Six Tips for Working From Home
Working from home comes with its own unique set of challenges, not to mention a ton of potential distractions! Here are six tips to make the most of your #WFH routine.
1. Create a realistic routine
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you also need to get three loads of laundry done, take the car to get an oil change, and do the grocery shopping! Assign a time of day to do a couple chores or run a few errands and save the rest for your days off.
2. Get dressed (head to toe!)
As awesome as working from the couch in your favorite sweats sounds (and is), it’s just not conducive to a productive workday. Get up and get dressed in something that’s comfortable but not too comfortable. And don’t forget your shoes! Wearing shoes signals your brain that it’s time to get going and get things done.
3. Take scheduled breaks
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re in “the zone”. But taking regular breaks to stretch, snack, and get some fresh air are a great way to keep your brain fresh and your body energized.
4. Outfit your workspace
Having a designated workspace is crucial. If you don’t have space for an office, choose an area in your home (like your kitchen island or dining room table) to convert into a desk during the day.
Some great additions to your WFH space:
- Notepad or notebook for jotting down those brilliant ideas
- Water to keep you hydrated and coffee or tea to keep you energized
- Noise-cancelling headphones for drowning out environmental noise (create a workflow playlist if music helps you focus!)
And don’t forget to keep your area neat and tidy! Not only will it help you be more productive, but it will make for a better background for video conferences.
5. Achieve your top 3
Sometimes it can be hard to determine if you’ve had a productive day so try choosing three things that you know you can get done. If a task seems too big to achieve in one day, break it down into smaller, more realistic action items. Consider using a pen and paper for your to do list; it’s so satisfying to cross those suckers off!
6. Know when to quit!
Have you ever looked up from your laptop to realize it’s dark outside? Working from home doesn’t automatically mean you have a healthy work-life balance, so set a time for work to be done and stick to it. Whatever you didn’t finish today will still be there tomorrow!