My Workspace and Tips for Working From Home
Who else works from home? It definitely has its share of advantages and disadvantages. The top advantages for me include no commute time, having access to your kitchen, being able to wear sweatpants and most importantly, being able to lay down flat on my couch while working. It is challenging to stay completely focused on work, set boundaries for your work day, and some other things as well when you work from home. I have found that having a designated work space is so helpful for me! I am sharing my work space in today’s post as well as linking the items at the bottom of the post. Full discloser..I removed my printer, printer paper, and books before taking these photos because printers are ugly haha. I have a pile of cook books and travel magazines at the corner of my desk as well.
If you also WTH, please share your top tips in the comments!
My Tips for Working From Home:
Have a designated work space! I lay down while I work the majority of the time because of my back injuries but its still so crucial that I have a desk to organize everything at! I live in a 1 bedroom apartment and while I would LOVE to have an office, its just not realistic. I made sure that I still set up a significant work space (with shelves and drawers for storage), even though its right in my living room. I also don’t have a kitchen table (no space) so having a desk to do work was vital. It took me forever to find one that I loved and fit right in the exact amount of space that I have and I was thrilled when my hard work and research paid off. It’s a children’s desk (that I got on sale) and works perfectly for me because it also matches my coffee table. My desk items are linked at the bottom of this post.
Keep your work space clear and non-cluttered. Even if your work space is your living room, keep it clean so that your mind can focus better. If everything is a mess around me, my brain feels scattered.
Put on a talk show or podcast in the background while you eat your lunch. Working from home can get isolating and lonely and I think that engaging your mind in something other than work for a short lunch break is necessary to stay (slightly) sane haha.
Pile all of your chores into one portion of the day. I don’t know about you but I find that the most distracting thing is doing chores. There are things all around me to get done. Since I feel better after I check a lot of chores off of my to do list (plus its better for my back to do physical things early in the day), I try to get them over with in the morning. I even prep dinner in the morning!
Set boundaries for working hours. This is a hard one for me! I am still really struggling with it and need to get better at it. I generally am trying to stop my work day when Jay gets home from work, which is usually pretty late anyways. I think that this is the hardest part of working from home because there aren’t clear enough boundaries and it feels like your work seeps into all aspects of your life.
Get out of the house! Get out of the house at one point during the day for sanity purposes. I also find it helpful to go to another space to work at least once a week (I got to my lounge in my building but you could go to a coffee shop). I would do this more frequently because I find that I’m more productive but I need to work laying down a lot.