Working from home is something that can take some time getting use to, and it’s definitely not for everyone. But, after working from home for the past two weeks, I thought I would put together a list of things that have helped me adapt and stay productive throughout the day.
I usually work out a couple days a week, but I think it’s especially important when working from home. Your workout can be something as simple as going for a long walk, or if you want to break a sweat, you can find some great workouts online. (If you need help finding some, Thyme is Honey has some great tips on how to find free workouts on Instagram).
Any time of day is great to get your body moving, but I’ve also noticed that working out in the morning really helps wake me up and gives me a boost of energy to help tackle the day.
Remember the phrase, “dress well, test well?” I’ve noticed the same applies for working from home. You’d be surprised what a pair of jeans and a dash of mascara will do for your productivity!
Have a set work station
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get into “work mode” if I’m lounging on the couch. Set up a work station for yourself so you can have everything you need ready to go and at your fingertips. This can be in an actual office, or a simple set up at your kitchen table. Whatever works for you and your space!
Enjoy a latte
One of my favorite things about working from home is that I get to enjoy breakfast and latte. Make yourself a hot breakfast, like eggs with toast or a hearty oatmeal, and wash it down with a homemade coffee or latte to start your day off right.
Set a schedule
Even though working from home has the perk of bering able to roll out of bed and walk to your computer at any time, I have found that setting a schedule is crucial for staying productive. Try keeping to your normal work schedule when at home and work the same hours you would at the office. For example, My office’s hours are from 8:30am-5pm, with a 1 hour lunch.
If you simply can’t keep to the same schedule when you’re at home, schedule chunks of time throughout the day to do certain tasks or answer emails. Whatever works for you to stay on top of your work!
Whether it’s running an errand or taking a walk around the block, try to get outside at least once a day. Even if you’re use to being stuck inside at an office all day, you’d be surprised how much getting outside for even 5-10 minutes can help you feel more energized and productive.
Complete a project around the house
You know you want to, so don’t pretend to work while you’re sitting there thinking about the laundry or cleaning the bathroom. Take a break, and go do it (it’s ok)! Trust me, your mind will be much more at ease and you will be less distracted afterwords.
Drink some water
Feel sluggish when you WFH? You’re probably dehydrated! I’m not the best at drinking enough water, but I’m a creature of habit, so when I’m not in the office I forget to do the things I normally would. Like getting up to get a drink after I grab something off the printer or bring a cup of tea with me to a meeting. Keep water next to you all day and remember to refill! Your body will thank you.
Working from home can be awesome, but it’s also pretty isolating at times. Make sure you’re staying social throughout the day and start a text chain with friends and co-workers (work related, or not)! Staying in touch with others can help you feel a little more connected to the outside world.
What are some things that help you stay productive at the home office?