While it may seem like working from home can be easy, differentiating your workday to your personal time can be challenging. It’s especially challenging if you have a busy schedule and never get a chance to pull away from your desk to eat lunch! Working from home full-time has its perks, however here are a few tips on how to master the art of working remotely.
Have a Dedicated Workspace
Take it from experience that if you don’t have a dedicated workspace, you won’t be able to have the right mindset. By designing a space specifically for work, it mentally prepares you to do work. (And saves your back from muscle soreness!)
Create a Morning Routine
By creating a morning routine, you’re able to mentally prepare for work. Similar to your usual morning commute, it not only gets you to your office but also gives your brain time to prepare for it. Just because you’re not travelling to the office doesn’t mean that you can’t carve out equivalent routines to help you ease into your workday.
When working from the office, there’s can usually be people stopping by your desk or friendly conversation at the coffee maker. Unfortunately, working from home can be isolating. By scheduling breaks during your workday, you can simulate a similar experience by going out for a walk or grabbing some lunch at your local cafe.
Create To-Do Lists
With so many things happening in a day, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Creating a simple To-Do list helps to keep you organized, motivated and on-task. Instead of throwing everything you need to get done on a single page, try to create a list of short-term and long-term goals. By doing so, you will be able to check off more boxes which give you a bit of positive reinforcement during the day and makes tasks much more manageable.
Listen to Podcasts/Music
Working from home can be especially hard when you live alone. It’s lonely, quiet and boring. With no office noise to help speed your day along, it can be difficult to work in silence. Some podcasts I’ve listened to and enjoy are My Favorite Murder, Wabi Sabi by Candice Kumai as well as Stuff You Should Know. If listening to people talk aren’t your thing or it’s hard to multitask, you can always bring the office noise to you!