5 tips I have learned from working from home that have helped me stay on track and be productive!
One, let’s start off by saying have grace with yourself that not everyday will be as focused or as on as the last, but you’re human, and tomorrow is a new day!
- Time Block
- Designated Space for Work
- Take Breaks
- Inspiring Ambience
- Get Ready for Your Day
- Time Blocking;
Time blocking has been my saving grace since working from home and I’ll be completely honest, like what I mentioned above, is that some days are better than others! However, I think if you have the capability in your day to figure out when you’re most inspired or focused and able to work best…to plan your day around that! Finding the priorities in your life and working to fit that stuff in first and foremost, and then planning the rest of your day around it has helped me a lot! For example; doing my business, having time for my relationship with Ryan and Rin, and focusing on my health and working out, are some of the top priorities in my every day life! I find that I usually work best in the morning, so I try to work in the morning! I also time-block my days while I’m working…setting different times to have intentional focus on exactly what I need to get done helps me have breaks and avoid mental capacity overloaded. It helps me from feeling burnt out, because I then can step away after I’ve done my different time blocking during my work focus and go change out the laundry, go sit and have a fizz with Rin or take him for a walk and not feel guilty, because it’s mapped into my day allowing me to have breaks and productivity without getting distracted by everything else going on in my life and in my house.
2. Have A Designated Spot To Work At;
I know not everyone has the ability to have an entire room set aside for their workspace, and up until we moved into this house at the end of January, neither did I. I just created a space by carving out and moving things around in our one bedroom very small 600 ft.² apartment to have a space that was mine. Without it, I felt like all my day was muddled together, the difference between letting loose on the couch, laying in bed, and working we’re all blending together. So invest in a small inexpensive desk and chair that you love from Hobby Lobby/ HomeGoods/ Amazon or Target, and find a place to put that in your bedroom or in your living space. Now you must know that when you’re sitting down at that spot, that means you are in “your office”, as well when you get up you now have that sort of escape out of it, so having that assigned space allows me to feel focused & the zone.
3. Take Breaks;
I kind of mentioned this one already in my time blocking tip which is definitely my most important and effective tip, but making sure that you don’t feel like you have to overwork yourself just because you are working from home, just know that there are many breaks in conversations and things that would happen in an office setting that don’t happen at home. Do not get me wrong, it is way easier in my personal opinion, to get distracted at home because you have so many other things going on in your mind and distractions around you. However, by putting in breaks to have some lunch, or do house chores, go do errands, get a workout in etc. it is going to allow for you to be fully in the moment that you have planned with work…knowing that your break is coming and that you don’t have to fry your brain for 56 hours straight; but like I said make sure you are being really intentional and productive with the time that you have allotted.
4. Create An Inspiring Ambience;
Ambience for productivity and working from home has been super helpful for me! I am a huge fan of vision boards, and making sure that I can see that every day while I’m working inspires me and reminds me why I am working every day…therefore I really encourage that you put it one or around your desk area that you have created for yourself. I also love decorating my space and always light a candle when I sit down to work, call me crazy, but the great smell and decor around me with a cozy blanket and comfortable chair (make sure you get a comfortable chair not one that hurt your back because then you’ll dry getting into it allows for you to feel like you’re ready to sit down) makes sitting down to work enjoyable. The environment is everything for me, oh and I also love putting on Christian or instrumental jazz music to comfort me, and allows me to have a clear mental headspace while I’m working.
5. Get Ready For Your Day
“Dress Well, Test Well”, that is the saying anyways right 😉 Last but not least tip, this is not something that I always do and by no means do you have to practice it every single day…but if you are working from home and it requires you to be on zoom meetings or to take content, getting yourself ready is helpful! Also, getting ready doesn’t have to mean full hair and make up, but getting yourself presentable in a semi-cute comfy outfit (beautiful thing now is that there’s so many sweatpants outfits are cute but still comfortable and practical) will allow you to feel more work and go mode. I swear when you do your skin care routine, and even fix up and brush your hair through LOL, it allows you to feel more productive and like you are getting yourself ready to go work. You’re going to be more motivated to do other things, maybe post some photos or get on zoom and work with some other friends, whatever your situation looks like for your workspace, but I have found that this helps me to feel more productive and more professional in my work setting from home
All of the steps are things that I have learned working from home the past few years, and like I said just practice and figure out what time works best for you to really really focus in on what needs to get done that day/week. The time blocking aspect allows me to focus on my priorities, be productive, and get things that I need to get done in every avenue of my life including my workspace!
Let me know if these tips are helpful for you, and I if you have any awesome tips I would love to hear them as well!
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