5 Tips For Working Smarter At Home
For those of us who are lucky enough to work from home, we know that separating work and home life can be quite a challenge.
In today's post, you will find my top 5 tips for working smarter at home.
1. Make Your Bed And Take Care Of Yourself.
Before you start your workday, it's important to remove the most basic distractions. By making your bed first thing in the morning, you are giving yourself a sense of accomplishment. It is also proven that making your beds helps your room feel less cluttered, which is key if you work from home.
Before you start your workday, you should get ready like you're going to work. I don't mean put on a business pant suit. I just mean you should change out of your pyjamas, take a shower, and get ready like you would normally. It's easier to write the day off as a lazy day if you don't start it right.
This also means breakfast! Always have breakfast before starting any work. You shouldn't be staring at a screen while you're eating, this makes you eat more and feel less satisfied.
2. Block Schedule Yourself.
Once your dressed, fed, and ready to work, write down all of the tasks you have to accomplish. Take your list and schedule blocks for each task. Start your priority tasks in the morning and go from there. This way, as your day progresses, you know you've done exactly what needs to be done.
3. Apply Your Own Version Of The 90/30 Rule.
This general rule is that for every 90 minutes of screen time, you do 30 minutes of exercise. I'm not saying you have to get in a 30 minute workout for every 90 minutes. Adapt this rule as you will. Personally, I like to take 10 minutes every 90 minutes to get up, stretch, and tidy up around my home. This way, you're taking a break and you're getting a few home tasks finished during the day as well.
4. Don't Mix Your Work To-Do List With Your Home To-Do List.
if you can, keep your personal and professional to do lists separate. Sure, you can schedule breaks from work to work on home tasks, but do not make one giant list for both. This will overwhelm you and you will accomplish much less.
5. Don't Work All Over The House.
Okay, I'll admit, I am bad for this. Sometimes I like to work in my kitchen, in my little corner office, in my bedroom, on the balcony... This. Is. Bad. Choose one place that is dedicated to work. This way, it is easier to differentiate between work and home life. If you work all over your house, you'll bring work thoughts to bed with you, to dinner with you, etc. Keep it simple by splitting the two.
How do you work smart at home? I'd love to hear!
Lots of love,