One of the hardest factors in our decision to move to Colorado was work. I started at my job the week after I graduated college and have been with the same company since (I’m just happy to prove an English degree is worth something). While I love the work that I do, it’s my coworkers that really make it special, which is why our decision to move was so hard. However, I am now in the extremely fortunate position to be able to work from home while staying with my company.
With just over a month under my belt, I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned working from home. You may think pajamas all day is great, but when you look at yourself in the mirror after one too many days of dry shampoo…let’s just say it ain’t pretty.
Here are my top 5 tips for working from home:
Designate a workspace: Unless you want a visible indent of your bum on the couch, designate a workspace for your 9-5. The first thing I set up when we moved in was my desk. It’s looking out the window so I have some gorgeous natural light and get to listen to the pool fountains all day. I normally eat breakfast and check my email from the couch in the morning, but make it a point to migrate to my desk around 9-10. Giving yourself a separate workspace also helps you get in a “work” mindset versus a “relaxation” mindset, even though all of it takes place in your house.
Get ready for the day: I’m not saying spend an hour on your makeup. Just because you’re not going to see anyone doesn’t mean you can’t spend 15 minutes getting ready for the day–skincare routine, throw your hair up in a little bun, rotate your yoga pants, throw on a cute little sweater. It’s not actually about how you look, it’s about how you feel.
Give yourself a bedtime: I am my most productive between 5pm-2am. I am skeptical to trust any person who thinks it is appropriate to schedule any activity, work or personal, before noon. However, I realize that my night-owl tendencies are not condusive to the working world. Sticking to a schedule when you work from home is so important. That way, time doesn’t all blur together, and you have a greater sense of accomplishment as you’re falling asleep.
Take a lunch break: Walk around the block, go get a coffee, even grab a few groceries to take advantage of the clear aisles. Whatever you do, just get out of the house for 30 minutes. While we’re on the topic, also eat at regular times. Don’t just graze all day (not saying I do that……).
Call and FaceTime: I hate emails. At work, I was notorious, probably to a fault, for just ambushing people at their desk to chat. I miss that. Hop on the phone to talk with your coworkers and boss, just to check in. Call on Monday to ask about their weekend like you normally would talk in the office over your morning coffee. Just because you aren’t physically present doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still have a presence.
I’m looking into coworking spaces and also want to join yoga again so I can meet some new people in the area as well.
Do you work remotely? Do you like working in an office? Let me know!