Work from Home: How to Make It More Productive
Written by: Allison Swan
If you've ever worked from home, you know what it's like around 6 p.m. when your partner or roommate gets home from their office job, and they walk in to see you heavily caffeinated and bleary-eyed, still in your pajamas, and surrounded by a mess.
The truth is that it's easy to let the habits of the freelance lifestyle make your life seem out of control. You don't have a strict schedule of when you need to wake up, what you need to wear, and where you need to be, so rolling out of bed and not bothering to get ready or clean might seem like the best option for you to get straight to work. But... think again.
Sure, no one is there to judge you or tell you to change your ways. You're living the dream, and those around you might be jealous that you don't have to sit at a desk and sit in rush hour traffic five days a week. But, speaking from experience, there's a lot of benefit in structuring your workday. Studies show what you choose to wear has an effect on your mindset and productivity. Here are some ways to make your workday at home more productive.
Change out of your pajamas. Just because you can wear your comfy clothes and work doesn't mean you should, even though it's one of the biggest draws of working from home. The reason? Changing from your sleeping clothes into work clothes creates an important mental distinction. This doesn't have to be dress pants and a nice blouse, but anything other than sweatpants will suffice. This same concept could go for working out -- buying or wearing workout clothing encourages you to get out and workout.
Do something with your hair. You don't need to pull out the curling iron or spend time straightening it, but at least put in a little effort, even if it means hitting your hairline with a few puffs of dry shampoo. If you work best with your hair pulled back, try a stylish top knot or maybe a braid. Do whatever you can to trick yourself into thinking you did something with it.
A mid-day refresh is necessary. After lunch, brush your teeth, spray some hydrating mist on your face, and if you really need an extra minute to yourself, paint your nails. It'll give you the extra boost you need to power through your workday.