Hi hi friends! How have you all been? Hopefully staying sane and busy during this crazy time in our world, I know I am doing my best to keep productive. I’m finding little tips and tricks that I’m implementing into my daily routines that have been helping A TON with being home basically 24/7 now. I wanted to make this post in honor of everything that’s going on right now in our world regarding Coronavirus, it’s no secret that due to this, many have had to adjust to working from home. Some have even lost their jobs which is really unfortunate. With that being said, I wanted to make a post on how YOU can make the most of your days at home and it doesn’t have to be miserable or boring! You can actually get a lotttt done still, so let’s dive right in.
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Tip 1: Duplicate the same routine you had prior to working from home as CLOSELY as you can.
What do I mean by this? Well, assuming you just made the adjustment to now work from home, or maybe you have worked from home already for a while but struggle to remain productive.. it’s essential to have structure and a routine. If you recently used to get up and go to your office in the mornings, try to repeat this at home as much as you can. Meaning, continue waking up at 8:00 am, report to your home office by 8:30 am or whenever you usually got to work, take your lunch break as usual, stop work at the same time you normally would, and ensure that you WALK away from your work station to unplug for the evening.
Tip 2: Have a designated work space!
It is so so critical to productivity to have a WORK SPACE. I do not mean working on your bed, in fact, that’s not a good idea at all. I admit there’s been times I have done work from my bed, but I always find myself getting super sleepy! I prefer having a desk set up with my laptop, notebook and all my essentials. Sometimes, I’ll move around the house for a change of scenery as well.
Tip 3: Take BREAKS, don’t over work!
This can go both ways, working from home can make getting distracted and getting nothing done very tempting, but you can also lose track and end up OVER working. Both scenarios are not good! As you work from home, you take on a responsibility to monitor yourself and ensure that you are getting your work done in a timely manner. I try to take a mental note of the time every couple hours and make sure I step away for a bit after I’ve been looking at my computer for a bit too long.
Tip 4: Designate time for work and time for life / personal things.
I touched on this briefly on tip 1, however, it is such a crucial part of working from home if you want to maintain a healthy mindset. It’s important to set boundaries with yourself and with your employer / clients. For example, tell yourself and others that you will be working in your home office from 8 am to 4 pm, no interruptions unless you are on break. After 4 pm, you are unavailable to communicate with your employer or clients, this time is for YOU and for YOUR personal wellbeing! Stick to that.
Tip 5: Get outside every single day! Don’t keep yourself confined in your home all day.
Since I began working from home, I realized I had to really force myself and be EXTRA aware that I need to still go outside and get out once in a while. It’s so so easy to fall into a work from home routine where you just stay inside, all day, everyday. This is NOT good for your mindset, your health, anything. I make sure that I am getting at least 30 minutes a day of sunshine whether I walk my dog, go on a jog, sit outside on my patio. Find time each day to get outside, promise it makes a HUGE difference!
I really hope this helps whoever recently had a huge adjustment change to their routine is new to working from home, or for someone who just wants some extra tips on how to make their work from home routine more productive! What tip is your favorite?