How To Stay Sane While Working From Home
Written By Patti Mankin
Productivity tips for working from home that you've never heard before.
You came to the right place for some honest advice. Around the internet, there are many blogs that all claim the same tips to make you be the best version of yourself when working out of the comfort of your own home. This blog was written by a person who has worked multiple full-time jobs entirely online and received their college education over Zoom during the pandemic.
To stay on track and not be overwhelmed with your work, create a detailed task list for each day of the week. This list consists of assignments and goals for each day. And also, put a Timestamp on each task for how much time you want to put into it, so you don't get carried away on one thing.
If you work from home, say hello to your new best friend, Mister Google calendars. When working from home, it's essential to set boundaries for yourself and do so with Google Calendars. Schedule blocks of time for an hour and a half and a 10-minute break after each work session. You can use the alarm function on your computer to set timers to remind you to switch tasks or take a break. Working too much will burn you out, so you must set boundaries for yourself.
Change your scenery. After each work time block, change your location in your home, whether that be moving from your desk to the kitchen table or from your couch to a coffee shop. Changing your location will make you feel like you aren't living the same day repeatedly and will boost your energy.
Fun fact about working from home: if you can get out of the house and feel safe enough doing so, go to Starbucks. They have a policy that states, "Any customer is welcome to use Starbucks spaces, including our restrooms, cafes, and patios, regardless of whether they make a purchase." Therefore there's no need to feel bad if you spend an entire workday in one of their coffee shops. You're welcomed and encouraged to hang out at Starbucks and do your thing.
From a physical surroundings aspect, you need to love your workspace(s). Check out our work from home collection that offers high-quality and dependable Home Office Products for any budget if you want to be the best version of yourself while working from home.
Shut off your phone during your workday; you don't need it. Your phone is full of distractions that are not related to your work. If something is on your phone related to work, try and move it all to your work computer so that there's no need for you to check your phone during office hours. Your phone is full of distractions, so it's best to avoid them while on the job. Only use your phone during your scheduled breaks, and that's it. Period.
Keep things interesting by listening to your favorite podcast or some instrumental music. I like to listen to Coffee Shop Jazz to make me feel like I'm working out of a cozy Parisian coffee shop and not my childhood bedroom. There are also many mental health benefits to listening to Jazz, such as relieving stress, stimulating the mind, and boosting creativity. There are plenty of study/work instrumental music videos and playlists for free on YouTube if you don't have a music subscription such as Spotify.
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