Whether you are a long-time telecommuter or new to working from home, it can be difficult to maintain productivity and stay motivated. But with the right mindset and tools, you can create an environment that works for you and improve your work-from-home experience.
In this blog post, we are sharing 5 tips to help you make the most out of working from home - from establishing a routine to staying organized and taking care of yourself as well as accessories we recommend for optimizing your home office.
Establish a routine
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is maintaining a sense of structure and discipline. To overcome this, it's important to establish a routine that you can stick to every day. One way to achieve this is by time-blocking your days in Google Calendar. Start out by planning out every part of your day, including your morning routine before work hours and regular breaks throughout the day.
We recommend dedicating a block of your day to ‘Deep Work’ (time-consuming tasks that require focus) and ‘Light Work’ (administrative tasks that can be completed without much brain power) and then adding in tasks to be completed within those time frames.
Create a comfortable work environment
Creating a comfortable work environment that you enjoy spending time in is essential in making working from home a pleasant experience. This could include things like investing in a comfortable chair, setting up a standing desk, or decorating your workspace with plants or other personal touches.
Communication is key when working from home. Since sending an email or instant message takes a bit more effort than communicating in person at the office, it is easy to leave them out of the loop.
With that said, you must find ways to consistently update your colleagues and managers on your progress. This could include sending an email update at the end of each week or sending daily updates through whichever instant message app your company uses to stay connected.
Take care of yourself
Working from home can be isolating, and it's important to take care of your physical and mental health. You should always try your best to take regular breaks to stretch, exercise, or meditate in the middle of the day, as well as make time for activities you enjoy outside of work.
With the increased potential for distractions and interruptions, it's crucial that you find ways to stay focused and organized when working from home. This could include things like keeping your workspace clean and clutter-free with the help from Satechi accessories, using digital tools like Notion to stay on track and taking time to clean up the messes that accumulate in your workspace during the day.
Here's our top Satechi WFH picks for an organized, minimal workspace:
- Eco-Leather Deskmate
- Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard
- M1 Wireless Mouse
- Trio Wireless Charger W/ Magnetic Pad
- Dual Vertical Laptop Stand
- Multi-Port Charger: 165W USB-C 4-Port PD GaN Charger, 108W USB-C 3-Port Wall Charger, or the 200W USB-C 6-Port GaN Charger (Available for Pre-Order)
- Eco-Hardshell Case for MacBook Pro
While working from home has its own set of challenges, with a little bit of planning and effort, you can create an environment that works for you. By establishing a routine, creating a comfortable workspace, communicating effectively, taking care of yourself, and staying organized, you can improve your work-from-home experience and be more productive. Remember that the most important thing is to find the best way that works for you and to make sure you take care of your mental and physical well-being.