It’s 2017 and quite a lot of people work out of their homes. Whether it’s your job, you’re an online student, or you’re a blogger, being at home most of the day can be a bit overwhelming. Although home is the most comfortable place for most of us, often you may feel like you’re trapped which results in not being as productive as you could be. Here are my tips on how to work from home without losing your mind!
Work with others who work from home
If you have any friends or colleagues who also work from home, it could be a great idea to get a little work group started. Being around productive, creative people can help motivate and inspire you. You can alternate from each persons home and work together a few times a week. This will help you feel less alone and be a great way to connect with others in similar fields! If you’re a online student or a blogger you can also do the same as well.
Take Many Breaks + Go Outside
It’s important to give yourself enough breaks throughout the day. Because you work from home there may not be that standard 9-5 working hours. Take a break every 2-3 hours for 5-10 minutes. Get a snack, do some stretches, or even stand outside to get some sun. Getting up and out of where you are working will help you be more focused when you come back to it.
Give yourself a clean, comfortable place to work
Having a comfortable, clean place for you to do your work is the most important thing. Create a space in your home where there isn’t a lot of noise and where you feel comfortable enough to sit for hours. Make sure you organize and clean the space, because the less clutter the clearer your mind will be. It can be a desk in your room, your kitchen/dining room table, or even on your deck/porch outside! Spend time figuring out where you work best.
Working anywhere can result in us forgetting to hydrate our bodies. At the start of the work day fill up a giant glass of water (my favorite is this carafe from Ikea), and keep it on your desk. If you are extremely bad at hydrating set little reminders on your phone to go off throughout the day. This will help your mind be more sharp and your body be ready for whatever work is to come!
Work in different places
Sometimes no matter how comfortable your workspace is at home, you have to get out of the house. There are plenty of other places you can do your work. You can find a local cafe that has wifi and good seating, and a bonus is you’re supporting a local small business! You can also always go to a park or lake to work. If you don’t want to leave your house go spend the day working in a different room. You can also try standing while you work!
Music without words
Working at home by yourself can get very quite. Find some music that you like, preferably without words so you won’t be distracted. Play it on a low setting as some background noise to help make the space more lively. You can also turn on the TV low if you can still concentrate with someone talking.
Plan Plan Plan
Because you work at home no one is telling you what you have to do for the day. Planning out your work day before you even start working is going to help you get more done. Start by writing out all the task you want to accomplish, big and small. Then tackle the ones you can do in 5 minutes. After that, start ordering them in importance of when they need to be completed. If you have anywhere you need to be, write that down too. This way you can jump start your work day, and not have to worry about forgetting anything!