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.



get dressed

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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clear distractions

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.



Do you telecommute or work from home? How do you stay productive?

Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
Tan Sweater and Waterproof Booties
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