Work From Home Tips

As more and more jobs continue to work from home and I’m sure there will be a lot more remote job listings in the future, I thought I’d share things that I’ve found helpful in being productive when working from home! As we know, blogging can be a full time work from home job, but these tips can be applied to anything.

My personal work from home situation is not a full time job at all, although it feels like it at the moment. I’m in full time dance training and obviously haven’t been able to be in the studio over the last couple of months, and have been stuck at home like many others. At times I’ve felt like a full time blogger, and imagined what that would be like. I’m also running my fitness business from home, instead of going out to teach classes in various gyms, I’m teaching from home and interacting with clients online, from my bedroom most of the time!


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HAVE A ROUTINE

I think this is SO important. You need to have a plan, and have some kind of routine for your day/week/month. It will be different for everyone, but make yourself get into a routine so it feels as normal as going to the office from 9-5, if that’s what normal looks like for you.

GET DRESSED

Might sound obvious but makes a difference! I’m not saying you need to be in a suit or smart office attire (if that’s your normal) but it can be all too tempting to work from home in what you went to bed in. I’m all for being comfy and loungewear is absolutely a vibe, but actually putting together an outfit (even if it’s a fresh set of PJs) does something in your mind to separate bed time from work.

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SET YOUR HOURS

Now you’re at home, you probably don’t have to endure that usual 5am wake up call, but it’s still a good idea to have set working hours so you have that time blocked out. Obviously if you have meetings and things then they’re set for you but take the chance to be flexible and work when you feel at your most productive. Do things in short bursts with other activities in between if that’s what works for you.

HAVE A WORK SPACE

She says, writing this post sitting in bed. When I was in my flat I made an effort to not do any kind of work or have my laptop in bed, I’d sit at my desk and sometimes the kitchen table and having that associating with sitting there to get work done instead of just staying in bed definitely made a difference to my productivity. Now I’m at home I don’t have that luxury, because all I have a box bedroom that can only fit a single bed, and our dining room table is currently in the garden due to our dining room being converted into a home fitness studio… first world problems!

MINIMISE DISTRACTIONS

This can be easier said than done, especially if you’ve moved back in with your family, have children, or even just having people at home that normally wouldn’t be with you at your job. Let whoever you’re living with know your working hours so that they know when you’re trying to get on with your work. If you don’t need it for your work, turn off your phone or put it in another room while you work so you don’t end up scrolling or snapchatting a friend instead. I like to put on a relaxing chillout playlist while I work, instrumental ones are best so I don’t get distracted by singing and dancing along!

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TAKE A LUNCH BREAK

Not only do you need to remember to eat, but it also breaks up your day. If you can, try and have this lunch break at a similar time each day so that it becomes part of your routine. Don’t try and cram in a sandwich while still hurriedly typing away or whatever it is you’re doing – actually take a break. If you can, have your lunch in a different room and take at least 30 minutes away from your work to give your mind a break.

WRITE A TO DO LIST

I love a checklist!Β  I draw little boxes and everything so I can easily tick off as I go and see what’s left. I like to have a weekly to do list and then each day break it down into a daily task list. Sometimes it helps to put small, maybe seemingly pointless items on there to give a greater sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.

STAY IN TOUCH WITH COLLEAGUES

This could mean literally the people that would usually work in an office with you – text and call them every week to see how they’re doing! Working from home can be lonely, especially if you’re used to being in a room full of people every day. If you’re working on your own business or you’re a full time blogger for example, you might not have direct colleagues but there are lots of like minded people you can connect with and share tips/progress and make friends. If you’ve not yet discovered them, there’s probably a community on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for whatever it is you do, so get searching!

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EXERCISE

Moving is so, so important! Working from home can make our lifestyles even more sedentary than before, so it’s crucial to make extra effort to schedule some movement into your day. If you have a fitness tracker it can be useful to have the notification switched on where it alerts you near the hour to tell you if you haven’t moved in a while. It can be so easy to just stay sat in the same position for hours on end, especially if you live in a flat with no stairs you’re really not moving very far! Try and schedule in exercise to your week 3-5 times, whether that’s a YouTube workout, a Yoga session, a daily walk/run, or one of my online classes (shameless self promo hehe) – whatever works for you! Exercise shouldn’t be a chore, it should make you feel good. It’s also a great way to break up your day.


I hope you enjoyed those tips! Have you been working from home during lockdown? Are you still working from home for the foreseeable future? Have you enjoyed it or not? Would you consider taking a remote job in the future? Let me know!

