s didn’t get done.
3. Cut Down On Distractions
Distractions are your worst enemy and oftentimes the environment you work in plays a big part in diverting your attention.
Sound, light and the floor plan of your room can often distract you from the task at hand.
Notifications on your computer can also shift your focus and you will find yourself spending the entire day multitasking.
Turn off as many notifications as you can and design your environment to keep you on task.
4. Take More Breaks ‘The Pomodoro Technique’
Our brains are capable of only focusing on one task for a short period of time.
The Pomodoro Technique is an old productivity tool that allows you to focus for extended periods of time but also gives your brain a break.
Set a timer to 25 minutes and knock off those items until the timer rings.
After you finish, take a five-minute break and repeat the cycle four times.
After the fourth cycle, take a 15- to 30-minute break and start over.
This hyper focussing technique will make you more productive even though you have increased the number of times you take a break.
5. Reflect on The Day and Prepare for Tomorrow
At the end of each day take a few minutes to ask yourself how the day went and document your thoughts in your journal.
- Did you accomplish everything you set out to do?
- What did you do well today?
- What mistakes were made?
Then take a couple more minutes and write down what your goals are for the following day.
Be clear about the tasks that must get done and which ones are necessary but are not your highest priority.
Having a short list of essential tasks to do in the day provides us with a reminder to stay on course.
6. Simplify by Learning to Say No
The most productive people have mastered the ability to simplify their lives by learning to say no.
If something comes up that doesn’t provide value they simply walk away and are not afraid to be firm about what they are willing to devote time to.
Understand what brings you value and protect your time vehemently.
As more and more of us find ourselves working remotely, especially from home, it is easy to get distracted and lose sight of the important things that make our day feel successful.
Developing a set of rituals that we can fall back to consistently, ground us and allow us to focus on the key tasks that need to get done, not just the small tasks that seem like they continue to fill up our to-do list.