Working from home can be a dream come true, especially if you’re in a creative industry and love your job. One of the hardest things I’ve found, is finding a way to stay productive. When you’re not tied to a strict schedule, it can be very hard to get out of bed each morning. Here are my tips for staying creative and productive while working from home.
1. Wake up at the same time each morning.
If you want to sleep in until 10, then go ahead and do that – but when that alarm goes off, it’s crucial that you get out of bed. Get dressed immediately, brush your teeth, do whatever you do in the mornings. The key is to get out of sleep mode and prepare your body for a day of work.
2. Keep your room tidy.
Keeping your room tidy is essential when it comes to creativity. Make your bed, pick up the clothes off the floor, and clean up your desk area. Cluttered rooms result in cluttered thoughts, and with you being your own boss, you want to stay as organized as you can.
3. Have a designated work area.
If you have an office in your home, that’s absolutely amazing. If not, make sure that you have a desk in your room. Having a comfortable and designated work corner will allow you to concentrate on your tasks for the day, rather than your surroundings.
4. Create a calming / creative atmosphere.
Your room is clean, your desk is tidy, you’re ready to get cracking on some work. Go ahead, light some candles, open the binds, put some music on. If you can concentrate with lyrical music, awesome. If not, find an instrumental playlist on Spotify and jam out to some cool sounds while you’re typing away.
5. Use notebooks and journals.
For me, notebooks and journals are essential when I’m working from home. I jot down thoughts, ideas, to-do lists. They keep me on track with my tasks without distracting me from my work.
Plus, is there anything better than crossing tasks off of a to-do list? No. There isn’t.
6. Stay hydrated and take snack breaks.
While most of us drink coffee while we work, make sure that you have a big glass of water on your desk as well. Staying hydrated will help keep you concentrated. When you feel peckish, make sure to eat your snack or meal in another room. This creates a further distinction when it comes to differentiating work space and living space.
7. Set an “end of the workday” time.
It’s extremely easy to get caught up with work if your job is on the internet. Make sure that at a certain time you consciously stop working. Whether that’s 3, 4, or 5pm – that’s up to you. Once your work day is over, either get out of the house and socialize, or slip into something more comfortable and watch Netflix. Whatever floats your boat!
I hope these tips help you out! I have been working from home for a while now, and I know how difficult it can be to stay on track, and how easy it is to just crawl back into bed some days. Just remember how fortunate you are to be doing something that you love, and you’ll get into a productive and creative routine.
Do you work from home? Have any other tips? I’d love to read them in the comments!