Hey there, fellow work-from-homers! Are you tired of feeling like a couch potato in your sweatpants all day? Or maybe you're struggling to find a balance between work and home life?
While it may seem like a dream come true at first, remote work can be challenging in its own way. Without the proper planning and discipline, it's easy to fall into a rut and lose motivation. In this blog, whether you're new to the WFH game or just looking to shake things up a bit, here are 10 tips to make work from home better.
Get dressed, you lazy bum!
I know, I know, staying in your jammies all day seems like the dream. But trust me, taking the time to put on some real clothes (yes, even if it's just sweatpants instead of pajamas) can help you shift into work mode and feel more productive. Use your mornings wisely and pretend like you are going to the office: Set an alarm, make some breakfast, and change out of your pajamas. You can also use this time to read a book or listen to a podcast.
Set some boundaries, y'all.
“Roommates, partners, kids, pets…they’re all cute until they’re interrupting your workflow. Set some ground rules and communicate them clearly to avoid any unwanted interruptions during work hours.”
On the other hand, It's way too easy for work to seep into every aspect of your life when you're working from home. So set some clear boundaries and stick to 'em. This can help you avoid burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Maybe that means not checking your email after a certain time or avoiding work calls during dinner.
Designate a workspace that's not your bed
Sure, working from your cozy bed sounds like heaven, but it's not exactly conducive to productivity. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you can’t have an office. You can set up a home office to create better boundaries between your work and personal life, which will also help you in improving productivity. So find a corner of your home (even if it's just a tiny corner) that you can dedicate to work. Close your home office door and put on some headphones to get in the zone to make sure you’re away from any tempting distractions!”
Use time-tracking tools
It's easy to lose track of time when you're working from home, so don't be afraid to use tools like timers and apps to keep you on track. And don't forget to take breaks, ya workaholics.
Don’t be a work martyr at home
Don’t forget to take breaks and give yourself some downtime. Whether it’s picking up a new hobby or just taking a walk outside, make sure you’re taking care of yourself so you can perform your best at work.”Structure your day like you would in the office: work for a few hours, take a lunch break, and then come back to it. And don’t forget to take a coffee break or a walk outside when you need it.” Just because you're at home doesn't mean you have to work 24/7.
A clean and tidy workplace is the key
“A cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind. Take a few minutes to clean and organize your workspace at the end of each day to set yourself up for success the next morning.” Bonus points if you can make your space comfortable and inspiring with plants, quotes, etc.
Make the most of your remote connections
Connect with your colleagues, even if it's just virtually. Working from home can feel isolating, but you don't have to be alone. Embrace video conferencing, awkward moments and all. Yeah, it can be weird to stare at yourself on camera for hours on end, but video conferencing is a great way to collaborate with colleagues and feel more connected- a reminder that you're not in this alone.
Work Smarter, Not Harder: Find Your Most Productive Time
“Are you a morning person or a night owl? Regardless of when you’re at your most productive, use that time to tackle the hard stuff. Save the less creative tasks for when you’re feeling sluggish.”
“Afternoon slump got you down? Don’t waste that time trying to stay focused on deep work. Instead, schedule calls and meetings to energize yourself and make it through the rest of the day!”
Focus on work, not notifications: Limit your social media usage
Are you tired of getting distracted by social media during work hours?Social media can be a real time-suck, so don’t let it be a productivity-killer. It's easy to fall into the trap of "just five minutes" which quickly turns into a huge loss of time and productivity. But don't worry, there are solutions! With the help of plugins or extensions, you can block social media websites on your laptop during work hours. And, if you're a phone addict, there are apps that can track your daily social media usage, giving you a clear overview of how much time you spend on each app.
Fuel Your Body: Plan Your Meals in Advance for a Healthier Lifestyle
Are you someone who frequently spends time thinking about what to eat, where to go for lunch, or what to cook for dinner? All this time and mental energy can add up and take away from your productivity. “Meal planning is the ultimate productivity hack for busy professionals. By planning your meals in advance, you can eliminate these distractions and focus on your work. One simple way to plan your meals is to create a weekly meal plan. Spend some time at the start of each week to decide what you'll eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day.
End your workday with a closing ritual to maintain a work-life balance
Creating a definitive closing time is a crucial step towards achieving a better work-life balance. It's essential to establish boundaries between your work and personal life, especially when working remotely. But how do you ensure that you stick to your closing time?
One effective way is to create an ending ritual that signals the end of the workday. This ritual can be as simple as shutting down your laptop, messaging your coworkers that you're closing work, or reviewing your task list for the next day. By doing this, you mentally prepare yourself to disconnect from work and shift your focus to other aspects of your life.
Working from home can be a great opportunity to have a better work-life balance and be more productive. However, it does require a level of discipline and planning to make it work. By following the 10 tips we've outlined in this blog, you'll be able to create a routine that works for you, stay connected with your colleagues, and avoid distractions. Remember, everyone's situation is unique, so be patient with yourself, and don't be afraid to experiment with different techniques to find what works best for you.
There you have it, folks! Tips to make your work from home experience better than ever. Now go forth and conquer that couch (or designated workspace)!
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