Everyone Is Working From Home
—Here’s How to Do It Effectively
Even in Malibu, our homes are supposed to be an escape from reality. A safe place we can go to unwind from the stresses of the day, be that from work or from life as a whole. But when this place of comfort becomes your workspace, it can be a difficult process to navigate.
These tips can help you maintain a sense of routine and find balance when working from home, whether you’re sharing the space with a roommate, a partner, or a pet.
Wake up on the right side of the bed.
Without the pressure of rush hour traffic, it can be tempting to allow yourself to sleep long past your typical wake-up time. However, you should be mindful not to. Try your best to not reset your alarm to a later time. If you don’t usually have time for breakfast, use these extra minutes to prepare something nourishing for yourself, or for some mindful meditation to start your day right.
Set up a designated space.
If you’re lucky enough to have an office in your home, make sure it is primed for productivity by removing any and all distractions. This includes a television, games, and your phone. By keeping these items out of sight, you’ll be less likely to reach for them. You should, however, fill the room with things that bring you joy and a sense of positive energy, such as plants and aromatherapy candles or wax-melters.
Ditch the pajamas.
Yes, it might be more comfortable to take meeting calls from your sweatpants. But changing out of your loungewear into something more work-appropriate will help put you in the mindset to be able to get your work done. If you look professional, you’ll feel professional.
That being said, if you feel like your legs need stretching, don’t be afraid to take a walk, whether around the house or down the street. The activity is sure to give you a burst of energy and can keep you from feeling tired. You can also opt to work a few hours outdoors.
Take scheduled breaks.
Do you normally have breakfast at 9 a.m., take a fifteen-minute break at 11 a.m., eat lunch at 1:30 p.m., and take another short break at 3 p.m.? This shouldn’t change just because you’re at home. Do your best to maintain the schedule you’re used to. This includes the time you break for lunch, and other time you spend away from your desk. Get up and move around. It’ll help you be more productive when you return.
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