Our Best Work-From-Home Tips

Teleworking, Telecommuting, Work-from-Home, Work-in-your-Pajamas… Whatever you want to call it, it’s an adjustment, a big adjustment, but we’ve got tips on how to make it a little easier to WFH.

Set your workplace

Chances are if you don’t have a home office, you are likely working from your kitchen table, dining room, or in another corner of the house. Congrats on being so adaptable! Head over to our article on home ergonomics *link* for tips on how to set up your workspace so it doesn’t add unnecessary stress and strain on your body. When you are done with your work for the day, break down your workstation if it is in a family area to help with work/life balance.

Get dressed for your workday

If you welcome the change from putting work clothes on everyday, then pulling out those blazers or pumps may be the last thing you want to do right now. And that’s okay! But if you need a little pep in your step and motivation, you may be surprised by how donning your traditional work attire makes you feel.

Keep a set schedule

This is not only important for you to keep consistency in your life and schedule, but also helps coworkers know when they can connect with you virtually if collaborative work is needed. It also helps family members know when they can interrupt you. You can adjust your work days and times in Outlook. Don’t forget to schedule breaks! Set a timer so you don’t shortchange your break, or take an excessively long one.

Establish goals and to-dos

At the beginning of your workweek, or even the start of each workday, set aside time to prioritize your list of accomplishments and goals. Set deadlines for yourself and block off the periods of time you’ll need to work on certain projects. For a deep dive into goal setting, go here.

Set reminders to get up and move every hour

Maybe you have a personal tracker that already does this for you, but if not, set a timer to go off every hour to serve as a reminder to get up and move your body. The Pomodoro-Tracker is a great tool to try to take the guesswork out of taking breaks. You can go for a short walk, do jumping jacks, or a few stretches. Increasing blood flow will bring more oxygen to your brain and boost your productivity.

Audibly announce the end of the work day (this is a personal favorite)

At the end of your workday, say out loud “That’s it for the day!”, “No more work for today!” or something similar. It can bring a surprising amount of satisfaction and helps establish that delicate balance between work and life.

Have self-compassion

What is going on in the world right now is challenging and is making our lives look and feel very different than what we are used to. You may feel greater levels of stress as you are working to find balance between staying up-to-date with the events in the world, tending to your kids, keeping tabs on friends and family, all while trying to maintain a productive work schedule. You are doing the very best you can; we all are. If you notice yourself becoming distracted by the news, the people in your household, or new and different work demands, give yourself room to pause, take a deep breath, and come back into the present moment. You got this. Granting yourself a little grace and compassion will not only help you cope better with the day-to-day, it has actually been shown to help you live longer, too.
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