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    The Importance of Routine When Working From Home

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    Working from home can be challenging — but there are ways to make it easier. Read our article for some tips.

    As remote work continues to grow in popularity, more and more professionals find themselves working from home. While this can be a dream come true for some, the change of setting can also lead to reduced productivity and a lack of structure. Establishing an effective work from home routine is crucial to making remote work successful. In this post, we will provide 9 tips to help you perfect your work from home routine. These tips will help you to create a dedicated workspace, develop a work from home (WFH) routine and schedule, minimize distractions, prioritize self-care, and more. Whether you’re new to remote work or simply looking to improve your routine, these tips will help maximize your productivity, reduce stress, and maintain a sense of work-life balance.

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    Tip #1: Set up a Dedicated Workspace

    A dedicated workspace is an essential part of creating an effective work from home routine. By setting up a designated area for work, you will be able to remove distractions and improve focus. Ideally, this area should be a separate room or space where you can close the door and limit interruptions. Even if this isn’t possible, you can still create a dedicated workspace by setting up a desk or table that is exclusively for work purposes. Try to create a space that’s designed to boost your productivity, with good lighting and comfortable seating. By creating an environment that is conducive to work, you will be better equipped to get things done.

    Related Read: 12 Tips For Making the Most Out of Your Small Home Office

    Tip #2: Create a Routine and Schedule

    One of the biggest challenges of working remotely is the potential for distractions and a lack of structure. To combat this, it’s crucial to establish a routine and schedule that works for you. This routine should incorporate regular work hours, breaks, and time for self-care. By sticking to a schedule, you will be able to maintain a sense of normalcy and minimize disruptions. A routine can also help you to prioritize tasks, stay on track, and accomplish more during the workday. Consider using a planner or calendar to map out your routine and schedule, and be sure to include time for exercise, meal breaks, and other self-care practices.

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    Tip #3: Dress for Success

    While it may be tempting to work in your pajamas, studies have shown that dressing professionally can help improve productivity and focus. When you dress for success, you are more likely to adopt a professional mindset and take your work seriously. This can lead to increased confidence and higher quality work output. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to wear a suit and tie every day. Rather, aim to dress in comfortable, yet professional clothing that helps to put you in a work mindset. By treating each day like it’s a day at the office, you’ll be more likely to get things done and feel accomplished.

    Tip #4: Remember to Take Breaks

    When working from home, it’s easy to get into a groove and forget to take breaks. However, taking regular breaks is essential for maintaining focus and increasing productivity. Consider taking short breaks every hour or two to stretch, move around, or simply step outside for some fresh air. Taking a longer break for lunch can also be a good way to recharge and refuel. Making time for breaks throughout the day can help prevent burnout and maintain energy levels throughout the workday. Consider setting reminder alarms or using a work-timer app to help schedule these breaks and stay on track.

    Tip #5: Combat Isolation

    When working from home, it can be easy to feel disconnected from colleagues and coworkers. However, staying connected with others is crucial for maintaining motivation and engagement. Consider scheduling regular virtual meetings or coffee breaks with coworkers, or joining online communities or mentorship programs to stay connected. You can also collaborate remotely using online tools, such as project management software or video conferencing apps. By staying connected, you will be able to maintain a sense of community and belonging, which can help to improve your mood and overall satisfaction with work.

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    Tip #6: Stay Active

    When working from home, it can be easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. However, physical activity is essential for overall health and well-being. Consider incorporating regular exercise into your workday, such as taking a walk during breaks or doing yoga between meetings. You can also use apps or online videos to guide you through quick and easy workouts. In addition, standing or using a standing desk can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve posture. By staying active throughout the day, you will be able to maintain energy levels and reduce stress, which can ultimately lead to improved productivity and focus.

    Tip #7: Minimize Distractions

    Because home is also where relaxation and personal life take place, it can become challenging to maintain focus while working. That’s why it’s important to minimize distractions when working from home. This may include closing the door to your workspace to limit interruptions, or using noise-cancelling headphones to block out surrounding noise. It may also mean disconnecting from social media or other online platforms that can be distracting. Consider using website blockers or strictly timing your breaks to lessen the impact of these distractions. By limiting distractions, you’ll be able to maintain focus and get more done in less time.

    Related Read: Can Remote Workers Claim Rent on Their Taxes?

    Tip #8: Set Boundaries

    Working from home can be difficult when there is too much “bleeding” between work and personal life. To better manage your time and create healthy habits, it’s wise to establish clear boundaries. This may include assigning specific hours for work or designating a physical space in the house that is just for work. You should also communicate these expectations with family or roommates, so they understand when you cannot be disturbed and how to best support you during this transition period. By creating and maintaining boundaries, you will be able to focus exclusively on work tasks and enjoy a sense of structure in your day-to-day life.

    Related Read: Tips for Working from Home with Children

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    Originally published April 14, 2023, updated September 7, 2023

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