So if you’re anything like me, you’d get extremely restless and low if you’d have to be home all day. In fact, I go crazy because I just can’t deal with it. As life would have it, with a recent turn of events, I’m no longer going to work during my normal hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and I’m at home a lot more. Initially this change brought up a lot of anxiety and resentment, but eventually I found out what works for me to keep my mind sane and be productive during the week. So here are 5 tried-and-tested hacks that helped me be productive while being at home.
Be Disciplined with Time: I can’t stress how much of a difference this makes. When we’re in our home space, we tend to get a bit lax with our daily routines, and of course that is human nature. However, I’ve found that if I don’t discipline my time, I feel useless throughout the day, which is definitely not good. So respecting the time and maintaining routines has definitely helps in managing the day.
Dress the Part: Another aspect of being at home that is so tempting is to be in comfy PJs all day. As amazing as that sounds, actually taking a shower and putting on “presentable” work clothes can help transition into work mode while still being at home. I personally love my jeggings and matching them with a couple accessories; and of course adding a bit of makeup just to let myself know that hey I’m trying, and it feels good.
Leave the House Daily: Despite being at home more, always make it a point to leave the house daily. Otherwise everything begins to blur! Everyday, I make it a point to leave the house after lunch for a couple hours. Whether I am running errands or taking my laptop to a local coffee shop, leaving the house significantly boosts my day.
Have a Designated WorkSpace: Whether you have a designated home office or not, create a professional atmosphere to help you get into the “work mode”. Staying within the 4 walls of your bedroom gets extremely boring and limits your productivity and creativity. Therefore, designate a “work area” within your home and keep the work-like tasks there. For me, it is the lounge right outside my bedroom. It is a great place to sit and with excellent natural light to feel fresh and productive.
Separate Work Tasks & Home Tasks: Another factor that is super tempting: combining or switching between home and work tasks. One thing I learned that it’s a big no-no to getting anything done. You lose track of time, and things get out of order. In other words, designate which hours are meant for work and which hours are meant for home responsibilities. Personally, if I’m on my laptop all day, I stop working between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and switch over to whatever home tasks I have for the evening: like putting away fresh laundry. Essentially, it’s creating a balance that ensures everything gets done as efficiently as possible.
From personal experience, working from home or even being at home can be tricky, but it’s definitely doable with a little bit of discipline. It’s just a matter of making it work so YOU are motivated and happy and in what you’re doing! You got this girl!