Tips to Stay Motivated while Working from Home

Tips to Stay Motivated while Working from Home

It looks like a lot of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future, so we wanted to share some tips on how to be a bit more productive at home! 

  1. Stick to your morning routine. If you usually wake up early to make breakfast, go for a run, or walk your dog, do it! Make sure you’re keeping your usual schedule, so it gives continuity of a work day vs. weekend.
  2. Get dressed. Yeah, I know your pajamas are comfy. Mine are, too. But boy, it is difficult to be productive in pj’s all day. I think we all secretly know this to be true but try it anyways. Put on an outfit you’d normally wear to work, and that way you’ll be presentable when your boss decides to video chat you to “check in” at 11am.
  3. Create a designated work space. Not everyone has a home office, but you can always use your kitchen table as your designated workspace from 9-5. Just stay away from your bed or couch. Trust us, it’s not a good plan.
  4. Get rid of distractions. It’s an obvious one, but I have spent enough days doing laundry all day instead of work. Which leads me to the next point…
  5. Make a To-Do List. It’ll keep you on track of what you have to do. I tend to make my to-do list at the end of the previous working day. Sometimes it takes my brain a little too much work figuring out what I need to get done in the morning.
  6. Take breaks. Sometimes working from home feels like you need to be at your desk all day to be connected to the team, but that’s not how you work in the office, is it? Make some time to grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a breather every once in a while.
  7. Go outside, but be conscious of social distancing. Instead of going to your favorite café, but given the circumstances, go for a walk outside with a cup of coffee. If it’s nice where you are, you can even do breakfast outside.
  8. Socialize! Video conference a coworker for lunch and see how they’re doing, or try virtual happy hour. Whatever it is, make time for your friends and family even while apart.
  9. Set a schedule. Structure your day like you would in the office. Get on your laptop at the same time you usually do, but more importantly,
  10. Pick a definitive end time. It helps motivate you to finish things up on time, instead of dragging a project because you’re at home on your laptop anyways.

We hope these tips help, and stay safe!