Stay productive with tips from these Western business professionals.
Are you a desk dweller whose office has recently been moved to the couch? We asked Western industry movers and shakers how they stay productive from anywhere. Read on for practical tips to keep your productivity high at home.
"Get in your zone! Make sure your computer is plugged in, get something to drink, have your phone nearby, and have some noise whatever it may be humming in the background to cover up the silence or your kids making noise. When you’ve got everything near you, it minimizes you having to get up and get distracted. I work really well with old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy playing in the background because I’ve seen them hundreds of times!" - Katie Lynn Armstrong - Public Relations Manager, American Hat Company
"Self motivation is key! Listen to music that puts you in an upbeat mood and have a list of what you need to get accomplished for each day that week. If your work on a laptop or mobile device and it’s a nice day, grab a glass of tea and go do your work out on the porch if you can. If you’re working inside, let as much natural light inside as you can." - Cholla Terry - Owner, Cholla's Turquoise
"Allot time for breaks throughout the day and stick to a strict schedule with them. It’s easy to get distracted working from home, and a simple 5 minute activity or project can escalate into an hour long deal if you let it. Set a timer to remind yourself to go back to work." - Shaley Ham - Founder, West Desperado
"Be flexible...get dressed and throw on some mascara. Listen to a motivational podcast to get your day going as well." - Brooklyn McIntosh - Co-Founder, Warbonnet Hat Works
"Figure out when during the day you’re most productive and knock out your work at that time. I’m a morning person, so I do the majority of my work in the mornings, but I know a lot of others use the morning for personal stuff and work better in the evenings." - Meghan Gates - Co-Founder, Good Handle Tees
"Designate a place in your home for work and work only. Depending on the availability of space in your home, it could be an entire room, a repurposed closet or just a corner in your bedroom. Set that space up to be clutter free and inspiring for the job at hand. Knowing you are in your designated work space will help train your brain to know, this is where we work. Conversely, if possible, don’t work from your kitchen table or bed. It’s far too easy to get distracted and spend the day busy but not having accomplished the tasks you really needed to check off your work list." - Thea Larsen - Hostess, The Cowgirl Diaries, Women in Western
"[On social media] post at minimum once more than normal & no less than 15 stories a day. Run interactive posts in your stories & share your personal life to let people see how you’re handling quarantine too! Make an avid attempt not to panic and stress and still be grateful for what transactions you do have even when they’re smaller." - Tabitha Story - Owner, Two Forty Four Boutique