There’s something to be said about changing up your work environment every so often to stay inspired. For example, if you work in an office space five days a week, blocking out a day to work from home every once in a while (if your job allows) can be extremely refreshing and a nice change of pace. Or, perhaps you’re a freelancer or entrepreneur who doesn’t have a real office space. However, if you’re the type who can’t resist a midday nap or prioritizes household tasks like laundry and cleaning when you’re supposed to be working from home, then it may not be the most productive environment for you. With this in mind, today we are sharing some of our best tips and tricks to stay productive and motivated when working from home. Whether you work from home 24/7 or just once in a while, this list is nice to turn to when you’re feeling like you need a boost of motivation to get your work done in the comfort of your living room. Without further ado…
Create an Inspiring (and Separate) Workspace
Pick a spot in your house that doesn’t have distractions. If you can designate one real area where you will be able to get your work done, that helps. If you’re working at your kitchen table, for instance, you might get distracted by the pile of dirty dishes. If you’re working in a room with a TV and you feel tempted to watch your Netflix show, you might want to move to a different room. Not only do you want to make sure you’re in an isolated, distraction-free area of your home when you’re working, but you will also want to make sure this space is inspiring. Create a home workspace that feels separate from your living space—even if it’s just a desk in the corner—where you can switch into work mode. Add some inspiring artwork or office decor to your workspace to brighten things up and help keep the creative juices flowing while working from home.
Schedule It Out
It’s a good idea to start your work-from-home day by assessing your to-do list, then scheduling out blocks of your day for certain tasks. That way, the day will feel more structured. You can even add these task blocks to your iCal or Google Calendar. You might also want to schedule out your workouts, lunch breaks, coffee meetings, etc., so that you are taking breathers from work throughout the day. The easiest way to burn out on work is to work ‘round the clock, so creating a structured, work/life balance while working from home is so important.
Eat Regular, Healthy Meals
With so much time spent working from home, it can be easy to lose track of the hours of the day (meaning, losing track of when you’re eating and the types of meals you’re eating). When working from home, make an effort to eat meals and healthy snacks at regular intervals so that your energy stays up throughout the day. It can be tempting to take a nap you don’t really need when a bed or comfy couch is just arms-length away, but paying attention to a healthy, regular eating schedule will help you avoid that mid-day crash.
Separate Your Personal and Work To-Do Lists
Most of us at Team LC find it incredibly beneficial to get up early and knock out our personal to-do lists before diving into our work to-do lists. If you have outstanding errands or chores that are nagging at you in the back of your mind, you might find yourself way more distracted and less productive throughout the workday. So, depending on your schedule, set aside some time before or after your work hours to get personal to-dos done and out of the way.
Set Healthy Boundaries
Working from home gives you the flexibility to choose your own hours. However, you might find yourself glued to the computer outside of your usual working hours to get more done on your to-do list. While this may make your workload better, it also takes away from time well spent with loved ones. After your normal work hours are done, close your laptop and nurture your relationships and hobbies to create a healthy sense of balance and boundaries.
Do you have any work-from-home tips to add to this list?
We’d love to read about what works for you, so be sure to leave your two cents in the comments below.
XO Team LC
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