5 healthy habits when working from home — simple ways to keep focused and productive.
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If you work from home, then you know how it can be equally amazing and rather difficult. The good? Saying goodbye to the commute to work and being in the comfort of your own home. The not so easy? Being disciplined, productive, distractions, procrastination, etc… It’s easy to get distracted by household chores, friends & family, social media (I see you, Instagram). Finding the motivation to get your tasks done is hard when it feels like your bed is tempting you to crawl back in.
So to help, I’ve put together 5 healthy habits when working from home that you can start implementing in your working life.
develop a morning routine
Just like a day job, we know how important it is to have a morning routine to start your day on the right foot. When it comes to the routine, I prefer a simple approach that’s tailored to you and your lifestyle. That could look something like, walking your dogs, slowly enjoying your coffee, read a book, then get ready for your day. For someone else, it could be getting the kids ready for school, dropping them off and wind down while eating breakfast and sip on your hot coffee.
Establishing a routine helps your mind to get into work mode and get into an “I’m gonna kick butt!” kind of day. 😉
create a designated work area
Not only does having a designated work area help you separate work and home life, but it can also be helpful in your overall productivity. Find a spot in your home that’s away from potential distractions. If you live in a small apartment, you may not have many options. Living in a larger home, ideally, you’ll want to choose an area that’s out of the way. An area with good lighting (natural or artificial), as ergonomic as possible, and a little decoration to boost the mood.
Whether you’re writing, editing photos/videos, or any sort of absorbing task, it’s easy to lose track of time. All of a sudden 345 pm, you’re starved and low energy. Set a schedule for yourself with the help of alarms on your phone for gentle reminders, making sure to get a much-needed boost of energy that will keep you going through the day. Hungry or not, it’s important to take some time to decompress and recharge.
I know the struggle of this all too well. I’m guilty of forgetting to eat throughout the day and get into binging/panic mode when I don’t have snacks prepared. To make things a little easier, I like to have a few things on hand that I can easily snack on: Hummus or guacamole with prepped veggies, homemade granola, or homemade energy balls. From store-bought granola bars to greek yogurt with a handful of nuts and fruits, it’s also great to have some ready-to-eat options for when you’re crunched for time. A new addition to my repertoire of snacks is Del Monte’s Fruits & Chia cups. They’re loaded with fibre, omega 3s and vitamin C, and not to mention they’re good adult size portions with big chunks of fruits. Again, good fuel to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Albeit simple, crackin’ the windows open and having fresh air blowing through your home can really do you some good! Being from Montreal, Canada, I know all too well that when it’s -30 degrees Celcius during the winter season, that it isn’t an option all year round. That being said, air quality does play a huge factor in our well being. Investing in an air purifier could be a great option during cold winter months.
move your body
Now, I’m not telling you to go run a marathon mid-afternoon, but during your breaks and intake of fresh air, get your body moving. You can easily find yourself sitting in the same position at your desk for hours and possibly not have the most ergonomic chair either, leaving you feeling a little stiff. Go for a walk around the block or do some stretches— all you need is 10 minutes to get your body moving.
Although it may take some time to adjust to a new work from home routine, I suggest slowly implementing one of these tips at a time. Eventually, your ideal routine will fall into place. 🙂
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