Working From Home: Making The Best of It

Unless you are a complete introvert and don’t like to see or speak to people for extended lengths of time, working from home or being a remote employee can be a bit of a challenge.

I’ve been a remote employee for 8 plus months. I’m still adjusting but wanted to give you some tips and tricks I follow to make the best of working from home.

Have a dedicated workspace

Make it YOUR workspace and find functional decor that will help you feel AMAZING each day when you sit down at your workspace. Get inspired by taking a look at these amazing home office ideas! I love shopping the organization and office supply aisles at Home Goods and Target for cute desk accessories that will make me feel and do my best. Because it is your workspace in your own home, you can hang pictures, paint and do a bit more than you would be able to do in a corporate office setting. Have fun with it! It is where you will spend the majority of your time.

TO DO Lists are life.

Each day, when I sit down at my desk, I make my to-do list for that day. What do I need and/or want to accomplish in my workday? It could be as easy as cleaning up my inbox or something a bit more complicated like finishing up a month’s long project. Get a Lil extra and purchase a cute TO DO List notepad instead of using a plain notebook.

Use your calendar(s)!

I utilize a planner, to-do list and my Outlook calendar to get through my day. Juggling the mental load for my family and work can be overwhelming, so I write a lot down between my planner and work to-do list and make sure to note appointments, meetings, and reminders in Outlook.

Working from home can get pretty quiet – make some noise!

I love to play music while I work. Because I’m the only one in the place, I play music through a small blue tooth speaker while I work. I have this one and it fits perfectly on my desk. Whether I’m in the mood to listen to Lizzo or King George (I have an eclectic music collection), I can jam out without disturbing anyone!

Take time away from your work each day to do something for yourself.

I can sometimes get caught up in my work and before I know it, it’s 2 pm and I haven’t moved in 4 hours. Not good. So I try to take breaks during my workday. Whether you have 5 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour, step away from your desk and your work to take a breather.

  • 5 minutes – sit in another room or head outside and meditate or just scroll through Facebook.
  • 30 minutes – do yoga or a quick HIIT workout. Take a walk. Clean your kitchen. Do some laundry.
  • 1 hour – Take a walk, complete a workout, run errands or get some yard work done.

I hope this helps to make your work-at-home environment more conducive to positive, productive days. Drop your suggestions in the comments!

Amy was born and raised in Lafayette, LA. graduated from UL Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Amy works remotely for a healthcare company based out of Lafayette, LA. She and her husband Toby have two children - a rambunctious, loving boy and a sweet baby girl - and one dog. When she isn't working or spending time with her family, Amy enjoys quiet trips to Target, good food and, depending on the time of the day, coffee or wine.

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