Working from home isn’t everything it’s made out to be. You still need to meet your deadlines and management’s expectations, all with less supervision. For some people, that’s a dream come true. For others, it can lead to a lack of motivation and quickly make working from home a dreaded nightmare set to repeat day after day.
If you fall into the latter category, we’re here to help! These 7 life-changing work from home tips can help turn your turbulent waters into smooth sailing.
Whether you’re doing data entry, customer support, or any number of work-from-home jobs, odds are you’re sitting in a chair most of the day. Sitting in the same position all day can ruin your posture, tighten muscles, and, overall, make you feel as stiff as a board.
The simplest solution: stretch regularly.
According to Harvard Medical School:
For example, sitting in a chair all day results in tight hamstrings in the back of the thigh. That can make it harder to extend your leg or straighten your knee all the way, which inhibits walking.
Time can be of the essence, and many people can’t block off half an hour for stretching. Thankfully, you don’t need to stretch every muscle in the body. Instead, your primary focus should be on your lower half, namely your lower back, pelvis, thighs, and calves.
By taking a few minutes to stretch, you can improve your mobility, flexibility, and stave off any stiffness.
Everyone knows drinking plenty of water is important for the human body, right? How many people actually drink the recommended amount of water?
If you’re unaware, the recommended daily water intake for men is 15.5 cups while women need at least 11.5 cups. Keep in mind around 20% of our fluids come from other foods and drinks.
Hydration is especially important to your overall health. Failing to stay hydrated can lead to headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and dry mouth.
We aren’t sure about you, but none of those issues sound good when you have to use a phone or computer all day!
In short, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!
Dress the Part
One of the benefits of working from home is literally in the name. As a result, it’s easy to stop getting dressed like you’re heading into the office.
Unfortunately, that can lead to a lack of professionalism, demotivation, and dread. Continuing your daily routine, starting with getting dressed for work, can help avoid all of that.
If you’re normally in a suit and tie, we can’t blame you for not wanting to get dressed for work every morning. Compromising with a polo and khaki pants can simplify your morning routine without losing out on the professionalism.
Ignore Social Media
It’s incredibly easy to get sucked into social media when you work from home. After all, you’re on the internet all day. A quick look couldn’t hurt, right? Wrong.
Browsing social media on the clock can leave you with little time to do your actual work. Once you develop a habit of browsing social media during the workday, it can be hard to kick.
Ignore social media as best you can. If you find yourself tempted, consider using a browser add-on that blocks certain websites during set hours.
As far as work from home tips go, exercising regularly should be a given. Maintaining your physical health can have positive effects on your mental health, too.
Regular physical activity, like exercising, can help improve your mood, increase self-esteem, and give your brain a much needed boost.
Per Walden University:
Increasing your heart rate can actually reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, which not only improve cognition and mood but improve thinking clouded by stressful events.
Regular exercise while working from home can also help you sleep better.
It doesn’t take much exercise to make a difference. Establishing a daily routine of push-ups and sit-ups can have you feeling much better over time!
Communicate with Coworkers
If there’s one thing that every work-from-home employee needs help with, it’s communication. Making the shift from in-office to virtual communication can be a big step for some.
Communication is obviously important for streamlining day-to-day workflow. When you’re working from home, it’s especially important for social interaction.
Social interaction isn’t quite as easy as turning around and chatting with a coworker when you work from home. Establishing a regular social connection with coworkers is important for your mental health as well as your workflow!
Designate Working Hours
We’ve discussed setting boundaries before, and designating working hours might sound similar, but there are a few differences. For example, transitioning from work to leisure can be tough for some people to do with a snap of their fingers.
Designating working hours, both with family and coworkers, helps ensure no one is trying to contact you about work 24 hours a day. If you’ve designated your work hours at 9:30AM to 5:30PM, for example, stop answering emails after 5:30PM.
Your employer is paying you for the time you’re working. Would you work for free? If not, then you shouldn’t be working afterhours. Your time is valuable, no matter what some employers might say.
Remember, life shouldn’t be all about work. Make sure to kick back and relax during the hours you aren’t on the clock!
Work From Home Tips
Working from home doesn’t have to mean a dreary, monotonous existence. By setting boundaries and establishing a routine, you can change how you work from home for the better. Staying connected, active, and hydrated can do wonders for your outlook!
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