5 tips on how to work from home without going completely stir-crazy
Suddenly working from home? Here’s 5 tips to keep you productive and not totally stir-crazy.
Having worked from home for the past two years, I know the ups and downs that can come with the territory. A lot of people are finding themselves suddenly thrust into this situation, with little time to prepare for it – so I compiled my top tips that make working from home that much more enjoyable.
1. Create a morning routine
When I first started working from home, I initially was in the mindset of “I no longer have to commute so now I can sleep later and get started right when I wake up!” The problem with this was, I hadn’t had any real time to wake up and prepare for the day, and would find myself glued to the computer for hours until I would suddenly blearily look up and realize it was nearly lunchtime and I was still in my pajamas.
The best thing I did for myself was create a morning routine that would help me wake up slowly and ease into the day. What this looks like for me: a 5-10 minute meditation, breakfast and coffee, gratitude journaling, and pulling a card from my deck. It could like something totally different for you, but here are some other ideas:
- Listen to a podcast
- Do a workout
- Write/say affirmations
- Script your perfect day
- Read a bit of a self-development book
Really, you just need to do something that will get you feeling high-vibe, energized, and ready to start your day! Oh yeah – and get dressed. That helps too. 😉
2. Schedule in breaks
This is good for both the procrastinator and the do-ers who might not take a break otherwise. Try as you might, you can’t be productive 24/7. If you tend to procrastinate on getting your day started, knowing you have a break planned at a certain time, will help you get going. If you are the type that will keep working until your bladder is full or you feel like you might faint from hunger – having these scheduled in will give you permission to take the time you need to rest and refresh.
3. Set boundaries
One of the hardest things about working from home can be the lines that can get blurred between home and work life. It’s essential you create boundaries for yourself, because no one is going to set them for you. You can decide what this looks like for you. For myself in the beginning, I would feel like I had to respond to every email received instantly, no matter what time it was sent. I had one client that had a habit of emailing sometimes in the middle of the night, so if I would ever wake up and check my phone, I would have trouble going back to sleep until I knew what it was about. The solution for me? I downloaded an app that would prevent me from getting pop-up notifications of emails between certain hours. I can still go in and check them if I need to, but it helps to keep things out of sight, out of mind.
4. Get outside
Hey, even though I’m introverted and there’s lots I love about working from home, I also know exactly what it feels like to have a case of cabin fever. So I started scheduling a podcast walk break in the afternoons, when I start to hit a slump. I always come back feeling refreshed and inspired, with new ideas that I know I wouldn’t have had if I kept sitting in front of the computer.
5. Move your body
In addition to my walks, after sitting on the computer all day I end up craving some more movement and happy endorphins. I have been using Beachbody on Demand for years and it’s the perfect way for me to end my work day and also transition out of “work” mode, and into “home” mode.
Bonus tip: Embrace the business mullet
This is one of my personal favourites for being on any sort of video business calls. Combine comfort and still look cute with the “business mullet ”- business on top, party on the bottom. Look professional on top for your calls, enjoy the comfort of yoga pants or sweats on the bottom. You might look ridiculous to anyone who sees you full length, but hey, you’ll be more comfortable. 😂
So there you have my top tips after working from home for two years. Let me know if you found these helpful!
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