A big thank you to Aerie for providing this t-shirt and bra for me to experience in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own and I would not recommend a product I did not fully support!
So, I just had the realization that Thanksgiving is now less than 2 weeks away – where has this year gone? Today I wanted to share with you my top tips for working from home and being productive. With my job, I have the flexibility to work from home when I am not on the client site or if I don’t have a meeting in the office. Working from home can be fantastic – it’s comfortable, there’s very little planning involved and no commute (wohoo!!). When I first started working from home, I would let little things distract me from completing my work. Over the past few years, I have developed a strategy that works for me and wanted to share my top 5 tips.
- Limit distractions: Every time I work from home, I am so tempted to turn on the TODAY show and see the top news stories. But, I have found that I will end up watching one segment, then another, and another – until I realize that 15 minutes have passed and I have not finished that email I was intending to send. If anything, I will have some acoustic music playing softly in the background to crate a bit of white noise. Other distractions, such as that heaping pile of laundry in the corner or those dishes in the sink often bother me – I try to dedicate my mid-morning break, my lunch break or my mid-afternoon break to address any of those things. During the rest of the day, I try (it’s not always successful) to put blinders on to those things and treat my work as if it was in the office and not able to complete these tasks.
- Get dressed: As awesome as it would be to stay in PJs all day, it is important to get dressed to prepare yourself to concentrate on work. I have found that if I stay in my pajamas, all I want to do is lounge around. But, when I put on an outfit, like this one, I am able to accomplish more. Now, I am not advocating for dressing in business casual when working from home because what fun is that? I recommend wearing something comfortable that you would be able to run errands in – I often wear my soft skinny jeans from Chico’s and a V-neck t-shirt. Staying in the zone of comfort, it is also important to have a comfortable and flattering bra – this one from Aerie is perfect for work from home days because it looks sleek under a tee and it gives the girls a bit of a lift (double win in my book)! Now that it is getting a little chiller out, I may add an over-sized cardigan and some flats or slippers to keep warm. This outfit makes me feel like I am ready to accomplish life, but I am still super comfortable!
- Find the right work location: For me, I cannot work from my bed or the couch because all I want to do is take a nap! And siting at my desk for too long, starts to make me restless. Other than the kitchen table and my desk, I have found that I can work well in a big comfy chair with an ottoman (aka. one of the comfortable perks of working from home). But, find what works for you – you may have more will power than I do when it comes to naps!
- Make sure to stay hydrated: OK, so this may be an all the time tip – but I find that when I am at home, I totally forget to drink enough water. First thing in the morning, I grab a glass of ice water with a straw and put it next to my computer (not too close….). When I am head’s down in a task, I try to set a time for every hour and half (or maybe 45 minutes – depending on the task) to make sure that I get up and get more water. I have also found that setting these timers creates a focus zone for me and helps to keep me on task during that time.
- Stand when you can: On a phone call? Stand up, maybe walk around a bit if you don’t get distracted. Or can you work from a high counter and type a report while standing? There have been so many studies that show sitting for extended periods are detrimental to our health. At the office, I usually have more routine opportunity to stand up and walk – like going to the next meeting or walking to a colleague’s desk to ask a question. But, when I work from home, I don’t really need to walk anywhere – it can all be done if I have my laptop and phone right by me. I try to take my phone calls standing up, which keeps me up for about 25% of my day! Try it (even in the office) – I can’t tell you how much more energy I have when I do it for even 10-15 minutes.
I hope these tips are helpful to you if you have the chance to work from home! Let me know in the comments about your tips for working from home!