Find or create a workspace that works for you. You may not have an office or even a spare room to set up in, but it’s important to have a designated workspace when working from home. This can be half the spare room, a table in the basement (as long as you have cell phone service there), or anywhere else where you can set up camp and organize your projects.
Maintain normal working hours. Set a schedule and adhere to it. This will help you maintain a work-life balance, because you should focus on work during work, not ALL THE TIME. While working from home has a huge benefit of flexibility, make sure you maintain some routine to get the most out of each day. Knowing your own personality and strengths, then create a schedule that caters to those things. If you’re most productive in the mornings, then get straight to it. If the afternoon seems to be when you thrive make your schedule around that time.
Create a Morning Routine
Once you lock in some sort of schedule, be sure to create a routine around it. While the clock may read 9:00am and you should be diving into your day, the time alone won’t get you there. You need a morning routine that leads you to your work. Eating a good breakfast, or at least preparing a cup of coffee, ensuring you have everything you’ll need at your workspace, stretching before sitting down for work, these things will all lead you to a better and more productive day.
Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you don’t get a break. Be intentional with your breaks and use them to the fullest. Sometimes that looks like keeping the productivity going and doing the dishes or laundry, but other times it might look like stepping outside for some fresh air or a walk around the block. Whatever it is, be sure to step away from work for a few minutes to get the blood flowing and clear your head.
Get up and Move
We are huge fans of movement. Get up and stretch. Maybe your morning routine includes a walk outside before the workday starts, or during your break you do some yoga, movement will help your body stay engaged throughout the day. And if you are sitting at a desk all day the movement will be a benefit you in more ways than one!
Be sure to Eat
Don’t forget to eat! A meal, and some snacks will help keep you energized for the workday.