Figuring out how to work from home has become a new reality for many of us.
There are pros and cons to being home all the time. While studies have shown 82% of people who work from home are less stressed than people who work in offices, it’s not always easy to stay productive when your home doubles as your office.
Whether you work from home one day a week or full time, creating a mindful home workspace can make you more focused and productive.
Here are some tips...
1. Go to your office.
While you won’t have normal commute time if you work from home, make a dedicated office space in your house, free of distraction, and use the area only for work. Go to your office with intention, even if it’s just down the hall.
2. Take regular breaks.
If your job allows breaks, researchers have found working for 52 minutes, followed by a 17-minute break leads to the best productivity because the brain switches from a high level of activity to a low level of activity during that time. Set a timer to remind yourself to take breaks. If you have more time to spare for a break, go outside and take a walk. If you only have a minute, do a breathing exercise.
3. Put your phone away.
It’s tempting to look at your phone, but try setting it aside. Set a timer and make a commitment to not look at your phone or check your email until the timer goes off.
4. Switch up your tasks.
Focusing on one thing for too long can create fatigue, so set reminders to change the tasks you’re working.
5. Add some plants to your office.
Plants not only add color to a room, but they can increase happiness and reduce stress, leading to better productivity. To learn more about some of our favorite houseplants that improve your mood, click here.
6. Bring in more light.
If possible, set up your home office near a window to take advantage of natural light.
7. Stand up.
Having the flexibility to sit or stand while your work can improve your health. Studies show standing for 15 to 30 minutes per hour helps prevent pain and cramping from sitting.
8. Make a to-do list
At the end of the day make a to-do list of what you want to accomplish the next day so you’re ready to jump in and get started.
9. Clean up.
Before you sign off for the day, clean up your work space of any papers, coffee mugs, or trash so your mind is clear and your desk is clutter-free for the next day.
Written By Katy Savage