March 28, 2020
5 tips for working from home
As someone who has worked from home for several years now, I thought this post might be a little timely for those now working from home for the first time. I’ve learned what works (and doesn’t) for me, so I thought I would share a few tips with you all! Bare in mind everyone is completely different, and figuring out what works best for you might take some time and some tweaking. Remember to give yourself a bit of a grace period to adjust. No one is perfect at anything right off the bat!
- Make your bed. Seems trivial I know, but it starts your day off with a win. There’s also a ton of research to back this up. Just trust me on this one.
- Get dressed. Sure, PJs are pretty fun for a couple of days. But you’ll eventually start to feel bleh, and if you’re to be successful working from home, you can’t be feeling like that. Leggings work for me! Don’t be a savage and work in jeans. Just make sure you actually change once you get up. You can’t feel like a slob and be successful at the same time.
- Give yourself breaks. Something I really like to do is allot myself certain time periods to complete a task that is none-work related. Is the kitchen a mess? Give yourself 20 minutes to put dishes away, wipe down counters, etc. Are you looking outside to a beautiful day leaving you behind? Give yourself half an hour to go on a dog walk. Just hold yourself accountable to getting back to work once you’ve had your break! You’ll be more productive this way, rather than working half distracted for hours on end.
- On the flip side, set a timer and focus. Give yourself half an hour, 45 mins, an hour where you put the phone away, don’t check emails and motor through one major thing on your to-do list from start to finish.
- Have a list of tasks. Just keep it mixed. Rome didn’t get built in a day – you aren’t going to finish two weeks worth of work in a day either. I find it helps to mix in bigger and smaller tasks. You’ll feel motivated as you check them off, which will propel you through the bigger things.
I hope you find these tips helpful! Please let me know if you end up doing any (or all!) and if you feel they make a difference, I’d love to hear from you!