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how to be productive when working from home

How to be productive while working from home We’re all spending more time in our homes. Some of us, myself included, had to bring
the office to our house and learn to share it with family members and even pets. Adapting to working from home without any
previous prep can be hard, especially when you lack the space and still haven’t grown
used to your new habits. I’m now readapting to the old routine I
followed when I worked from home last year and that previous experience is helping me
get back on track easily. So I decided to write down what I believe
to be 10 essential things to take into account if you want to be productive and organised
when working from home. Even more than in a regular office, I find
that a strict routine is essential when you’re working from home. You don’t have colleagues to keep you accountable
for your hours, habits and posture during the day, and you don’t have to rely on public
transportation schedules or the traffic to know when you should leave the house in the
morning. The lack of physical boundaries also makes
it especially hard to be able to switch between home and office mode and this is even worse
if you don’t have an actual home office separated from your bedroom or living room. There are 10 things you can take into account
that will be applicable to people in most situations and will help shape your overall
mindset and habits during this time. Tweak your morning routine to accommodate
this new way of working. Your lack of commute means more time to do
things. Try to understand what will be beneficial
to keep in the morning but consider shifting some of your old habits to turn into afternoon
or evening habits. You can now use this extra time to cook your
lunch in advance, clean your house, exercise or sleep an extra hour. Your pick. Your living area is now your working space
as well, so if you’re behind your cleaning routine, now’s the time to make it perfect. An untidy, unorganised environment generates
high levels of stress, reduces productivity and overall shifts your focus to the mess
instead of the work in front of you. Make this a top priority during your first
few days working at home. Make sure to start, pause and finish working
at the same time, every day, and, if possible, using the same routine you would in regular
office hours. As much as it is comfy to work in your PJ’s,
please don’t. After you finish your morning routine, change
into something extra comfy but make sure you picked an outfit that you wouldn’t fall
asleep wearing. Make a ritual out of setting up your workstation
in the morning and put everything away at the end of the day. This creates that illusion that there’s
a limit between your working hours and your free time. Prepping your lunch the night before or in
the morning also helps you stay in track during the day and avoid cooking meals from scratch
during your lunch break. All of the cooking and cleanup in the middle
of your day can be more stressful than relaxing so it’s important that you try to overcome
the tendency of fixing your meals during your break. If you have to take your dog outside during
the day, make sure to set a couple of alarms on your phone so you go at the same time every
single day. This way you won’t have to constantly worry
whether they need to go outside. I also recommend you to free more time in
the morning, before you start working, to play and do a bigger workout with your dog. Unless your dog it over-the-top high energy,
this will probably guarantee that he will feel calmer and sleepier during the first
part of your work day. If there’s someone else in your household
working from home and you’re sharing the same space, establish simple boundaries regarding
your working hours, working space and breaks. Are you going to take calls during the day,
listen to music out loud or bring hot drinks and food to the desk? Figure out beforehand what will make the other
person feel comfortable during these days, as it can be hard to adapt to work from home
while lacking the proper space and conditions. Make sure you take regular, hourly breaks
during the day. If you live in a small space, remember to
stretch frequently, open up the windows and let the fresh air in or even engage in super
quick five minute cleaning sessions just to move a little. Finally, don’t forget to drink plenty of
water during the day. Just keep a water bottle nearby and challenge
yourself to drink it until lunch break and then refill it at that time. And between working from home, managing a
business and trying to conciliate family life with some well-deserved self-care, it’s much
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learning watching today. I hope you enjoyed today’s video. Stay safe and I will see you next week. Bye guys!

Jean Kelley



  1. Admir Barucija Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I needed this video so much!! Online classes I’m not at all a fan of 🤍

  2. Walvis Forever Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    I love your videos they always motivate me to do more for school ❤️

  3. Belén Suárez Lovera Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Great Mariana . Greetings from Peru 🇵🇪

  4. K Mat Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I love these videos ♥️ keep up the good work haha!

  5. Matilde Sanches Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Obrigada Mariana 😘

  6. HoneyMaty Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Hi, I needed some motivation so much <3 all my university become a on-line classes only and I can´t study like that, isolated at home =(

  7. Afiqah Pilus Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Okay no pyjamas during the day. Got it! 💪🏽💪🏽

  8. KraftyScorpio Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    The no PJs rule is the hardest for me. 🙁

  9. Better PhD Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    I love the idea of not wearing pajama!!! Yes, it is comfy but it loosens your mind. I will create my new routine for working at home.

  10. squared24 Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    When you realise your normal day is called quarantine

  11. too many idiots Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    what's your laptop?

