Working from Home? Here’s Some Tips to Keep You on Track.
Started working from home? Your average day of work now includes lounging in your sweatpants, throwing on some Netflix and unlimited access to kitchen snacks—sounds nice, right? Until you’ve powered through two episodes on Netflix with your laptop perched on your lap, wide open and no work done. To put simply, working from home is not as easy as it sounds. Home is meant to be your resting place and changing that mindset can be a difficult transition. However, there are simple things you can do to make it a little easier. Here are some tips to keep you on track while working from home.
Choose A Dedicated Work Space
Choosing a designated work space will allow you separate work from home, which can be challenging when you’re making the transition. It will also help you focus when it’s time to work. Although it’s tempting to crawl into bed, find a space that mimics your office workstation. Choose a modern space with supportive seating, an office desk (or large work surface) and good lighting. Bonus points if you can find a spot with natural light. Create a workplace in your house that’s productive yet inspiring!
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Find Effective Storage Solutions
Out of sight and out of mind. In your office everything has a spot, and this shouldn’t change when you work from home. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have stacks of papers, charging cords and sticky notes piling up on your work space. Eventually you’ll find yourself spending more time shuffling through papers and untangling cords than doing actual work. Also it’s hard to feel at home when work is piling over your home office desk. Try investing in effective and modern storage solutions—whether it’s filing cabinets, bookshelves or small workstation organizers. Keep your items organized and accessible to stay productive throughout your work day.
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Plan Your Day
It’s easy for the hours to slip away. Having a plan will make sure you prioritize what you need done for the day. It doesn’t have to be hour to hour, just simply write down the major goals you want to accomplish. This will keep you on track and allow you to stay ahead of your deadlines. Consider keeping your plan visible as a reminder throughout your day and reduce moments of procrastination. Although stickies can do the job, incorporating tack boards, magnetic boards and whiteboards are a great way to keep you organized while prioritizing your goals.
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You don’t work 8 hours straight in the office and you shouldn’t at home either. Schedule breaks throughout your work day. Set alarms on your phone as a reminder to get up and walk around. If you’re unable to go outside, do a lap around the house, lounge on your sofa or open a window and get some fresh air and natural light. Taking breaks will keep you energized, healthy and productive. If you’re predominantly on the computer, make sure you practice the 20-20-20 rule to avoid eye strain—taking a break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds to focus on an object 20 feet away. Take care of yourself throughout the work day!
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Working from home can be a nice retreat from the office, but creating a productive space in your house can be challenging. Our experts can help you find a healthy balance between work and home. We specialize in creating healthy, inspiring and productive work spaces that keep you motivated and supported throughout your day. Contact us today!