5 Tips to Optimize Working From Home
Working from home certainly has its ups and downs. While it may feel nice to skip that 45-minute commute to the office, we understand that trying to get work done at home (hello distractions) brings challenges of its own. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
Here are some helpful tips that’ll make working from home a little more practical.
1. Establish a Routine
Faking a commute can get you in the right state of mind to start the day. Put on your favorite playlist, audiobook, or podcast (check out our awesome podcast!), while you make a fresh pot of coffee or tea in the morning. Changing out of your pajamas into something fresh and comfortable is also an effective way of getting ready for the day.
2. Create a To-Do List
Think about what you need to get done and create a to-do list. We recommend keeping it short (so you don’t get overwhelmed) by listing your top three priorities. Experts recommend focusing on one task at a time and not moving on to the next task until the first is complete.
▴ Start your day with 3 things that you're grateful for
Don’t forget to take breaks and (actually) take a lunch break. While we recommend preparing or eating a meal, you may even want to do something you enjoy during this time (go on a short walk, sit outside, or read a book); science says you’ll feel more refreshed to carry on with your day.
3. Designate a Work Area
For many, it’s difficult to concentrate on work when you’re a few feet away from the TV. Consider separating your workspace from the space you use to relax to avoid associating your peaceful areas with work-related stress. This works vice versa as well, as you may find yourself a little bit too comfortable if you’re working by your bed.
4. Keep Your Phone Out of Reach
Throw your phone into the river (jk don’t do that, smartphones may already be threatening marine life, and here’s why)! Although we’re totally joking, if you don’t need your phone for work, put it on silent and leave it in another room (at least until work is over). Then instead of using it to scroll through social media, opt to call friends and family at the end of the day. These are certainly isolating times, and a bit of socialization can go a long way!
▴ The average person spends 145 minutes per day scrolling through social media
5. Have an Impact Snacks Bar
If you’re running low on energy throughout the workday or simply want to treat yourself to a delicious snack, you might want to munch on our superfood bars. They’re a great way to get some essential nutrients without leaving your workspace to prepare a snack. #winning
So what’s it going to be? Dark Chocolate Brownie, Iced Caramel Latte, or both?
Article by Impact Snacks Contributor, Ava Tajally