I’m grateful that I’ve worked from home for a long time. I imagine that, for many people, working from home for the first time is a difficult adjustment. How do you stay focused on work without going stir crazy?
Here are some things I’ve learned from working at home full time.
On my first day of self-employment, I felt rebellious! “I don’t have to get dressed if I don’t want to.”
The problem is that working only in pajamas impaired my clarity and productivity. Plus, the rising number of video calls throughout my day further complicated my clothing choices. I felt embarrassed and dirty for not getting dressed up. PJs are great for relaxing in, but they prohibit fully entering “work mode.” I found that if I dressed as if for the office and changed into PJs later, I could be so much more productive in my day. My clothing choices signal to my brain that, “OK, now this is work mode.” or, “This is relaxation mode.”
Take regular breaks
Alongside using my miracle morning technique to settle my mind in the right place for the day, I also prioritize taking regular breaks. If it is a beautiful day outside, I’ll work till lunchtime; by then my Tecfidera side effects kick in, so I push through to take my dog for a walk, then eat, then sleep.
Yes, that’s right: If you work at home you might have the opportunity to sleep at lunchtime!
Set phone alarms to make sure you have regular computer screen breaks, even if your break entails making a hot drink or making progress in laundry chores (productivity hack!).
It’s tempting to drink cup after cup of coffee to motivate yourself, but trust me, you will crash — and quickly! A small amount of coffee is OK.
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