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3 steps to living a well designed work-from-home life

April 1, 2020

Working from Home by Ventura Homes

Amongst the COVID-19 madness you may find yourself working at home for the first time without a lot of time to sort out a routine. But setting up and perfecting your work-from-home routine can drastically improve productivity both in your work life and home life. Here are three important steps to consider:

1. Start your day right

You may be tempted to sleep in until the very last moment now your commute time is a likely total of 2 seconds, but this commuting does help mentally separate home from work. We want to avoid blurring these lines as much as possible so you can get the best out of both worlds, so set your alarm with enough time to eat your breakfast, have a shower, and get moving before ‘arriving’ at work! Going for a short 10-minute walk around your block can do wonders to clear the mind and set you up for a productive day.

2. Set your working hours and stick to them!

It is tempting when working from home to check your emails as soon as you’re awake, eat lunch at your desk and continue working past your usual end of day when there’s no real ‘home time’. The issue is time seems a little more endless, and you end up taking longer to complete tasks because you don’t have that pressure.

Make sure you set your start, finish, and break times, and stick to them! To help with this, write a list of achievable tasks (ideally 3) for the day, and also set what you are going to do during your breaks and after work to reward yourself. This could be as simple as having a coffee out on the balcony, playing a board game with the kids, or watching Netflix. This will motivate you to get the job done efficiently.

3. Create a designated workspace

Establishing a designated workspace can help you stay focused by removing tempting distractions as well as creating a positive setting you enjoy working in. You don’t need a dedicated home office, but picking out a dedicated space in your home is important to establish boundaries:

  • Light: Ensure there is enough light to help avoid eyestrain, you may need to add a desk lamp to overhead lighting.
  • Posture: It is really important to set up your work area in an ergonomic way to avoid repetitive injuries. This includes your table, chair, computer, keyboard, mouse and phone. Think about how these are positioned and if you’re posture is conducive to a day’s work.
  • Positive energy: Pick or create an area of your home that has positive energy. This can include a space with natural light, a view outside, removing negative clutter such as bills, and adding a plant or a motivational quote. Some people like to listen to music to get into the rhythm, especially if you’ve gone from a busy office to an almost too quiet home set up (or maybe you need to drown out other at home noises).
  • Video meetings: If you have regular video meetings, it’s a good idea to pick a work space that has a neutral backdrop that is professional and not distracting to others.

By implementing these three steps you’ll be living a well designed work-from-home life in no time! If you need to make tweaks, go for it! It’s all about designing a routine and life that suits you.

 

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