1. Do not multitask. In many cases, the obsession with multitasking is the bane of productivity, decreasing effectiveness by 40%. It is much better to prepare yourself and reduce the impact of distractions than multitasking. A great first step that will improve concentration is to turn off the notifications on your smartphone and your computer.
Manage your emails with filters and smart folders or create rules. It is better to separate and identify your junk mail so that you are not wasting time reading advertising emails or other unimportant mail.
2. Invest in setting up your office. If you are working from home, it is important to have a separate physical space or office to improve your productivity. I found Ikea as an excellent choice, being on a budget. A comfortable ergonomic chair for good posture, a large desk and a computer that will allow you to use two monitors. Minimalism is my preferred aesthetic as well as a fast Internet connection.
3. Cultivate a positive mood. A positive corporate culture leads to increased satisfaction and productivity of employees. If you work from home, it is important to create a positive and inspirational environment for your creativity and productivity. I use music as an effective way to neutralise outside noise. It is important to build your day based on small goals and achievements, do not forget to get out and run errands. It is important to exercise regularly and to have a social life to reduce stress.
4. Mandatory breaks. Sitting 8 to 10 hours in front of the desk without moving is not healthy or conducive to being a productive and effective designer. Try to move at least once in our, have a cup of copy glass were water. Read the news, do a Suduko puzzle or read your favourite book.