I not only blog here at Immensely Social, but keep up with multiple platforms, clients, and sites that I contribute to. I love it, but it can get overwhelming too. Not even sure how many WordPress logins I’m in possession of at the moment. Little things that make the day more organized and fun contribute to my work happiness and helps me give my clients and readers better quality content.
Here are 7 Things That You Can Do Too for an Easier “Work From Home” Day:
1. Take More Breaks
I’ll be honest, I’m not the best at this one and have to set an alarm on my laptop to remember. I am passionate about what I do and get so engaged that I don’t take breaks. At the end of the day my eyes, neck, and brain all suffer. EyeCare- Protect Your Vision is a Google Crome extension that I use to remind me. You can set the time and alerts pop up on your screen reminding you to give your eyes a break. This is a simple and small way to give back to yourself throughout the day. Get up and move around a bit.
With EyeCare, you can even add your own message to appear in the alert. Why not add your favorite words of inspiration or a compliment to yourself. After all, who doesn’t want to see “Hey There Gorgeous, You Deserve a Break” throughout the day!
2. Optimize Your Space
Whether it is getting a higher desk to be easier on your posture or keeping fresh flowers in your home office, do what you can to make your space functional and beautiful. Organize your papers, get an inspiring desktop background for your computer, create files, and keep your space clean and lovely. Clutter affects our ability to focus and makes the work from home experience far from pleasant. If you do not have a set office space, perhaps make a caddy to keep all your supplies organized that you can carry throughout your house.
It is important to create a space and routine that makes your mind ready to work. If you need some inspiration, be sure to check out our Home Office Board on Pinterest!
3. Eat Slower
I do not know about you, but I find it hard not to work through lunch and continue working while I eat when I work from home. Lately, I have been fixing my lunch, going outside, and focusing on the break and the food. Many cultures build plenty of time into their schedules for a lunch break for good reason. You will give your mind relief, digest your food easier, and enjoy your day more if you simply eat slower and practice presence. Make yourself a healthy, colorful lunch!
“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things will be yours.“ ~Swedish Proverb
4. Have Fun
All work and no play makes for a dull life! If you read my Awkward Perks of Working From Home post, you know that I play with my Chihuahua throughout the day.
If you can make the actual work you do more fun, that’s great too! Just ask yourself at the start of the work day, “How can I make this day more fun and enjoyable?” Adding a bit of humor to my writing, when I can, helps keep the day lighter. I also find Pinterest to be fun and inspiring.
Just make sure you set yourself a time limit, so you don’t get sucked into internet time wasters and get no work done.
If you have completed the work day and had absolutely no fun at all, it’s time to re-evaluate. Making fun a priority will keep you passionate about what you do. Play some music, dance, rub that pup’s belly! A few minutes can go a long way.
5. Cultivate Gratitude & Patience
Working from home is not all fun and games. Sometimes the lack of a steady paycheck and the fact that you and Only YOU are responsible for your successes and failures is stressful. Adding bits of fun throughout the day helps, but so does patience and gratitude. Take a bit of time each day to remember why you do what you do. Is it the freedom? The ability to travel? The true passion you have to share? Or, the value you have for family time?
Be thankful for the perks of your business and be patient with yourself when things are going less than perfectly. Working from home requires a lot of determination and growth. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
6. Interact with Others
Just becuase you work from home, doesn’t mean you have to stay at home or make it a lonely journey. If you have other work from home peeps close by, invite them over from time to time to work together. I have been known to meet up with my freelancing friends at coffee shops with laptops to work and collaborate. If no one is around, you can always go online and participate in groups on social media. I adore collaborating with other freelancers and bloggers online.
You can connect with such great and supportive people! Blog Engagement/Promotion group on Facebook featured Immensely Social this week. I’m honored! Groups like this allow you to ask questions, share, and get feedback. Don’t forget about our blog syndication group too!
7. Prevent Email Clutter
I have mentioned this as a resource before, but one of the best ways I know to tame the email monster is with Unroll.Me It is easy to sign-up and free to use. Unroll.Me allows you to easily unsubscribe from all those newsletters that you no longer find helpful. Preventing all the email clutter can go a long way to cutting down on distractions while making your work from home day more pleasant. Because, tons of emails coming in all day long can drive ya crazy!
Believe me, I’m far from perfect at implementing all these things daily. I’m still a huge Work In Progress! But, I have found that when I do these 7 things regularly, I have a better Work From Home experience!
How do you keep that Work From Home happy factor?