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    14 Apr 2020

    18 Things That Will Help Boost Your Productivity Levels At Home

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    If you're anything like me, working from home has completely thrown you off your productivity game.

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    Working in the same space where I kick up my feet and binge-watch Kim's Convenience is surprisingly challenging.

    Here are some things that might help you stick to your goals, when all you feel like doing is sitting in front of your TV eating snacks.

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    1. This 60-day high performance planner because right now, it's hard to keep your productivity in check.

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    This 60-day journal has blank dates, so you can actually start using it at any point in the year. It features daily goal boxes, evening scorecards, weekly habit assessments and everything else you need to become a boss.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $27.35.

    2. Or, if you're really keen on keeping your productivity on a high, a full year's worth of planners in different colours, so you can keep track of your performance.

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    This pack comes with six planners — which is equal to an entire year's worth of daily goal pages, evening scorecards, weekly habit assessments, monthly project planning and life balance sheets. It not only focuses on getting your career goals done, but also your overall happiness and work-life balance.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $74.80.

    3. This time marked water bottle, because water breaks are just as important at home as they are in the office.

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    One of the first things I noticed while working from home was the lack of water I'd been drinking. This one-litre water bottle indicates times throughout the day, so that you can turn drinking water into a habit. The bottle also tells you why you should be drinking water — which will hopefully guilt you into prioritising hydration.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.09.

    4. This Echo Show 5, which is an alarm clock and an all-round personal assistant, so you can multitask and get things done faster with minimal effort.

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    Will this Echo Show replace all your co-workers during your new WFH sitch? Yes. You can use it to find out what the weather's like, what time it is in a foreign country, or hear what's going on around the world — so that you'll be reaching a new level of multitasking and productivity while simultaneously having someone — albeit a robot — to talk to. You can also use this baby for all your virtual dinner dates, work meetings and other video calls.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $99.

    5. This magnetic weekly meal planner, so you know exactly what you need to get from the grocery store each week to minimise your exposure to all the chaotic energy.

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    Figuring out what to eat when takeout isn't as much of a viable option anymore can be difficult and repetitive. This meal planner can be stuck to your fridge, so that you can check and make sure you have all the ingredients ready for you to get cooking. It also comes in a pack of three, which gives you 156 weekly sheets in total.

    Buy a three pack from Amazon Australia for $11.67.

    6. This six-minute diary, that will allow you to focus on mindfulness if you're feeling a little out of your head with everything that's going on.

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    This journal encourages you to change your habits in order to achieve happiness, mindfulness and productive thinking. It's based on the mantra that just six minutes out of your day is enough time to assess where you're at and what you need to improve. It includes monthly check-in pages, habit trackers and weekly notes for your own thoughts and ideas, while giving you the information about positive psychology, self-reflection and changing habits.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.90.

    7. This sound machine that encourages the perfect sleeping, working or meditating environment.

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    This sound machine has 20 unique sounds that don’t loop. There’s also a sleep timer, so you don’t have to worry about it running all night.

    Promising review: "Light sleeper, apartment dweller: This sound machine literally changed my life. I moved into an apartment for the first time in my life one year ago and hearing my neighbours move around at night used to make me so anxious. This little machine blurs it all out! I CANNOT sleep without it now, it's the best purchase I have ever made and I would seriously recommend any light sleepers purchase it. My partner now loves it too."

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $79.95.

    8. This desk calendar, so that you can plan your day and watch your progress as you go.

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    This desk organiser has a gorgeous floral design and lets you see your entire month at a glance. That way, you know what's coming up and what needs to be completed. And let me tell you, the act of ripping a week out as you begin a new one is borderline orgasmic.

    Promising Review: "I've always been an incredibly disorganised person, but since using a desk calendar to map out my weeks, I have been productive as heck. When I started working from home, I wondered why it felt like I was all over the place. Then I remembered that I left this baby at work. After ordering a new one, I'm finally back on schedule."

    Hameda Nafiz

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.99.

    9. This pack of reusable meal prep containers, which will keep you from spending half an hour in the kitchen, wondering what to make for lunch.

