Many people have said to me, ‘Wow, you are so lucky to work from home. Dream commute (there is none), you can run errands if you need to, and you make your own schedule.’
There is truth to that, but there are also challenges to every situation. It does sound blissful but the reality is there is a sense of isolation which can lead to loneliness, procrastination, anxiety.
From experience, here is my advise on staying sane, productive and happy when working from home.
- Set up a routine: Set up specific hours for your work, including time for lunch/meetings/breaks. A schedule will help motivate you and ensure you have a finish time because working from home can tempt you to never shut off. (And you must for sanity!)
- Reward yourself: Checking off items on the to do list provides a sense of accomplishment and leads to increased productivity. Celebrate it! It could be something like ‘If I accomplish this, I will do that load of laundry / read a chapter in my book / book a massage / hit the gym / grab a coffee and check out / etc. ‘ Again, this is motivating.
- Exercise: Working out keeps your brain sharp and keeps our physical body in good health. It battles off anxiety and depression, too. Simply put, exercise is one of the best natural doctors we have available to us. It doesn’t have to be in a gym. Exercise is movement – walk, roller blade, hit a class, walk your dog, dance in your living room! Just move!
- Plug into a local coffee shop: Interacting with other humans has a profound positive influence on our emotional well-being. Just by ordering a coffee and being around other people is a great outlet to feel like we are not isolated. I also like to schedule a coffee or lunch meet up. In an attempt to get healthy, I combo #3 and #4 and try to meet friends for workout dates. It’s social and it’s beneficial to mind + body.
- Play hooky: If you’ve completed everything on your check list and it’s only 1pm give yourself permission to engage in something that will improve your quality of life. Don’t deny yourself the ability to do fun things when you can. Hit a museum, take a walk and admire nature, read a book, call a friend and catch up, work on a hobby…
There is a huge trend towards the #youeconomy. Many people will be working remotely in the future. These little tips will help keep you smiling when you are working from home.