I am so excited to share today’s post with you all! It is a collab with my fellow New Englander Gabriella from GabriellaCatherine. I met Gabriella through Instagram, she is a ray of sunshine, and just a lovely human, I hope we will be able to meet in person before too long. Be sure to check out her post as soon as you are done reading this one.
We have collaborated to bring you our tips for a happy and productive work from home day!
Whether you are only doing it temporarily because of the current state of things, or you have been doing it all along, being able to work from home is such a blessing. But does come with its own set of challenges. Home distractions, lack of motivation, keeping weird hours, and being tempted to stay in your pajamas all day.
Good Evening Routine
I am a creature of habit, and if I don’t do my evening routine thoroughly, I notice a big difference in my mood and focus the next day. I like to take me time in the evening, spending time on my skincare routine, I do stretches and strengthening exercises. After that, I tidy my room and take a little time to quiet my mind before going to sleep.
physical clutter adds to mental clutter if the first thing I see when I wake up is a pile of clothes on the floor and makeup out on my vanity. That means I have to deal with it before I can start working, and it just not ideal to have to do with first thing in the morning. SO as part of my evening routine, I try to make sure everything is in its proper place, especially my desk and dresser top. What way I can’t get to work quicker, and have a clearer mental space.
Get ready for the day
It makes me feel so much better to feel pulled together, some good athleisure, a cute, comfortable dress, whatever makes you feel confident. I may or may not be wearing an oversized sweater, yoga pants, and heals while I’m writing this.
I don’t wear that much makeup when I’m home, but making sure my hair and face aren’t too scary is very important for me the work productively. It’s always good to be prepared for a FaceTime or Zoom meeting. I have found that wearing jewelry triggers something in my mind that makes me feel more business-like.
Ideally, make yourself a list before you go to bed; having tasks physically written down on paper helps seal them in your mind. I typically have to lists, one for the big goals that need to be accomplished, and one for the less important things that I would also like to get done but aren’t a top priority. Cute notebooks and journals make lists more fun too. My current blog notebook, where I write out all my talking points. And my monthly planner or both from Eccolo.
Eat well & stay hydrated
This is something I have always had trouble with when I have a task that has a time limit, of I’m excited about, just what to jump right in. Then before I know it, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon, and I haven’t had breakfast yet, and I wonder why I feel tired and cranky.
Even if you don’t particularly feel hungry, your brain-body needs healthy nourishment if you want them to perform the way they should. Get some fruits and veggies, and a little bit of protein, it boosts your mood and gives you more energy.
Turn off those notifications, put the cat out of the room, whatever you need to do. It’s a bit tricky because Instagram is one of the biggest distractions, but it’s also part of the job as a blogger. I keep my Instagram and blog notifications turned off, so I don’t get sucked in every time my phone dings.
There is only so much you can control but regulate what you can and work around what you can’t.
Set a timer
I love time timers, and time crunches are my friend when it comes to productivity. If you are a master procrastinator like me, having set amounts of time for each task will definitely help you out. For example, I’ll give myself two hours to work on blog content, then an hour for photography. Then twenty minutes to a half-hour to answer DMs and emails. Timers help me stay on track and make the most of my time.
Make time for treats
Take time to make a yummy drink, and have a snack, watch a YouTube video, read some blog posts, whatever is a treat for you. Got to keep that mood up, stay caffeinated, a little positive reinforcement never hurts.
Some of my current favorite treats are Dalgona coffee, matcha lattes, and popcorn.
Change of Scenery
I’m at my desk the majority of the time, but in the afternoon, if it’s a nice day, I like they sit on the deck to get a little fresh air. Some fresh air and different surroundings usually give me a little productivity boost. I’m looking forward to being able to sit in the coffee shop and work for a few hours again too.
Make yourself a great playlist
Music is such a powerful tool it can change your mood, make you feel more motivated, and a good beat is excellent for typing along with. Also, as I mentioned, I’m very distractable. I need a steady sound for part of my brain to focus as the other part focuses on work, then both parts wander off.
Spotify premium is the best $9 a month I could have spent, and I have playlists for pretty much every mood, time of day, and task. I have made one specifically for getting me going in the morning. It is an excellent blend of fun, motivational, and uplifting, and I’m so happy to share it with you today!
Gabriella Catherine is a seventeen-year-old author and blogger. She grew up in New Hampshire with her big family (three brothers and two sisters!), and loves leopard print, early mornings, and chai lattes!
Gabriella published her first adventure/romance novel, Escape the Woods, at age sixteen, and is currently working on book two in her series. On her blog, called GabriellaCatherine, she shares fashion, faith, and lifestyle posts. She strives to live her life with joy and passion, and hopes to encourage others to do the same!