Are you working from home? 9 Tips for Working from Home to help you feeling your best to be more productive and happy.
I’m the first to admit that working from home is a whole lot different in reality than in my picturesque vision.
My coworkers are incredibly demanding, always hungry, and I find myself asking ‘where are your pants’ more frequently than I thought. Don’t call the labour board, these coworkers are my kids.
The truth is working from home with kids, with a partner, or even alone has its challenges.
How are you feeling working from home?
What I’ve come to realize is when I feel my best my productivity skyrockets. It’s a lot of little things with a big impact.
If you’re new to this or need to hit reset I have some tips for working from home to prioritize yourself and become more productive.
1. Get Organized the Night Before
I’ll admit getting organized before bed has never been my strength. I’m exhausted by the end of the day and can’t fathom
the idea doing anything else. Yet, my morning always runs much smoother when I take 15 minutes before I melt into bed and get it together.
Even something small like laying out my clothes make the morning less chaotic.
I promise, it’s worth it.
2. Get Up Early
Are you a morning person? I’m am undeniably not a morning person.
Now that I’m a mom it’s a lot less of a slow start to the morning – they bounce out of bed full of energy. To carve out some quiet time I aim to wake up before the kids and never regret it.
Even if you don’t have kids getting up early gives you time for yourself before the demands of the day start.
Just working on your get up early game? Start slow. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than normal and slowly move it up until you’re at your desired wake up time.
3. No Pajamas
OK hear me out, I swear you’ll feel the difference in your energy.
In my opinion, getting dressed is a small act of selfcare. It doesn’t need to be a 3 piece business suit but not your pajamas.
I have no science to back me, only personal experience but my level of readiness and productivity skyrockets when I get dressed and throw on a little makeup.
I prioritize comfort first - my favourite outfit is a Smash+Tess romper where I'm comfy and feel cute. Throw on a pair of earrings and I'm good to go!
4. Plan Out Your Meals
I think this is essential for your own wellbeing and if you have kids, your sanity. Ever been asked ever 15 minutes for a snack? It’s enough to make you contemplate running away.
In terms of productivity, if you’re needing to stop every time you or your kids is hungry you’re derailing yourself. Just like if you went to the office, plan ahead for your meals and have them readily available.
I like to have two snacks, lunch, and the amount of water I should drink in a day so nutrition is a no brainer.
Need help getting yourself organized for the week? Grab a copy of my Meal Planning Template Trello board, and access to my favourite recipes to make meal planning simple.
5. Step Away from the Computer and Eat
True story: my boss has always been a stickler about getting away from your desk to eat your lunch. I fought it but when working from home taking some time to sit down and enjoy
your meals helps me be more productive throughout the day.
You don’t need to take a full hour break, unless you want to, but do prioritize this downtime.
If you’re a mom it’s a nice opportunity to sit with your kids and catch up. The workday is busy and maybe there’s more screen time than you imagined. Lunch can be the time you all disconnect and focus on each other.
6. Create a Workspace
Am I the only person who loves stationery and desk accessories? If I am, I’m not ashamed.
Maybe you can create a home office or maybe it’s just a spot at your kitchen table. Find a designated workspace and make it your own.
While I’m currently working from the kitchen table I have some big plans for a little office nook in the future with cute artwork and baskets to keep me organized. Thank goodness for Pinterest!
7. Don't Skip the To Do Lists
If you would a list maker at the office, be a list maker at home.
You still have goals and deadlines. To do lists maximize my productivity because I know exactly what I need to get done. If you’re write it down and misplace the post it kind of person, consider using Trello, an online visual corkboard that allows you to keep cards (virtual post its) to keep yourself and your thoughts organized.
8. Put the Phone Away
When it comes to productivity nothing derails me quite like getting lost in Instagram. The painful moment I realize I’ve lost an hour doing absolutely nothing productive but watch cute cat
So, when you’re working put your phone away. Not being in a traditional office space makes it just a little easier to get lost in social media when.
Give yourself permission to cruise social media for a few minutes a few times a day while you refill your coffee and stretch your body. Then put it away!
9. Be Ready to Pivot
If the world in 2020 has taught me anything it’s that we need to be ready to pivot and shift our plans.
Maybe your plan for the day was to cross 5 items off your to do list then your kids spikes a fever, or your internet goes down suddenly.
The point is not everyday will go according to plan. Keep calm and pivot. The beautiful part of working from home is if you want or need to put in a little extra time you can.
If you beat yourself up about what you should have accomplished, you’ll be a ball of stress. Give yourself grace and be ready to hit the ground running when you can.
Need a little help planning out meals for the day? I get it! Planning out what we’re eating in advance saves me time and money. Check out Basics for Meal Planning for a Family and grab a copy of my Trello board I use to make planning easier.
I think it’s important to mention self-care in all of this because when there is no separation between work and home taking time to nurture yourself is even more essential. Need some inspiration? Pop over my to Pinterest board dedicated to Self-Care – can you tell i’m a bit committed??
There it is, my tips for working from home and feeling your best. Working from home may not be the picturesque vision I had in my head but it is fulfilling. Be organized and maximize your productivity by feeling your best and get sh*t done.
Tell me, what’s the one thing you need to do to be productive?