With many people switching from office life to working from home (WFH), I wanted to share some tips for working from home! I’ve worked at home for a bit of time now and I’m sharing what has been most effective in keeping me productive.
1. Create a designated work space in your home. It’s important to have consistency in your work routine even though you’re working from home. Make your desk space a happy place to be by adding some decorations such as an uplifting quote, a candle, and more!
2. Work your normal hours. It can be tempting to put off tasks and say you will accomplish them later in the day. However, then later in the day, you will likely find yourself not wanting to do them. Having worked from home myself, I recommend getting your most important tasks done as early in the day as possible.
3. Use a planner to stay on task. I use my Erin Condren LifePlanner for long-term plans and On-the-Go Folio for daily to-do lists! Since it’s satisfying to check tasks off your to-do lists, this will help you stay motivated.
4. Place your work space away from the kitchen. When working from home, it can be tempting to snack all day long. This is especially true if you work near the kitchen. Therefore, I recommend working in another room or another floor of your house if your house has multiple floors.
5. Go out on a walk or run. It’s important to set aside time to regroup and get some fresh air. Taking 30 minutes to an hour to get outside will do wonders.
6. Pick up a pair of blue light blocking glasses. This has been a game changer for me the past few months. It has significantly reduced my eye strain and headaches from looking at my laptop and phone all day.
7. Put your phone away. Unless you absolutely need your phone to help you accomplish work-related tasks, put your phone in the other room. With working from home, it’s tempting to continuously check your phone since nobody is watching you. However, this will kill your productivity. If you put your phone away, you will get your work done much faster and potentially even ahead of time.
8. Get up and get ready. I feel so much better about myself and feel much more productive when I do my hair and makeup in the morning and put on a cute outfit.
9. Take 5 minute breaks every hour. If you’re struggling with motivation, give yourself a 5 minute break at the end of each hour as something to look forward to and to motivate you to accomplish your tasks.
Thanks for reading! I hope these tips for working from home were helpful. For more tips, check out my post on 8 Things to Do While Social Distancing.