Raise your hand if you’re on that work from home life!! I know so many of you are working from home right now, and I feel like we have this all-in-this-together mentality going on!
My particular situation with work is a bit different. I’m a teacher, so I am working from home in terms of interacting with students and parents virtually, but there is only so much I can do since our school was not prepared for the government mandated shut downs of schools (we were on spring break so had NO time to prepare). When I’m not doing things for school, I’m working on content for this blog or completing work for my Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching course. And though working from home during the weekday is something new to me, for the past several months I’ve been side hustling on the weekends to keep this blog and my Health Coaching course in full swing. Whenever I have a full day of content and curriculum to work through at home, I have a few things I do to ensure I have a productive day. I’m hoping by sharing these tips today, it helps you too!
Tip #1 Stick to a Morning Routine and Get Ready for the Day
It’s really easy to fall out of a morning routine when working from home, but I find sticking to a routine makes all the difference for setting yourself up for a solid day. I have chatted about the details of my morning routine in THIS post that I do during the school year. Since I’m working from home right now, I’ve modified my routine a bit to include:
- 6:00 am wake up (the time varies based on when I go to bed)
- 6:00-6:30am make breakfast, coffee, let Tira out, feed Tira and Kitty. Pick up main floor as coffee brews and oats cook
- 6:30-7:00am While I eat my breakfast, I complete my morning devotional and journal. I journal about my faith, my health, and anything else going on in my life that I want to write about. I also use my Start Today Journal.
- 7:00am-8:00am get ready for the day and pick up the bedroom. I find putting on a little makeup and curling my hair makes a big difference in my productivity. I still wear comfy clothes (leggings for days), but I change out of PJs.
Then I’m ready to hit the ground running!
Tip #2 Create a Work Space that is Decluttered
Give yourself a designated work space that is free of clutter so you aren’t distracted and can focus. I am blessed to have my craft room, but you can create any space your area. I suggest using a table, desk, or area on your kitchen island as your space as opposed to the couch. The couch is just too comfy, and you’re more likely to catch a few zzzs then get your work done
Tip #3 Take Breaks
In education, we try to give students at least a 10 minute break for every 50 minutes of solid instruction (sometimes more frequently than that depending on the age level, content being taught, etc). The same rule applies to working from home. Don’t forget to stand up, get a cold glass of water, or take a step outside throughout your day to give yourself breaks. Don’t use this time to scroll on your phone. That defeats the purpose of giving yourself a brain break!
Tip #4 Schedule a Time to Cut Yourself Off for the Day
With work at home and at your fingertips, it’s easy to work until late at night. Give yourself a cut off time and stick to it. If you have a time when you are “checking out” you are more likely to be productive throughout the day so you can actually close your laptop at your designated time.
Tip #6 Eat Nutritious Meals, Snacks, and Drink Water
One of the benefits from working at home is being able to whip up healthy meals throughout the day. These can be anything: wraps, simple salads, or leftovers from the night before. Make sure you give yourself time to eat and enjoy your meal throughout the day. Try to eat whole foods packed with nutrients and vitamins to help keep your immune system healthy. These are things that are minimally processed foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. Avoid heavily processed foods like chips, candy, and soda.
It’s also easy to not consume enough water each day when working from home (I’m guilty of this). To help me stay on track, I have a goal of refilling my 40oz water bottle twice. I also pour my water into a glass with a slice of lemon or cucumber. Sometimes just having a little fresh taste in my water helps me remember to drink it!
Tip # 7 Schedule Some Movement and Activity for the Day
Lastly, make sure you prioritize a little movement into your day. There has been vast research on the positive effects of productivity and exercise. Especially since we are all staying at home and not moving as much throughout the day, it is incredibly important to schedule time to be active – not only for your physical body, but also your mental health! Complete a workout at home, follow a yoga youtube video, use a free workout app, go for a run, or take the dog for a walk. Just make sure you schedule this time in for you! Also, find your ideal workout time. Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening workout kinda gal? I’m either a morning or late afternoon workout person (I’m actually going to go for a run as soon as Im finished writing this post). Find what works for you and make sure you make it a priority!
I hope these practical tips help you stay productive while you hustle from home the next week!! What’s your favorite tip? Do you have any to add to this list? Let me know!