Working from home is a practice that I’m seeing more frequently in companies. When I first encountered it I wasn’t quite sure when to use that benefit or if I would even be disciplined enough to do it. Turns out, it’s very beneficial to me as long as I keep certain things in mind so I don’t burn myself out or distract myself around the house instead of actually working. Here are some things to keep you inspired and focused when working from home:
Have a designated work area – Don’t mix work and pleasure. When you have a designated work area you know that when you sit down it means it’s time to work. Keep it too casual and it’s easier to get distracted.
Keep your area tidy – There’s something about a clean working space that just makes me feel motivated.
Map out your day – Although technology is great I like to use an old fashion planner for ‘at a glance’ moments. It helps me keep track of what I’m doing and need to do. Anything from emails, designs or even social media posts, I always write it down and cross it off. This way I’m able to make the most out of my day.
Dress up – Working in pajamas is great for a bit but I find that if I atleast wear a nice comfortable outfit that aren’t pijamas I at least feel like I’m dressing up to work.
Take breaks – This is as important in an office and at home. Glue yourself to your computer all day and you’ll eventually burn out. Taking 10 minute breaks are healthy. A way to refresh.
Clock out – Know when to clock out. Like the previous one, too much working and you can burn out. I was taught that I have 8 hours in a day to get my responsibilities done and then you’re out. I do this everyday. When I’m done with work, I’m done. Know when to say “I did all my daily responsibilities so I can now finish my work day” and walk out.
Working from home is healthy. Some people really benefit from doing this all the time. For me personally, it’s good to have 1 to 2 days of working from home. I still feel the need to get out of the house and go to an office to keep myself inspired.