Tips for how to be productive during a crisis or for anytime you’re stuck at home.
Hands up if you love having time off!
Not only is it a great way to relax and recharge, but it’s also a great time to get organized.
But, you definitely have to figure out the balance between taking care of yourself and taking care of the to-do list. Luckily you CAN stay productive during a staycation (without burning out) by following some easy tips.
6 Ways to Stay Productive During a Staycation (or Time Off at Home)
1. Start your time off by decompressing
You likely have time off for a reason. You probably need a break!
(Even if it wasn’t planned, you still probably need a break!)
So start things off on the right foot and take one.
Plan to spend the first few hours (or maybe full day depending on how much time you have) decompressing. Watch Netflix. Lounge around. You do you.
If you want to be productive with the time you have to recharge, take some time to slow the pace.
Just be sure to set a reasonable limit on your lounging. Pick a time you’ll get back on track and move on to set your goals.
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2. Have realistic expectations (and set realistic goals)
Once you’ve had some time to decompress, plan out your goals for your time off.
While you likely have a whole mental list of what needs doing, it might be a good idea to plan it out after you’ve given yourself a little break.
This way you’ll be in a better head space and better able to (realistically) figure out what can and can’t be done in the time you have.
If you’re like me, you’ll probably be tempted to jam pack every minute with cleaning up this drawer and going to that activity.
But you need to be realistic.
Yes, you need to get things done.
But you also need to take care of yourself.
If you try to do it all you’ll likely end up frustrated and exhausted which will dampen your productivity anyway.
So write down your main goals (and figure out how and when you’ll work toward them) and adopt the attitude of “it’ll happen if it happens” for everything else.
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3. Set a positive tone in the morning
How you start your day impacts how your day goes.
When you’re at home for some R&R it can be easy to roll out of bed and onto the couch (hello, Netflix binge). But this does not set you up for productivity (unless of course it’s part of your planned decompression time).
So get up and get going in the morning.
Exercise, shower, meditate, eat a good breaky….you get it.
Just do what you need to do to feel like you’re ready to take on the day.
I’ve found that saving my TV time for later in the day makes a huge impact on how my day goes. By not allowing myself the option of turning on the tube until 4pm or later, I find my productivity increases greatly. If I’m not watching TV it’s rare that I sit around not doing anything.
4. Clean up after yourself
The longer you’re at home, the more you’ll realize just how messy you can be.
When you’re in and out of the house with your busy schedule it can be a bit easier to stay on top of the housework.
But, when you’re cooking every single meal and doing most of your activities at home, you make a lot of messes.
Cleaning up after yourself as you go (dishes, living spaces, craft stuff…) will help you feel better in your space. And, it will help you focus your productivity on your list of goals.
5. Move around
Technically you can be productive even if you sit on your butt all day.
Typing on the computer, working at your craft table or organizing stuff from your chair can all help you get ahead on your list.
But, if you really want to feel good and set yourself up for the most productivity, make sure you’re moving around.
Get up and go for a walk. Work in your yard. Or have an impromptu dance party.
Your body needs movement. And when you take care of your body, you’re priming yourself to be productive!
6. Give yourself credit
Why is it that we rarely give ourselves the credit we deserve?
I know I often struggle with negative self-talk.
And even on the days I’ve done my best (and accomplished the most) I often shrug it off with a “could have done better.”
But that doesn’t work.
You (and I) need to give credit where credit is due. Recognize how much you’ve accomplished throughout the day.
Even if you’re not “doing” as much as you’d like, consider how you’re working on bettering your mood or eliminating your stress.
Tell yourself good job!
If it helps, consider how you’d talk to a close friend or loved one in the same situation. What would you tell them given their efforts?
Say those nice things to yourself!!
Because, positivity works.
I know when I’m positive I get a whole lot more done (while feeling great too) than when I sit and marinate in my negativity.
With planning and balance you can be productive on staycation.
Aim for progress, not perfection, and you can greatly improve your productivity at home. Just remember to take care of yourself and plan for success.
Is there anything you do to keep yourself motivated during a staycation (or time off at home)?
Let us know in the comments below.