Create a dedicated work space
Getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle for most, but those of us who have the ability to work from home may be tempted to grab the laptop and crawl back under the covers. This sounds like a dream, but it is not a good idea. You can condition your brain to be in work mode while in bed, and this can adversely affect your ability to sleep.
Don’t cut corners when setting up your work station. If you have a small laptop, consider getting a monitor that will expand your visual work space. Clear your area of any personal clutter (apart from decor) that could distract you from work mode.
Set work hours and expectations
Choose specific work hours that you’ll stick to—and manage them with your family, friends, and coworkers. Your coworkers will be less likely to assume you’re always online, and your friends and family will be more likely to respect your work time. Setting limits will also help you be more focused. Take breaks as you would at an office, but don’t spend extended periods of time doing housework or giving in to distractions.
Working in your pajamas sounds like a pretty good perk, but it may not be ideal for your productivity. We’re not saying you have to put on a suit, but try to at least change out of what you woke up in. This will help fight lethargy.
Give yourself light
Workplaces that are too dim can cause eye strain, while too much artificial light can cause sleepiness. Make sure you have at least two points of light, and ideally, one of these points should be natural light. Studies have shown that workers in natural light are happier and more productive than those who work in artificial light only. If you have weak overhead lighting, try setting up by a window or using a desk lamp.
This is important for productivity, but equally important for fully enjoying afterwork hours. Leaving your office area messy creates an unwelcome reminder of what needs to get done. Use trays in drawers or file things away in cabinets to put papers and unfinished business out of sight. That way, you won’t be as likely to think about it when you’re trying to relax.
…and of course, stand up!
Standing up at intervals throughout the day will boost your energy levels. It also significantly reduces your risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, dementia, and more.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out these articles that explore sitting disease and the benefits of standing at work: