Hi friends! Before we begin, I would like to start this post off with a little disclaimer that YES, I have actually finished all of my work tasks for the day and am not using writing this post as a distraction. Haha! Now that we have that covered, let’s talk about work from home productivity. While it may sound totally chill and easy-going, it actually takes a lot of discipline and concentration. Do I have that? Um…some days.
The thing is, I am not the expert on this subject. In fact, I frequently am looking for new tips and tricks to become better at this because I can fall down the social media scrolling black hole quicker than anyone I know.
However, that is totally not to discredit myself because let’s be clear- I still get shit done. I’ve been working remotely for the past year and it’s been a learning curve, but…it’s also really great to be trusted with the responsibility.
So, let’s get into it! I hope my tried and true tips for work from home productivity also help you out. If you have any of your own that aren’t on the list, PLEASE share them with me below. We are all in this together!
- Do NOT Work From Bed
Oh trust me, I KNOW it’s tempting. After all, this is why we took the job right? To never have to wash our face and stay cuddled up in the sheets all day? NO. Beds are for sleeping, not getting work done. Pull yourself out of bed, MAKE said bed, and then stay away until it’s time to put yourself to sleep again.
- Actually Get Yourself Dressed
Now, I am not saying get all dolled up. But, taking the effort to put on lounge wear or leggings vs staying in pajamas is important. Just that action in itself tricks your mind into thinking that it’s productivity time vs lazing around time.
- Slather Your Body in CBD
Haha..I kid, I kid. Sort of. But anyone and everyone around me knows I am a CBD fanatic and seem to find a new way it comes in handy every single day. When working from home, I love to eat a few of the Wild Berry Neurogan CBD Gummy Bears or have a few drops of their CBD oil. I instantly feel clear-headed, anxiety-free, and able to concentrate on the tasks at hand. You can use my code MIA15 for 15% off of any of their products on their website >here<. I’m even sloooowly getting my parents onto the CBD train which makes me so happy, because I really believe in the healing and calming benefits.
- Opt for Matcha over Coffee
There are few things worse than chugging a cold brew while being confined to your apartment, only to be full of jittery energy that doesn’t let you sit still and FOCUS. I have found that on those days I am really looking to be productive, choosing a matcha over an iced coffee is a much better source of long-lasting, jitter-free energy. Plus, the moment of calm making it in the morning is kind of like a meditative moment for me. Check my post on all of the benefits of matcha >here<.
- Get Out of The House
The downside of working from home is the lack of coworkers to chat and laugh with. I find that the lack of human to human connection is what drives me crazy the most about working from home (ENFP Leo speaking). So when I don’t have any friends available but just need to talk to a person, any person…I will walk myself to a coffee shop, the mall, or Trader Joe’s. I’m embarrassed to say that several local store owners know who I am because I go “shopping” so much.
- Open All of the Windows
Does sitting in the dark actually make anyone happy? No. Plus, this energetically connects you to the outside world a little more so you aren’t feeling sad and isolated.
- Keep Your Yoga Mat Near
One of my favorite habits I have adopted is that while working from home, I will keep my Yoga mat laid out on the ground near my desk. Whenever I start to get a little antsy or bored, I will go bust out a couple sun salutations on my mat to recenter.
- Call a Friend
My friends give me so much energy to persevere. In times that I feel like I am getting too exhausted or alone, I give one of my BFF’s a call or a Facetime. It always helps.
- Create a “You” Spot in Your House
As much as my home can start feeling suffocating if I’m there too long, it’s also my safe space. I’m not an introvert my any means, but I love being cozy at home. No matter the size of the apartment or house I’m in, I absolutely need a nook that is 100% mine to veg out in. You can see my last one from my apartment below. I am usually sitting here more than my desk because it feels like Me.
- Find Ways To Reward Yourself
Honestly.. sometimes all that gets me through a long day of focusing on my computer screen is the vision of me melting into a warm bubble bath with a glass of Cabernet in hand later that night. If that’s what works for you, great. Or maybe it’s a workout or going out for happy hour. You do You. But, whatever it is- save it for the moment you close your computer screen at the end of the day and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished.