7 Working from Home Tips (and How to Keep Your Sanity)
Before I quit my corporate office job, I heard so many people talk about the “struggles” of working at home. I couldn’t grasp their complaints until I myself started working from home last year.
Let me just say this, you can go a bit stir crazy if you don’t have boundaries. It also takes a lot of discipline not to get distracted by household chores, friends, running errands, the TV, and of course, social media. Especially when it’s part of your business’ livelihood.
So I wanted to share my 5 working from home tips to help you keep your sanity:
1> Set a schedule. I have a specific morning routine that I follow every morning that helps keep me focused.
2> Get dressed. If you sit down to work in your pajamas you’ll feel like a slob. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, and apply a little lipstick to make yourself feel pulled together. Plus, you’ll avoid embarrassment when the UPS guy comes to the door.
3> Get outside. I make sure to get out of the house at least 3 times a week around my lunch break to work out, take a meeting, tend to my garden or run a few errands. The fresh air helps wake me up and clear my mind.
4> Avoid distractions. I used to get so distracted by everything around my house. But I’ve set specific time slots to get everything done. Meaning I am not able to do the laundry, clean the house, or watch TV until my workday ends at 6pm. Avoid getting sucked into the endless pit that is Instagram by putting your phone on silent or schedule just 10 minutes to post the day’s photo.
5> Learn to shut it off. It can be really difficult to shut your work brain off at the end of the day if you don’t leave your workstation. My desk is right in my bedroom so I’m not able to physically avoid it. But I make sure to mentally turn it off by switching off my computer and putting my phone down. If I think of something, I’ll write it on my to-do list for the next day.
6> Workout. My midday workout keeps me healthy and clear-headed. More on my fitness journey in this post.
7> Change Your Location. Sometimes I just can’t sit at my desk any longer. So I’ll change my scenery by working out on my balcony or hitting my local coffee shop for a few hours. This small change can make a BIG impact on my productivity for the day.
Hope you guys enjoyed these working from home tips! What are some of the best tips you have for someone thinking of working from home? Let me know in a comment below!
Photos by Taylor Schroeder