If you’re studying or working from home, it’s necessary to have a sacred space to concentrate and get things done! Below are some tips that I’ve found helpful while I work from home.
WALK AROUND EVERY HOUR
Sitting all day, whether it be at work or at home, can be draining. The New York Times released an article back in 2016 about the benefits of walking at least five minutes every hour to prevent sluggishness. Try setting a reminder on your phone to help you remember to get up every once in a while! 🙂
A CLEAN, DEDICATED WORKSPACE
For me, clutter makes my head feel cluttered! I make sure to keep my work area organized so I don’t get distracted. A clear desk = a clear mind.
Lighting is everything! If it’s dark in your work area, you might fall asleep. (Trust me, my sister has LOL). It dulls your mood and can make you feel sleepy, especially after lunch. If you can, try to work near a window or even work outside if you can!
I’ve been using this time in quarantine to either walk or do a workout. I subscribed to barre3 this month, and you can use this 15-day trial for free! I like that these workouts are simple yet challenging, with a variety of videos for strength conditioning, cardio focus, or interval training. CorePower Yoga is also a great resource, and they’re offering new classes every week. Get your body moving!
EAT SOME HEALTHY SNACKS
I’m attempting to eat clean(ish), but every once in a while, I treat myself to Lays Sour Cream and Onion chips! Some of my favorite healthy snacks include apples with peanut butter, carrots, and popcorn. What are some of your go-to snacks? Leave some suggestions in the comments below!
TAKE A WALK BEFORE/AFTER WORK
Waking up a little earlier than you usually do to venture outside and walk is a great way to stop looking at your phone or laptop. I walk in the morning and late afternoon to spend some time outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Lately, I’ve been enjoying listening to a podcast or Spotify while walking. Check out some of my favorite podcasts in my recent post.
PUT YOUR PHONE ON DO NOT DISTURB OR SILENT
To completely focus, I recommend putting your phone on it’s “Do Not Disturb” setting or on “silent.” I even turn my phone upside down and leave it across the room if I don’t need it. I’ll treat myself to a five-minute social media break after a productive work session as well.
DOWNLOAD A HELPFUL EXTENSION
On Google Chrome, I’ve discovered the following extensions that have been beneficial for me:
- Forest: stay focused, be present – Forest is an extension and a mobile app where you can plant trees in your own virtual forest to stay focused on your tasks. You’re able to add distracting websites to your “Blacklist,” and if you choose to visit those sites, you can kill off the tree you planted! You can also customize how long you want to focus. Furthermore, the Trees for the Future organization is a partner of Forest that plants real trees.
- f.lux – f.lux is actually an extension that my roommate, Julie, showed me! It’s an awesome tool that changes the color of your computer screen to adapt to different times of the day.
- Grammarly – Since I started this blog, I decided it would be best if I had extra help from Grammarly. This extension provides writing suggestions and spelling corrections that have proven to be extremely convenient.
As you work from home, try out some of these ideas and ultimately do what works best for you! My hope is to have integrated some tranquility and inspiration into your day. I wish you all the best!