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Work from Home – Best Practices

By now, many of us have transitioned to working from home. This is a new experience for a lot of people and it can take some adjusting to find your work groove. When working from home, it’s easy for you to become your own worst enemy. Personally, I get the urge to procrastinate work work with house work. I have compiled a list of strategies to help you find your #WFH stride.  

Work From Home

5 Tips to Work From Home:

1. Choose a dedicated work space.

  • Rather than hitting the couch, dedicate a specific room or space in your home to work. This will help you get into the right frame of mind. 
  • Don’t sleep where you work! It’s bad for your work and your sleep. 
  • My sewing table has been cleared and is now my WFH office desk. 

2. Pretend like you are going into the office.

  • When working in an office, your morning commute can help you wake up by the time you get to your desk. At home, the transition from your pillow to computer can be jarring. When working from home, do all the things you would do to prepare to go in to the office: 
    • Set your alarm
    • Eat breakfast
    • Get dressed for the day 
      • I think this is flexible and depends on your preference. Personally, I need to get up and get dressed to have a productive day. However, I also know people who work just as productively in their pajamas as they do in business attire.

3. Structure your day like you would in the office.

  • Stick to your regular work schedule to help you separate from work when your work day is done. This is important for a number of reasons but it will also help you recharge and disconnect at the end of the day. You don’t want to feel available and “on” all the time. 
  • Set goals for the day/week. I’m a paper planner person (yes, still) but some people really like to use the Pomodoro Technique.
  • Our motivation naturally ebbs and flows throughout the day. Work when you’re at your most productive. I would be lying if I said I have the motivation to work from morning to evening. However, you can capitalize on your most productive periods by saving harder tasks for when you know you will be in the right headspace. Use those slower periods to knock out the easier tasks on your plate.

4. Take clear breaks.

  • Get away from your desk, especially for meals.
  • Take a Movement Break
  • Go for a walk: Right now, many of us live in places where there have been Stay at Home orders or Shelter in Place orders. However, these orders do allow for outdoor activity. Taking a short walk can help reset your mood and energy levels and it might even lead to a new creative idea. 
  • Play with your pets! Check out the admin teams new co-woofers
  • I signed up for the 15-day free trial of Barre3 online. I have been doing the 30 min classes at the end of my work day. I saw that they also have 10-minute classes, which I think would be great for a short movement break during the day or a good way to start your morning.

5. Lastly, be gentle with yourself. These are unprecedented times that we are collectively experiencing. It is okay to allow yourself time to adjust to your new circumstances. 

Share your tips for you productively WFH!

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