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Many people dream of working from home. In fact, there are many perks such as having no morning commute, having more time to sleep in the mornings, being in the comfort of your own home and working at your own pace.
Although that all seems incredible, working from home comes with its challenges. Things like losing focus, battling your urge to watch Netflix, feeling isolated, or even overworking, are a daily struggle.
Without the routine of an office environment, it can be challenging to feel like you’re doing enough or to gauge when you’re doing too much. So the question is, how can you work from home while staying productive and sane?
Keep reading for tips on how to be productive at home
Start Your Day As If You Were Going to the Office
The idea people have of working for home is that you get to just lounge around in your pajamas all day while working from bed. Although you can do that, it’s not an effective way of setting yourself up for a successful day.
Productivity starts as soon as you wake up. Setting yourself up for work is just as important as the work itself.
Create a morning routine that helps you feel ready, alert, and productive. Shower, brush your teeth, get dressed, make your coffee, set your intentions by making a to-do list for the day ahead, and eat some breakfast.
Create a Dedicated Work Space
Working from home means that you get to set up your ideal workspace. In an office, you work with what you are given, but at home, you have free range on how you want to set up your space. Improving work from home setups is a proven way to keep yourself focused and motivated while working from your house.
Some people find that making their workspace aesthetically calming makes their work more pleasant. Adding candles, incense, soft lighting, some instrumental music, and houseplants can create a soothing environment to work from.
Find a place in your home that you can dedicate to work and work only. That way you can have a clear end to your workday when you leave that area. Getting off the bed or couch is crucial because if you work from the places you relax from it’ll be difficult to distinguish between time on and time off.
Creating a dedicated workspace also ensures that you will be far away from distractions. People will often procrastinate by de-cluttering, doing laundry, or general household chores and avoid doing work. Setting up a home office space with everything you need will keep you away from wandering around your house and getting distracted by other tasks.
Dress for the Job
Although working in sweats seems amazing, dressing too comfortably for your remote job can be an easy way to feel lazy and unmotivated. Dressing up in comfortable but professional clothing is a good psychological trick to make you feel more motivated.
Dressing up doesn’t only help with productivity, but it promotes mental health. Because working on your own with no co-workers can be an isolating experience, one can start to feel disconnected from the world.
Getting dressed for the day is a sure-fire way to keep up with our personal hygiene and confidence. Wearing professional clothes in the home is a way of keeping us grounded.
To Be Productive From Home, Take Frequent Breaks
Taking frequent breaks throughout your workday can actually encourage you to stay focused in the long run. If you’re feeling caged in, taking a quick walk around the block can help you get out of a rut and gives you a bit more energy.
Another tip is to set a timer to go off every hour as a reminder to do a quick stretch can help keep your circulation healthy and provide a much needed mental break to nurture your body and posture.
The brain has high activity for an hour and then goes back to having lower activity. One hour breaks throughout the workday keep productivity levels up and also helps you remain sane.
Keep a schedule
You are your own boss when working from home, meaning that you should keep a schedule for yourself and stick to it. In an office, your schedule is influenced by other people. If you work alone, that structure is shattered and it can be difficult to manage.
Write up a daily schedule for yourself that includes break times, meal times, and the hours you want to work.
Know When to Stop
It is easy to overwork yourself when working from home. It is difficult to know when to stop when you have no co-workers to have conversations with or your daily coffee break.
Knowing when to stop working can be difficult to gauge because you have access to your job 24/7. Burn out from a remote job is very common because you never leave or pack up your stuff to go home after a long day at the office.
A good habit to have is to stop working whenever you would typically stop working at an office job. Avoid going back to finish tasks later in the evening, set hours for yourself. Maintaining a work/life balance is still important even when working from home.
Enjoy Your Time off Work
Having a soothing activity to mark the end of your workday is a good way to relax and get some self-care in. Some things you can do to enjoy the other areas of your home include watching a good movie, making a meal, working out, or calling a friend.
As mentioned previously, working from home can be a freeing but isolating experience. It is important to reach out to friends, family, co-workers whether in person or on social media to feel connected to your community and the world around you.
Now that you know how to be productive at home, allow yourself the time to do things you enjoy and the freedom to craft your schedule for your individual needs.