Working from home sounds like a dream to so many people, and for some, it’s a reality. In my case, I do some of my work from home when I’m not at our new office and if I’m not traveling or taking meetings off-site. Since I’ve gotten into a routine, I’m super productive every morning and get a good amount of work done right from the comfort of my own home. However, it wasn’t always so easy, and I had to set a routine to stay motivated and check off everything on my to-do list.
Create a Space
To do your best work, you’ll have to create a comfortable space for you to work in. If you have the room, get yourself a work desk for your bedroom or living room. Even if you’re just working off of a laptop, this is so much more convenient, and you’ll get a similar vibe to being in an office. If you don’t have the room for a desk, try a small folding table that is still sturdy enough for a laptop, notebook, and whatever else you may need.
Take a Morning Shower
One of the easiest ways to feel more energized and awake in the morning is by hopping in the shower. Just because you’ll be home for a while, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start your day like you usually would. Use an hour in the morning to take a relaxing shower, have a cup of coffee, read the news, etc. You’ll be clearheaded enough to get the day going.
While working in your pajamas may sound like a luxury, it’s not going to work in your favor. Lounging around in your pajamas all day is going to result in exactly that—just lounging around. To be productive and get some work done, throw on some ‘normal clothes,’ and sit at your workspace. You’ll likely get your work done a lot faster, and that way you’re already dressed in case you step out to run some errands.
Have a Schedule
If you’re juggling a bunch of different projects while working from home, you should still set a schedule for yourself. Having things more streamlined and visible will encourage you to get your tasks done, even if you’re working from your couch. The important thing is to stay organized, to avoid procrastination.
If worst comes to worst, get out and socialize. What I mean by that is to take your workspace elsewhere, when you get distracted at home. Not all of us are made to work from home every single day, and there are times where working from a coffee shop or cafe can help us work more efficiently. Do some research and find the locations where people commonly work from that are nearest to you.