As comfortable as it may be rolling out of bed on a late start, walking down to your “office” in your pajamas, and taking as many breaks as you can, we all know it can also be quite cumbersome working from home. You don’t get as much human interaction, you technically work in your home and live in your office, and there can be a lot of distractions. Here are 5 tips for working from home to keep the distractions at bay and to actually get some work done.
1. Don’t work in bed. I’ve had plenty of days where I would just be too lazy to get out of bed so I opted to bring my office to me. But don’t!! Working from your bed can cause back pains (I know from personal experience) and it’s good to draw a line between where you sleep, and where you work.
2. Schedule out your days. I tend to take breaks often from home because I know I’m working on my own time and the kitchens just right there. But scheduling out your days as if you are in an office allows you to keep a structured day so you aren’t waking up at midnight trying to finish a project.
3. Use your distractions as motivation. They say for every 20 min you’re sitting at the computer, you deserve to take one break. I like to use my distractions like the tv, my bed, food, pretty much anything as a reward in between sits so I can relax, stretch, and rejuvenate.
4. Get out of the house. Working from home can be daunting when you have no excuse to leave the house. Make sure you’re getting your breath of fresh air even if it’s a short period of time. Don’t make home feel like a prison.
5. Create a work environment. Start with a proper desk that you can dedicate to the serious adult stuff. Don’t work where you sleep, eat, or lounge. Separate it so in your mind you recognize when it’s time to be serious and when it’s time to be the opposite.
Hopefully these tips help anyone working from home!