How is your work situation like today? Are you working from home? Do you still have to show up at the office? For some of us, reality today is a combination of both. On top of getting used to this new work schedule some of us have to juggle our home life with pets, kids, parents, siblings, etc…
Our new “co-workers” can create the same if not additional stress than we had at the office. I take that back, home can never be as stressful as the office (introduce very dark theme here). Creating that workflow environment at home can be more comfortable, but still challenging. Do not panic, I bring you some tips that would make this transition more enjoyable. Here are 3 ways to create your ideal workspace at home.
While working from bed sounds very enticing, let’s get real, not much work will get done. Besides, I don’t know about you, but laying down in bed is not very comfortable for your back and neck. The bed is meant to be a sacred place to snooze after you’re done with your day. I would say don’t sacrifice this space, because it might interfere with your sleep patterns. I suggest a space with bright light, ideally a big window that allows natural light to shine through. Imagine how good you’re going to look in your zoom meetings? Need I say more?
If you don’t have the space to designate an entire room, pick an area of a room. For example, if you’re working in your kitchen, place your work space next to a window and have enough space to place your computer and work equipment.
Rules at the office can be so restrictive. My work doesn’t allow for any scents due to possible allergies and well, people just like to complaint sometimes. At home, you can make your space smell like the forest is you’d like. My favorite scents are from Opal House at Target, I really enjoy the Bohemian vibe. Again, this is customizable to your liking, Another way to bring aroma into your home is to simmer some cinnamon and spices on your stovetop, this is when the weather allows.
3. TIME MANAGEMENT
This one is not as fun as the other two, but it is still customizable. You might already be using this tip at work; if you are not yet, let me introduce you to something that will increase your productivity while decreasing stress. While some people are very good at remembering tasks, I think that we can all agree that the more we think about work, the more stress it creates.
I like to use a list to tackle my workday. This can be done 15 minutes before you end your workday or during the first 15 minutes of your shift. It’s formally known as the bullet journaling method. There are many ways that you can use this method, personally I like the more BoJo simplified method for daily use. If you want to create a more thoroughly bullet journal, you can find it here. All you need to start your task manager is to use a graph lined notebook. This is a link to the composition book, because it reminds me of high school. Now, find some pens, pencils, highlighters, and go to town.
I hope these three ways to make a positive impact on your work from home will be useful to you. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of taking care of yourself is to live a more happy life. No work is too small, and no step is too short to begin living more fully.
I would love to see how each of you is customizing your spaces and dealing with the work from home environment. Please comment below.
Until next time, Chilleasy! 🙂