Author: Darcy Raven
It’s 2021 and after a year of social distancing and quarantine, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Things everywhere are finally opening and getting back to normal, but the new normal for many might be continuing to work from home.
Working from home is not for everyone, so if you have to work from home go into it with a plan. Start with creating a space in your home that is just for you and just for working. It is easier to wake up and start your day when you have a designated workspace.
Be sure to create enough space in your workspace so that you can have everything you need to get your work done easily without searching. If available, choose a workspace that is separate and secluded from the rest of your house. That way you can minimize distractions and hopefully have a door you can close so you can keep out unwanted attention. Select a workspace that is large enough to handle your different tasks. Working out of two or three separate areas of the home is far less productive than working from one area.
Another important part of choosing your workspace is the lighting. If possible, position your workspace near a window so you can catch a few rays and have a peek outside every now and then. Natural light is supposed to improve productivity and boost mood. Not only will this allow you to feel more awake, but it’ll also help you maintain a sense of connection to the outdoors. If you can’t set up shop by a window, try sitting as close to one as possible. And if all else fails, consider something like the HappyLight which mimics the good effects you get from natural sunlight.
Now after your workspace is set up, the next thing to do is create and follow a routine on workdays. Being at home can lead to bad habits and distractions, but if you follow a routine and have set times for everything, then you are one step closer to being productive. Setting alarms for certain moments in the day allows you to work freely without the worry of looking at a clock. Set a morning alarm, 3 alarms throughout the day for quick 10 minute breaks, one alarm for lunch, and one last alarm for ending your day.
Stepping away from your desk and computer screen during your workday is crucial. Breaks throughout the day help you remain focused, helps avoid burnout, and can help you get more done.
The last thing that helps a lot when you are working from home is committing to getting ready every day. When you look good you feel good, when you feel good you do good. “Real” clothes and a touch of makeup can bring you far. The most important thing about your work from home routine is that you act as if you are spending a physical day at work. Act like you are at work and all the other things will come easily.
Hope this helps you get the most out of working from home and good luck.