Get up, schedule your day, eat, work, relax. These five steps may seem simple, but when you’re working from home (WFH), getting them done can be more complicated than it looks. These are simple tips we’re doing to improve our workday, avoid ‘working’ from your couch in our pj’s, and get nothing done.
It’s all in the routine
Having a healthy routine is the most critical part of working remotely. Working as you please, with no set schedules can lead to procrastination, stress, and anxiety.
Having a routine sets your brain to a plan, and boy does our brain love knowing what will come next!
A simple routine you can implement is the following:
Jump out of your bed as soon as the alarm wakes you up. Checking your phone while in bed is deadly for the routine. It will make your brain think you’ll lie all day. Change this activity to ‘making your bed.’ Doing this will boot up your mind and get you on a more positive and organized mindset!
Do your usual bathroom activities: brush your teeth, use the toilet, and take a shower. When you’re in the shower, make sure the water hits the back of your head, it will turn on your brain and get you ready for the day.
After you are done showering, dress up to the occasion, and work time, after all. Studies have pointed out that dressing like you’re going to the office has a positive effect on your mentality.
Studies say breakfast is the most critical meal. This is 100% true when you’re WFH.
Having a balanced meal is essential to let the creativity flow, and it’s a good time to update with news or socials, just make sure you stop as soon as you finish your meal.
Get Stuff Done
To have a good day of work, you should have the following:
- A functional workspace that’s adapted to your needs and budget.
- A schedule to work on. If you don’t have one, write down your to-dos for the day and start with the most difficult ones!
- Rules set with your roommates/family about your work.
After that, all you need to do is work! Easy, right? Well, not really. Sure, you need a space free of distractions, but some tasks are hard to do when you’re not in the office.
Not having an uber-specialized space to work (such as an office or a coworking space) can make some tasks ‘too annoying to do’. This is more frequent with those tasks that are routine-based.
When you encounter procrastinating tasks, jot them down, and after work, try to figure out what’s making you not do them and find workarounds for them.
There’s nothing like getting out of the office door and going to your house! However, when you’re working from home, having that same feeling can be quite tricky.
To help feeling like you’re out of work, use your office space just for work, and your living room or bedroom to relax. This teaches your brain to treat your home office as a place where you’ll get stuff done — Reserve another spot like the living room or bedroom, as your chill spot.
Being productive on your first remote experience may be hard at first, but keep trying, testing, and improving. You’ll feel better as you go (promise!)