Working from home was all fun and Skype conference calls — until little Aeighdenn shot his Nerf bullet into your cup of coffee. You start missing the average work day so much that you label your Tupperware containers in the fridge with names of your coworkers. For dinner, you’ll have Kathy’s leftover lasagna.
Working from home is a challenge. Thanks to these submissions from our loyal social media followers, it can be a little more bearable. Here’s a list of ways to make your home work day as normal as possible.
From Brittany C. —
- Have dedicated work hours.
- Put your personal phone on silent or on airplane mode if you can and don’t need it for work.
- Take breaks.
- Have music or something playing in the background that isn’t your DVR shows.
- Have a dedicated work space
- Put your work away at the end of the day and don’t look at it again until the next day.
From Nora A. —
“Stay on the same schedule as you would at the office. Schedule your breaks/lunch etc. so you don’t end up in bed with a glass of wine binge watching “Love is Blind” for 5 hours …”
From Stephanie C. —
- It is required to start each day with a cup of coffee.
- Pajamas all day is perfectly acceptable, but the tendency to go back to bed might be high.
- Minimize distractions like watching T.V. or Netflix. Listening to serial killer podcasts is absolutely acceptable.
- Sitting in a chair all day ruins your posture. Get massages from your husband regularly. The best spot for conference calls is the couch.
- It’s perfectly acceptable to submit an expense report for wine, no matter what your boss says.
From Carissa N. —
“Try to plan something fun for when the work day officially ends (movie, exercise, home project, etc.) so you have something to look forward to. Set aside an actual work schedule, like start and end times during the day, in case that isn’t already dictated by your supervisor, and actually log off when that time comes.”
Ten Tips From Tess V. —
- Take “me time” first. Coffee, news, exercise, personal emails, bills etc. This way, you won’t be distracted with thoughts of getting it done while it looms around you.
- Set a start time for work so you know when to end “me time”
- Schedule your break and lunch(or dinner depending on your schedule)
- Set a quitting time. Now that everything is done (personal and business) put it away and relax for the evening.
- Ignore your phone and personal social media during your work hours.
- When it gets boring if you have a laptop change locations. A change of scenery does wonders.
- Play your favorite music in the background.
- Order your lunch for delivery as a treat and save time.
- Have a dog? For your afternoon or lunch break take a 20 minute walk. It will clear your head and the dog will love it! Come back and have another coffee!
- Have kids? Only allow them so much screen time. Find crafts they can do on their own. Encourage them to play with all those toys using their imagination. Get some workbooks and let them spend some time on phonics or math. Make them their own schedule on a chart so they know when to do what and let them check it off the list when completed.
Have any working from home tips you’d like to contribute? Drop us a line. We’ll take all the help that we can get. If you feel the need to procrastinate a bit, submit your best home office photos to The Pilot’s home office photo contest. The winner gets $100.