I get this reaction all the time when I mention what I do. However, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. As someone who is an extreme extrovert, seeing the same four walls day-in and day-out can get pretty lonely.
So, with that being said, here are my seven tips for working form home.
Set office hours. When it comes to working from home, starting work at the same time every day is key for me to get my mindset in the right place. It’s also important that I “clock-out” at the same time everyday. When you work from home, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in your tasks that need to be completed. Remember, if you were in an office, you’d have to leave at a specific time every day and leave work at work. It’s important you do this, too, even when your work is always at your fingertips.
Believe it or not, I actually find that I’m most productive when I can stay in my comfiest of clothes which are often my flip flops and yoga pants. There are plenty of blogs out there that will tell you to get up and get dressed like you’re going to the office; but this blog isn’t one of those. I do think it’s important to get up and brush your hair, your teeth (please do this!), and put on a little foundation. But, you know you and if working in your PJ pants is the best way you get work done… stay comfy, girlfriend!
Remember how I told you I get tired of the same four walls? Well, one of my favorite things to do is to mix it up and work from a local coffee shop. Or, I’ll actually go to my parents house and work in their sunroom. I’m blessed to live 30-minutes from them, so being able to work in a different scenery during certain weeks is so very nice.
I work best when I know I only have a certain amount of time to finish a task. So, the first thing I do while I’m drinking my coffee in the morning is time block my workday. I will give myself “x” amount of time to complete certain tasks. I’ll set my alarm for that amount of time and I get to work. Once the timeframe for the task has ended, I move on to the next task at hand. If the task did not get completed, I’ll move it to the end of the day to work on for another 30-minutes. Now, sometimes tasks have deadlines. If this is the case, I may have to be flexible with my day if not completed within my original time block.
Do not forget to get up and stretch! I cannot stress this enough. When working from home, I find that I often get so in the zone of working that I forget to get up and actually move. No need for a crazy explanation here… just make sure to get up and move. I get up after every time block is completed.
To piggy-back on number 6, don’t forget to eat lunch. This can also refer back to being consistent. Set a time that you eat lunch every day.
When working from home, if you’re able to get out do something on the weekends that doesn’t involve being at home, I highly recommend it. Even if it’s just going on a walk in the beautiful outdoors. I find it refreshing to “get out of the office” at least one day during the weekend.