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45 Comments

  1. Some great tips. This is one thing I would like, working from home and possibly from my blog. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for reading Eddie!

  2. I love this! I think it’s important to have a set routine despite working from home. While I don’t work from home, exercise has something I’ve struggled with the hardest during these times so you actually gave really great tips on that matter. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you – I’m glad it helped you!

  3. great blog very well set out and informative

  4. I used a few of these tips while I was working at home. Music also helped to motivate me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Music is a good one! Sometimes I get distracted and just have my own mini dance party instead though and have to switch to instrumental music haha

  5. I have succeeded to have my workspace but i can see the television all the time! Definitely to-do list. And i am still struggling to set a routine. I’ll get there! Thanks

    1. I think with setting a routine it’s one thing at a time, don’t try and do it all at once!

  6. Hi Lauren. Some excellent tips there, thank you. My wife and I are now back at work on a rota system – some days in the office and some days WFH. And … that’s even weirder – we find we lose track of what day it is sometimes!

    1. Thank you for reading! I’m forever losing track of what day it is!

  7. I don’t think I am having trouble adjusting to working from home. The real problem is that I have no idea when to stop. Also, I do yoga every evening too! I feel it clears my mind and recharges me for the evening. Thanks for these excellent tips, Lauren!

    1. You need to set your work hours then and block out time for other activities that don’t involve work!

  8. Having a workplace is really critical….
    Thoughts related to work will come to me only if I sat in front of the table in my living room…..
    Thank you for sharing this post πŸ˜‡
    It’s really useful πŸ˜‡

    JENISH | https://knowafactfromj.blogspot.com

  9. Really good tips! I agree with getting dressed, I feel like I never do anything when I don’t bother getting dressed!

  10. I need to do better at getting dressed and exercise lol

  11. Great post! It’s very important to maintain some sense of routine, structure, and consistency while working from home. The best part is that you can adapt and change it to fit your needs!

    1. Definitely! You can for sure get the best of both worlds πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks so much for sharing β€” I need to use some of these!

  13. These are great tips! I don’t currently work from home but I have in the past and I agree that it’s important to take a proper lunch break and try to move around often. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  14. I love these tips! I do/have done most of them for lockdown anyway, oddly enough! But I genuinely love the idea of actually putting together an outfit for the day. Will definitely be adding that into my routine (and exercising more!) xxx

  15. Some very good tips here. I think it’s taken some time to get used to working from home x

    1. Thank you! Of course it will take time adjusting to a new situation πŸ™‚

  16. As a freelancer I absolutely agree with everything you’ve written! Having a routine and waking up early are my top top top tips for completing your tasks on time and not feel overwhelmed with work. Taking breaks is also super important if you want to stay sane, lol!

    Thank you for these tips!

  17. Some good tips here. I’m lucky that I have a PC at home so have been able to use my work laptop from my desk, and having a lunch break is so important!

  18. Great tips!! When I was doing my uni work from home I was making an effort to do most of these and found it really helpful

    1. yep, definitely applies to uni work too!

  19. Brilliant tips! Working from home can be both productive and enjoyable if we follow this advice πŸ™‚ I’m loving it !

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed reading this!

  20. These are such great tips! I made the mistake of working from my bed a few times and it was a tough habit to break, haha. I definitely got more things done once I stopped doing that.

    1. I think everyone does it at some point!

  21. Great tips!! These are really helpful!

  22. These are some really great tips. I definitely agree that it completely changes your mindset when you actually get dressed for work, even when you’re not leaving the house.

  23. We could do better with having a routine!

  24. Setting your hours is such an important one! I did some freelance work at the end of 2019-beginning of 2020 and I definitely made myself too available to my clients. I started off by replying to emails all throughout the day which meant that my clients thought I was free all the time. Once I set myself official hours I started to get a work/life balance again x

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  25. I love how many facets of work life you covered, definitely bookmarking this to come back to again and again!

  26. Great tips! I live in an apartment with my husband and it’s really small, so it’s kinda hard to avoid distractions. He has been working from home since March. We recently bought an iMac so that helped with our workspace a bit. It’s easy to type on too.

    Hannah | http://hannahonhorizon.com

  27. Have been WFH since March and not due back in until 2021 so I’ve had to adopt lots of these already – especially the no distractions thing! Great post and easy to forget some of these tips! (read this via the WP reader – a good start to an August goal πŸ˜‰)

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