How to be Productive when Telecommuting | Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
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Top: American Eagle || Bottoms: J.Crew toothpick jeans || Accessories: gifted bracelet, Tory Burch bag (similar here), Corkcicle tumbler, Essie polish in “Eternal Optimist,” Kate Spade necklace (old, similar here)|| Shoes: Blondo Nova
Today’s look is a bit boring but very honest. If you saw my post last Saturday, you’ll know that this is the exact outfit I wore while I was working from home. Brian (who also telecommutes on that day) and I dipped outside for a quick coffee break and snapped these photos - just a tan sweater, distressed jeans, and a chic pair of waterproof booties. I’ve been on this new once-a-week telecommuting schedule for the past four months now and it’s got me thinking of ways to stay productive. I used to hate the idea of telecommuting because I didn’t like bringing work home with me, not to mention the temptation to nap my day away is high with my bed being so close by. I’ve compiled a list of tips to stay productive when working from home.
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I don’t know about you guys but for me, getting dressed makes me feel productive. On my telecommuting days, I sometimes never step outside of my house but I get dressed anyway. I associate my pajamas with sleep and relaxation so it’s hard for me to take my work seriously until I’m washed up and dressed. I don’t go full corporate, of course, but I’ll usually throw on a sweater and a pair of jeans at least. Once I have real clothes on, I feel like I at least completed one task, setting myself up for a productive day!
have a designated work space
I find it helpful to have a space I sit specifically for working. I don’t mean set up an office in your home, though if you can do that, go for it! My current workspace is a small desk in my apartment that’s near the breakfast bar of my apartment kitchen. What I wouldn’t give to have a big apartment office but we don’t have space in the apartment so my desk will do because I believe that a workspace doesn’t need to be fancy, just functional. I like just having a space at home that I associate with productivity because unlike working in bed (for me at least), when I associate the area with productivity, I become more productive. Because I associate my bed with relaxing and sleeping, working from my bed just makes me sleepy and tired. Of course, I realize it’s different for everyone. My good friend says that she does her best work when she’s in bed and if that’s the case for you, you do you! I know for many people though, it’s helpful to have such a space for working.
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When I have a big project to do, I put my phone on silent mode so I’m not tempted to look at it. I also have an app on my Macbook that blocks procrastinating websites (like Twitter) for a periods of time so I can concentrate. I also stay away from my bed to remove myself of the temptation to nap (which is too real for me). All of these things I do to clear distractions is important to being productive. When I work from home, there’s a lot more to distract me than at work so knowing what it is I get distracted by and being honest with what I need is incredibly important.
don’t forget to take breaks
Sometimes, I get really caught up in a project that I don’t remember to eat lunch! I’ve come to setting an alarm at around 12 so I know to take a quick lunch break and stretch it out. I also take a few minutes to make coffee for myself as well - I don’t have a machine, I do a pour over so the time I take to make my coffee is a great break time to stretch and clear my mind before getting back to work.
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Do you telecommute or work from home? How do you stay productive?