Staying Productive from the Home Office
We understand that this is a stressful time. While your main priority is you and your family’s health and safety, you’re also trying to balance working from home and homeschooling (P.S. you're doing a great job). We know that working from home can especially be a struggle! Staying on task and being productive can be a struggle, let alone finding the motivation when your bed and your TV are so close. It is also so easy to get sucked back into home life, especially while the kids are home too. As most of us are finding ourselves being relocated to our homes and out of our offices, we’re here to help you out with some tips that keep us on task!
Get ready for the day!
This is truly the most important thing for us to do when working from home. We like to get ready, if not even more ready, than we would for a day in the office. Get out of your pajamas, brush your hair, shower, and eat a balanced breakfast. Stick to your regular weekday routine. We like to put on an outfit we’d typically wear to work (but let’s be honest, we also like to stay comfortable).There is definitely psychology behind dressing well; look good, feel good, right? Additionally, if we’re feeling a bit down or cooped up that day we also like to put on a bit of makeup or do something extra with my hair. It’s important to do things for ourselves. Honestly, we are the type of people that feel the need to get up and report somewhere in order to feel accomplished, but getting ready and putting a little extra effort into my morning routine has been helping us feel more accomplished.
It is so important to set boundaries between home life and work life, especially when you have kids. The most important thing you can do when it comes to setting boundaries is having a tidy, organized, and designated work space is a total game changer when it comes to working from home. No matter the size of your living space, try to prioritize having a small work set up and it really pays off. Whatever you do, though, don’t work in bed! We have been (and sometimes still are) guilty of this. No matter how productive we were that day (important to note that we are so much more productive at our desks), we never really felt accomplished after spending the day working from bed. You need some separation and boundaries between home and work life, so just stick to sleeping in your bed and not working there (as tempting as it may be).
Eat well and exercise
Trust me, we get it, you’re working from home; if you really want to, you can stay in your pajamas all day and eat pizza rolls for lunch (we should clarify that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing this every once and awhile). But then by 2:00 P.M. you’ll be wondering where all your energy and motivation went. Try to still eat healthy, balanced meals while working from home. Even though lack of time may not really be an issue when it comes to cooking for ourselves anymore, we still like to meal prep on weekends. That way, we can still enjoy a thought-out, balanced meal while working, helping to keep us energized. Also keep around some tasty, healthy, convenient snacks that you can easily grab, but don’t forget about the dark chocolate!
Working from home can feel isolated and lonely. We never truly realize how much we enjoy the company of our co-workers until we start working from home.Those day-to-day interactions that we
may take for granted are meaningful. Make sure to set aside some time every day to do something for yourself, whether that be a glass of wine, a hot bath, reading a book, watching your favorite
TV show, or doing some yoga. Self care doesn’t have to be expensive. Also, remember that establishing work and home boundaries and sticking to them will drastically help your day to day life. Hang in there, you’ve got this.