by Morissa Schwartz
While the ongoing health crisis has made working from home normal for many positions, I have worked from home throughout my professional career. I’ve never set foot in an office, and two of my companies work entirely remotely. After a decade of remote work as a freelancer, you’d think I’d get bored of it, but I’m not.
Here are some of my favorite tips for making remote work less mundane.
there is background noise
One of my favorite aspects of working from home is choosing what to do while I work. Some offices don’t allow employees to use headphones or listen to music while at work, but you can do so while working remotely. The music I listen to at work varies from day to day: sometimes featuring melodies, acoustics, folk songs, or instrumental-focused music.
Our company compiles a monthly Spotify playlist of assorted topics that are perfect for background noise while you work. You can also watch your favorite shows on the streaming network of your choice. As long as you can carry out your daily tasks, you can choose whatever background noise you want and don’t have to deal with awkward office silences.
work from any surface
In an office, you are usually confined to working at a desk using an office chair, which can be incredibly uncomfortable after a while. When working remotely, you can choose where you want to work. I usually start my workday working at a desk and transition to work on my couch.
Team members work from their beds, lounge chairs, bean bag chairs, and more. Controlling the physical factors of your office, such as where you choose to work, can positively affect your overall productivity. Plus, it’s better for your joints and muscles not to sit on the same uneven surface five days a week.
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work from anywhere
Much like the way you can select your Surface to work on, you can choose exactly where you want to work from while working remotely. Working in one place five days a week can be sluggish and leave you feeling unmotivated. Periodically switching where you work in your home can rekindle that motivation and boost your productivity. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. You can work from local coffee shops, restaurants, cafes and libraries. If you are on a university campus, you can work in different classrooms or study rooms.
During the warmer months, working out is a popular option. I lived across the street from a beach, so I’d pack a beach bag with my laptop and work at the beach for several hours. I work with freelancers who work from their balconies or poolside. Even our customers have called with us from places that were not their offices. Don’t feel limited to working indoors just because you work from home.
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exercise at your desk
Many people working from home may not get as much exercise as they would when they were in the office. While taking a coffee or lunch break still happens in your home office, your kitchen and coffee machine are probably closer to your desk than they are in the office. I bought an under-the-desk exercise bike to pedal while at work. This extra exercise keeps my mornings fun while giving me the benefits of exercise—all from the comfort of my desk.
Personalize your home office
While converting your work space into your home is excellent for productivity, having a home office can be great for limiting distractions, as you only have a designated area for work-related tasks. In a traditional office, you may not always be allowed to personalize it as much as you would in your home office. So let your creativity shine by adding candles, plants, decorations, curtains, and anything else you need to make your home office feel like you want to go somewhere.
Some of my team members have very minimalistic office spaces while others have well-decorated office spaces that reflect their personalities. How you decorate your home office is up to you, but have fun decorating it, choosing its furniture, and setting up its layout.
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