Keep to a good morning routine!
Going in to full WFH during lockdown has created a lot of bad habits for me and whilst I’ve had significant lifestyle benefits WFH (single mum of two teenage kids), my morning routine is absolutely dreadful! I go into the office 1 day a week and feel like a different person that day! Once the school holidays are over I plan to go in 2 days a week!
I would really recommend an SAD light therapy lamp for your desk, even during the summer months as it can be hard to go out for a walk every single morning / afternoon. Lumie does a really good one that’s for home desks, but I’m sure you could find cheaper on Amazon.
Might sound obvious but having some really nice stationery can help you feel motivated (Etsy has lots of nice options), as well as some at-home essentials to elevate your desk - for me, it’s a special glass and straw for drinks and a carafe for cucumber water - little things that make it feel a tiny bit more elevated.
Love all those tips above - another thing I’d say is it’s really worth getting up early and going for a half an hour walk. It really freshens up the day and makes you feel like you haven’t just been stuck at home all day. That way you have time to cook at lunchtime and or if work gets too busy later in the day.
Lots of great tips!
I agree with Vanessa – if you can get out before you start your work day it makes such a difference. I used to get coffee one morning a week with a friend when she lived locally. Or I’ll try and plan any workout classes I’m going to on mornings I’m working from home.
Agree with the morning walks- I find this is the best way to start my WFH day as it sets the tone for the rest of the day. I also write a To Do List before I start working. This is a great way to check in with your productivity for the day- as well as ensuring that you don’t get side tracked by unimportant tasks!
I echo what everyone else is saying about getting up and dressed properly!
I’ve also created a desk area in my bedroom that I’m really happy with – I’ve bought a nice lamp I’ve wanted for ages and put loads of postcards/paintings/prints of art that really inspire me above the desk.
Finally, invest in a decent chair! In the pandemic, I was pretty much working on a dining chair and it wasn’t great for my posture/back. I’ve now got a Swedish balance chair in a colourway I like which I swear by, as you have to sit up straight all the time:
a morning walk first thing is a must for clearing the mind and getting the body moving before you sit at your desk all day. I’m quite strict with my routine. Have a coffee break and lunch but I try not to be tempted by the fridge inbetween!
I also think a clear desk and nice filing makes it easier to be organised. Also an excuse for some new stationary…
Getting outside for fresh air either in the morning or after work is so essential. It’s great to use that extra time in the morning to fit in exercise.
I also find that what I wear has an affect on how productive I feel, I keep it comfortable but try to dress closer to normal clothes than loungewear, I find this easier in the summer!
I agree with all the comments! Routine is key for me and the ‘fake commute’ walk at either end of the day works for me as it book ends the day nicely. Also packing away your work desk so your house becomes home again.
Lastly the most supportive desk chair you can afford!
Oh my, all these people responding are well into getting out in the open first thing in the morning with your cup of coffee!!! Coffee is soooo bad for you, but lets not get into that argument! Getting out into some fresh air is good for all of us, but let’s focus on your new position of working from home perhaps!!! - yay you are so lucky so well done you! Tips I would say are; forget ‘getting dressed to feel in the mood’, no, just fix your make-up and wear any suitable top as that is all they will see. At the end of the day you are working from home, who wears a blouse and suit jacket whilst working from home? they will look to the other attendees as a weirdo.
The main things I learnt were to get up and log on at the same time each day, and likewise log off at the sametime each day. Set an automated response to this affect, so everyone who messages out of hours will know you are not going to respond - it is so important to set these boundaries for yourself, I am a bad example as my laptop is next to me all evening and if someone mails I instantly respond - it doesn’t get you anywhere in life, so don’t follow this advice as you will be technicall working but ‘not getting paid’ for it. Switch off at the end of your hours and enjoy x