Productivity Hacks for Working from Home
I’m not going to lie…working from home is hard, y’all. It is something I have done every day for a few years now. So many times, friends and family will say, “you’re so lucky! Working from home is my DREAM!” But is it, thoooo?
There are many pros – and cons – that go along with working from home. Many people might not realize the “cons,” or maybe, in recent times, they are. In order to work from home successfully, you must be disciplined. If you are looking for any productivity hacks, tips, or tricks, keep reading!
Establish a Routine
Make a routine/schedule for each weekday and stick to it. I’m not going to lie – I struggle with this a bit! I don’t go to bed/wake up at the same time each night/morning, but it is something I continually work it. I will say there are routines at both night and morning that I stick to – no matter what time the clock reads.
For example, each morning, I try to wake up either as soon as my eyes open (on their own) or as soon as my alarm clock goes off. I find that if I hit that tempting snooze button, I end up being more tired later in the day. Once I hop out of bed, I immediately wash my face and brush my teeth (since I typically shower at night). After that, I throw on an outfit (nothing fancy. Let’s be serious – leggings and a sweatshirt, lol). Then I drink some water and follow it up with iced coffee (Starbucks blonde roast or Stok cold brew with a little bit of caramel-flavored creamer). Sometimes I workout in the morning, but more often than not, that doesn’t happen (lol, just being truthful here).
After all of that is done, I review my calendar and to-do list for the day. I typically start working between 8:00 – 9:00 AM and finish anywhere between 5:00 – 6:00 PM. After I “finish” (my full-time marketing job), I typically eat dinner with my boyfriend, then do my Makeup by Caitlyn Michelle / East Avenue Creations work until about 9:00 PM. Then we might watch something on Netflix, or I might read a few chapters of a book, then I’m usually in bed by around 11:00 PM.
Choose a Dedicated Space
If you’re new to the WFH game, you’ll quickly realize that you need some sort of dedicated space that sends a signal to your brain: time to get to work! This does not have to be an office or even a desk. For example, since my boyfriend has been working from home since mid-March, he took over our dining table. We cleared it off completely, and he set up his two monitors, laptop, keyboard, and all of these other tech accessories that make my OCD tendencies go wild (#highmaintenance. Just kidding, just kidding).
My main tip/point here is don’t try working from your bed or from the couch! It just won’t work.
Get Ready for the Day
As I mentioned in the “Routine” section, I by no means get fancy. But, I do change out of pajamas and there is one very key thing I do every day. Want to know what that is? Put on shoes. Even if I am wearing leggings and a sweatshirt, I will put on a pair of slides or lace-up sneakers, because there is something about wearing shoes that makes you feel ready to get shit done. Think I’m crazy? Try it!
Another thing that I do to feel put together/ready to conquer my workload is put on a bit of makeup. Even if it’s just a touch of concealer under my eyes, bronzer, and mascara, I feel better than having absolutely nothing on my face. That’s just me though – I’m not telling you that you need to wear sneakers or makeup to have a productive day!
Set Little Goals for Yourself
Workdays can feel long. Especially at home. And especially if you’re alone at home. Something I like to do to make the day go by faster is set little goals for myself. Example: “if I get this task done by 10:00 AM, then I will take a 10-minute break to check text messages, personal emails, and make an iced coffee. It sounds stupid, but it works!
Now I want to know – what productivity hacks do you have to share for working from home?! Drop a comment!