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    It's equally important to prep your meals when you're at home as it is when you're out and about. These containers are stackable for easy storing. Plus, they're microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. These ones are in a bento style, so you can keep your sauces and food separate, which will make them extra fresh when you dig in during your next meal.

    Buy a pack of 15 from Amazon Australia for $22.99.

    10. This wake-up light alarm clock to gently awaken you from your slumber each morning.

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    Though a lot of us don't have to wake up as early as usual, it's important to stick to a routine, and this includes waking up earlier than three minutes before you need to log on. This alarm clock simulates the sunrise and gradually gets brighter during a 30 minute period before your actual alarm goes off, so that by the time it does, you’re ready to hop out of bed.

    You can choose natural sounds for you to wake up to, like birds singing, ocean waves, a steady stream, beeping, wind bells, soft music, piano music or FM radio if you'd prefer some bangers to start your day.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $48.83.

    11. This skull shaped desk organiser, which is an elegant way to show off your gothic energy while keeping all your stationery sorted for your work day.

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    If you're worried about your home decor being contaminated with office equipment, think again because there are some gorgeous desk organisers out there. Check out this one, which perfectly aligns with my ~queen of darkness~ aesthetic.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $71.

    12. This laptop table that can be used either as a temporary standing desk, or as a way to prevent your laptop from overheating while you're binge-watching in bed.

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    This laptop table has adjustable table legs and has five levels of adjustment, so you can choose which angle to binge-watch The Stranger on.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $41.99.

    13. These Sound PEATS wireless earbuds, which are perfect for taking morning meetings while tidying up.

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    These earbuds run for four hours per charge and have smart touch technology, so you can control your tunes and answer calls without reaching for your phone, all without having to hear your housemates having their own meetings.

    Promising review: "I've been dragging my heels to make the move to wireless earbuds — I thought for sure I'd lose one and that having to charge them would be a massive inconvenience. My husband bought these as a gift and now I love the convenience of not having to hold my phone when out and about, should I want to listen to my music. Their holder has magnetic properties, so when charging or just being stored, you don't have to worry about the earbuds falling out and getting lost."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy now for $40.99 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This bullet journal that gives you the flexibility to record and track your goals however you like.

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    This notebook has a dot grid feature, so you can easily map out to-do lists, personal goals and anything else you need. It'll also keep your creativity free flowing. If you want some bullet journaling ideas, we have a tutorial here!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.99.

    15. Plus, include these dual brush pens, so that you can create aesthetic planners in your bullet journal that will make you want to fulfil them.

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    I can't be the only one who's watched those satisfying brush calligraphy videos and thought, "I could do that". Well, now is the time to put yourself to the test. This set includes nine vibrant coloured brush pens and one watercolour pen that you can use for painting and calligraphy.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.40.

    16. Or, if you want to take it a step further, this stencil set that's guaranteed to have your journal looking gorgeous.

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    This 20-piece stencil set is made with eco-friendly materials and are able to be cleaned, so you don't have to worry if you get ink on them. They're also the perfect size for your journal, making them super easy to use.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $12.99.

    17. This magnetic dry erase calendar that you can keep on your fridge, so that you won't miss a single deadline, even when you've forgotten what day it is.

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    This calendar comes with a magnetic shopping list, three markers and one eraser, so you'll have everything you need to get your life organised.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.99.

    18. And finally, this LIFX Smart LED bulb, so you can set up customised mood lighting for different phases — which is especially helpful now that your entire day is spent in one place.

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    Promising review: "LIFX lighting is the best purchase I've ever made – both for myself and as gifts for all my friends. Not only can you easily create really fun environments with lighting (party mode, relaxing mode, movie night mode), but it's also really good for things such as sleep hygiene. At 9 p.m. I turn on orange/red lighting and my body knows it's time to wind down and it's much easier to fall asleep. It's perfect if you need to switch your brain to work mode as well. There's a sleep timer, fun effects and a setting that makes the lighting react to the music you're playing! It's so easy to use and honestly it makes being at home so much more of a VIBE."

    Sohan Judge

    Buy for $88 from Amazon Australia.

    Me, finally starting to meeting my deadlines again with some help from my new friends.

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