  12. Shuang Li Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I'm just looking for this🌸

  13. Giuseppe D'Ambrosi Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    What happened to your Mac?

  14. Sara Teixeira Posted on March 21, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Just what I need!

  15. Khamerin Edmond's Lifestyle Posted on March 21, 2020 at 6:08 pm


  16. Evson Junior Posted on March 21, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Very good! Tks.

  17. Wiktoria Kłusak Posted on March 21, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I’m happy I have some routines in place, so it’s not as hard for me to work and study at home on the one hand but on the other I somehow realised how much time I spend at home… when everything is normal again I will try to be more social and went out more. Actually I have now more contact with my friends/family (via phon/computer) so it’s somehow ironic

  18. Mel Nubia Posted on March 21, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve been baking and making delicious food. I’ve also been studying( I still have exams lol 🥴). Things happen for a reason. Take this time to restore your peace. 🥰❤️

  19. 5pecialist Posted on March 21, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    It always seemed like Mariana has been a student all these years, and spent most of her day at home 😅

  20. Kapil Bagul Posted on March 21, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Very useful video. Thank you!

  21. kthename08 Posted on March 21, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Working from home now, glad for this video!

  22. Joana Posted on March 21, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Obrigada, Mariana ^^ Adoro ver os teus videos!

  23. King Ali Posted on March 21, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for this video! I've personally gotten very lazy and unproductive since i've been in quarantine, I really needed this!

  24. Verónica is trying Posted on March 21, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    I wish I was disciplined enough to follow all these things 😔 It motivates me a lot when I watch these videos but I end up reminding myself of how lazy I am and I haye myself for that:(

  25. Valéria Serpa Posted on March 21, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for this video! I’m super stressed to start working online on Tuesday. I’m an English teacher and I’m so worried about the whole online teaching deal and how it could affect the quality of my lessons 😩

  26. Pilar G Posted on March 22, 2020 at 12:52 am

    Mariana, thanks for your video on these hard times. How is Portugal coping? Sending my best wishes from Mallorca. Abraços! ❤️

  27. john ortiz Posted on March 22, 2020 at 1:53 am

    What laptop model is that?

  28. Andrew Yonkie Posted on March 22, 2020 at 2:27 am

    No. 4 is so true. The temptation to slack off working at home in your PJs is too much.

  29. MargaridaM Posted on March 22, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Adoro os teus vídeos! Estes dias têm sido terríveis e uma pessoa acaba por perder a motivação para tudo, pelo menos para mim tem sido assim! Obrigada pelo vídeo 🥰

  30. Vignesh Vitsmeon Posted on March 22, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Work from home for me I am a civil engineer I can't bring a concrete to my home is not possible hahahhaha hahaha…..

  31. wang gin Posted on March 22, 2020 at 4:20 am

    last week is a very mess up for me because I have to stay at home and cook for myself. cooking takes me forever

  32. Sucy Wu Posted on March 22, 2020 at 4:25 am

    I love how short this video is–but still has efficient and quality information.

  33. Nea the Nerd Posted on March 22, 2020 at 5:16 am

    I am a teacher and teaching from home can be quite difficult. Staying connected with so many students and making sure they are understanding all concepts is a tough job. And I really need to stay in the right mindset so that I can help numerous students. Thank you for sharing this video with us. <3

  34. Zayn Ahmed Posted on March 22, 2020 at 5:39 am

    1st Step: Don't.

  35. tanvi shetty Posted on March 22, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Your videos are awesome , Mariana.

  36. RIZZI ISABELLA Posted on March 22, 2020 at 7:31 am

    The dog got me: OwO

  37. Joy Rowan Casey Posted on March 22, 2020 at 8:16 am

    I swear I did listen to the whole video but ohmygod your puppy is so cute

  38. Gurpreet Kaur Posted on March 22, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Thank you for these suggestions… 🙏

  39. Suren Gabrielyan Posted on March 22, 2020 at 8:56 am

    This is the app what I use to track my productivity, in case it can help 😉

  40. Darwin Cruz Posted on March 22, 2020 at 10:24 am

    You’re no longer using a Macbook?

  41. Arzu Posted on March 22, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Meal prepping is a great idea! I originally thought that now I’d have time to cook but doing 2 healthy meals from scratch every day has been taking up soooo much time for me. I was thinking about cutting all veggies beforehand but I’ll have to figure out which veggies might get dry if I do it too early in advance.
    I also loooved the fact that you said we can do with the extra hour in the morning whatever we want eg sleep. It’s refreshing to see a lifestyle blogger not be judgmental about not always keeping a strict sleep schedule
    Thank you for the great video 🤗💕💕

  42. Zahrt Albstan Posted on March 22, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    I love you so much can you translate your videos in arbic because I am arbic

  43. Helena Posted on March 22, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    What headphones do you own?