With my new position at my day job I’ve been spending a lot more time working from home (and also do so on the weekends for the blog) that many people say “oh I’m so jealous you get to work from home”. Yes it’s nice. The idea of getting to sit in your pj’s on your couch and answer emails sounds glorious. And it is. But it’s misleading. It took me a a little while to get into a routine and really feel like I was working and not just sitting around answering emails. There’s definitely a few things that helped me turn my at home work days into truly productive ones that I knew no boss would frown upon. Here are my top 4 tips on how to get the most out of your day when working from home.
- Get Up And Get Showered – There’s nothing more disgusting than sitting on your ass, on your couch, in pjs and it’s 2 o’clock and you realize you smell. Just like you would for your office job, get up and take a damn shower. Something about getting clean and putting on a fresh outfit (this includes a bra, steer clear of putting yoga pants back on or I can guarantee you’ll be 20% less productive). It sets the tone for the day and makes you feel like you’ve already accomplished something and puts you on the right foot. So let’s take on the day with clean panties and clean hair (this may be my new mantra).
- Stick To A Routine – Set your hours, set your day, just keep it similar throughout the week. I usually wake up and get straight to work for about an hour (yes in yoga pants) but from there I then make breakfast, take a shower and get dressed. From that point on it’s back to work mode. I like to finish up around 6 or so, but tend to go way past that depending on the day. I’m still learning to cut it off at a certain time, I recommend you learn this. I’m still working on it.
- Set The Mood – Nothing says lazy than watching morning TV on the couch. Sit at your desk, make yourself a cup of coffee, and turn down the TV. I like to listen to music throughout the day, specifically Pandora station Odesza (you can thank me later). It’s got a great vibe, no pop songs I’ll want to sing along to and it is not distracting at all. Keep it at a lower volume to keep from disturbing you. Same goes for the TV. I sometimes like it as a little background noise versus the music, but keeping it toned down is what keeps me from getting sucked into watching it.
- Step Away From The Desk – Just like at your day job in the cubicle, you’d step away for lunch, or to run an errand on your break. Do so at home too but limit yourself to one non work related errand or meeting. This can be lunch with a friend, grocery shopping or the gym. Anything more over one will keep you away from your desk for too long and before you know it the day is over. It’s easy to go to lunch then decide you are right next to Target and just need to run in for something. We all know how that story ends….cart full of god knows what and you get home to realize you forgot that one thing you meant to get. See? Day wasted, just head straight home after your outing. Plus, stepping away from your work for a little helps to refresh yourself and you can come back with more energy to finish the day.