When all the days blur together and makeup becomes a distant friend, it’s hard to imagine that this is a new reality. Working from home can be a struggle when your relaxation and working place merges together. Here are some tips on how to stay productive working from home!
This post is sponsored by Avocado Mattresses. I received product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!
What’s a food blogger doing talking about working from home!?
Well, I’ve been doing this whole work out of my apartment before it became a norm! And while I’m not *always the most productive, I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way that I’m so excited to share with you!
Stick to a schedule
Sticking to a schedule is super helpful in terms of being productive! Having designated times for when it’s work time v.s relaxation is super important. I aim to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day (weekends included!)
Figure out YOUR most productive time
Did you know everyone has different energy levels at different times of the day? It’s true! Some people thrive in the wee hours in the morning and others late into the night. Figure out what time you are most productive and schedule your biggest “brainpower” tasks for that time. I personally work the best between 8-12 so I try to get all my writing done in that time frame.
“Alexa, set timer for 10 mins”
I didn’t start doing this until a year after working from home but setting a timer helps so much! If there’s a task you are really dreading doing (even if it’s folding laundry) set a timer and race to get it done in that time!
This is the same idea as a timer but it has more structure. Pomodoro technique is 25 minutes of work with 5-minute breaks in between. Studies show giving yourself short breaks between longer stretches of work helps you to be more productive. I use the Pomodoro technique when I want to maximize my productivity.
Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb”
If you’re someone who always goes to grab your phone, put it on “Do Not Disturb” or even leave it in another room entirely! The amount of time it takes for your brain to switch from texting to working is time wasted!
Get a good night of sleep
It’s so important to get a good night of sleep to be productive! We spend so much time at home and in bed so it’s vital to invest in a quality mattress. Avocado mattresses are natural and made from organic materials making them not only a comfortable option but a safe and toxic-free option too.
Go for a walk, check your mail, lay on the floor and scroll Instagram for 10 minutes. Breaks are very important in staying productive!
Have a designated workspace
I’m guilty of working from my bed or the couch, but when I need to get some serious work done, I always sit at my desk! Having that designated workspace lets your brain know it’s time to focus. If you don’t have a desk, find a place in your home that has minimal distractions. Try to have it free of clutter too as this can overwhelm your brain!
Pretend you’re leaving the house
Not going to lie, most days you’ll find me in sweatpants and a t-shirt BUT there are days I get ready like I’m leaving the house. This helps me feel more like a functioning human and ready to work. Even if I’m in a sweatpant kind of mood, I always shower and change my clothes. Don’t work in what you slept in the night before!
Working from home means you are most likely moving your body a little less. Not only is it important to get some exercise in, but eating healthy is crucial! I like to keep fresh veggies and hummus in the fridge for snacking and salads ready for quick and healthy lunch options.
Listen to instrumental music
When I have a lot of tasks to complete, I’ll put on a Spotify playlist to keep me in the zone. Any of the curated playlists from the Focus mood is my fav!
Set up your day the night before
Every night, I write a to-do list for the following day. That way I know what exactly I need to get done.
Your home may not be the most productive place to get work done, but with these tips I hope you find a thing or two you can implement into your routine! Working from home can be a real treat, especially if you can use your breaks to hang out with your fur babies 🙂
What’s your favorite tip for working from home?
Let me know in the comments below!