Working from home became A LOT more common this year, but I’ve actually been working from home for the past 3 years (although it seems like much longer).
Even though I do enjoy having an office to go into, I love the convenience of working from home. But, I do have friends who prefer to go into an actual office either because it’s hard to stay focused at home, they feel like they can’t just shut things off in the evening, or because it’s hard to stay motivated and not just turn on the TV all day.
So here are 6 tips that have helped me feel productive/motivated + enjoy working from home:
1: Establish A Solid Morning Routine
Establish a solid morning routine by picking a few things that will make you feel accomplished before you start your workday. My morning routine is hands down one of the most important things. It has proven over and over that it sets the tone for my day and allows me to be more productive/focused.
2: Get Ready For The Day
Now I 100% admit, I do not get fully ready everyday when I’m working from home. BUT, I take a shower, do my skincare routine, and put on comfortable (but presentable) clothes. One of the perks of working from home is definitely not having to fully dress up everyday. That being said, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t “get ready” everyday. You should do something to tell your body you didn’t just roll out of bed, sit down at your desk, and work through the day still wearing your PJs.
3: Have A Designated Work Space
This can be a dining table you don’t typically eat at or even a small/make-shift desk in a corner. Whatever it is, you should have a designated work space other than your bed or your couch. Having a spot that’s separate from other areas in your house/apartment affiliated with relaxing is important to help your brain differentiate.
4: Spice Up Your Coffee
I used to get coffee from a coffee shop at least 3-4x/week. I know, I know…everyone says getting coffee every morning is one of the first things you should cut out when you’re trying to budget, but it brought me joy. Unfortunately, they closed the coffee shop that was walking distance from me a few months ago, so I kind of had to figure out a way to enjoy making coffee at home. Nespresso has been a game change. I’ve loved trying new capsule flavors + mixing with different spice and non-dairy milk combos. Lately, I’ve been loving my Iced Maple Oat Latte to get me in the Fall spirit.
5: Take Walking Breaks
Not only is it bad for your body to be sitting at a desk all day, but it’s not good for your mental wellness either! I schedule 20 minutes in my calendar each day for a walk outside. This is especially helpful for my mood when it’s sunny outside. When it’s raining, I walk around my house and listen to a podcast.
6: Schedule Evening Activities To Look Forward To
It can be hard to completely disconnect from work if you’re working from home. You feel like you are constantly “at the office”. I like to schedule an evening activity to make sure I have a break + something to look forward to in the evening. For example: a walk outside, going to happy hour with friends, watching the new Housewives with a glass of wine, or even just trying out a new recipe.