Here’s How to Make Working From Home Work For You During the Coronavirus

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New to the “work from home” gig?

If there’s one thing we know at Hip2Save, it’s great deals and how to work from home. Unfortunately, with the current Coronavirus epidemic, many Americans have lost their jobs (if you have, check out this link here for companies who are currently hiring), but if you’re among the fortunate ones who were thrown into a new daily grind from home, we’re here to help you find a routine that works best for you while working remotely.

“Any successful work from home day starts with a routine.” 

While we’re all trying to adapt to a new “normal” daily routine, it’s important to set yourself up for success and learn how to develop a system that works for you, your job, and your family so things run more smoothly for everyone.

Here are our top 6 tips on how to work from home successfully:

1. Find the perfect work station.

woman in office with robe by standing desk

This might go without saying, but it’s important to have an ergonomic space to work in your home where you can focus and shut out the world. Whether you have a designated office in your home or a well-lit space, you need to decide where the magic is going to happen.

If you can, opt for a brighter, natural sunlit area of your home. Being exposed to natural sunlight is proven to increase productivity & alertness. It also contributes to a better mood by lessening anxiety, lowering depression, and helps our bodies produce more serotonin which ultimately makes everyone happier. 🥰

On a side note, if you’re looking for a standing desk – be sure to check out our picks for the 5 best standing desks for every budget!

Hip Tip: Don’t have a ton of natural light? Consider bringing the outdoors to you by adding some low-maintenance houseplants to your space or cute succulents. Either way, they’ll be sure to add a layer of happiness to your workspace.

2. Get yourself ready.

woman working from home standing in room wearing purple long sleeve dress

Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you should lounge in your pajamas all day long – of course, anyone who traditionally works from home would be lying if they said they never do this. 😉 However, I find myself to be most efficient when I’m showered, have brushed my teeth, added some concealer to my under eyes, and slipped on something besides pajamas.

woman wearing bright blue and pink floral dress

Hip Tip: Ladies, a comfy dress is a great way to feel totally put together with minimal effort and still be extremely comfortable. Lina and I just got these dresses off Amazon recently and love them! 😍 Even better, you can try them on for FREE with Amazon Prime Wardrobe.

Since shopping in most clothing stores is currently on hold – check out our other Amazon Fashion finds.

3. Fill your belly.

overnight oats slow cooker

I already talked about the importance of surrounding yourself with good, natural light when working, but it’s also just as important to fill your belly with healthy foods. I know, I’m probably starting to sound like your mom now, but without it, you might struggle to focus or feel alert.

In fact, a healthy meal replenishes the stores of energy and nutrients in your body and also provide other essential nutrients required for good health. If you’re doing the low-carb thing, be sure to check out our sister site,

putting everything bagel seasoning on avocado toast

Hip Tip: Foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin B, iron and other essential nutrients will be your best bet. For some ideas, consider foods like steel-cut oats, fresh fruits, avocado toast, raw nuts, natural yogurt with granola, or a spinach omelet.

Short on time? Check out this easy and delicious slow cooker overnight steel-cut oats recipe.

4. Make your go-to drink.

holding a whipped instant coffee drink

For some, making your go-to drink might be counterintuitive to the healthy meal I just encouraged you to scarf down. However, I’m sure we can all agree that our favorite hot cup of tea, iced coffee, or maybe even this delicious (and viral on TikTok) whipped coffee that Lina recently made, can make us crush our tasks at hand and feel like doing a happy dance after the first savory sip. 💃Cheers! 

Hip Tip: Know someone that’s a Coronavirus front line responder? From now until May 3rd, Starbucks is offering them free coffee! You can read more here.

5. Check your emails first.

woman with robe drinking coffee and checking emails on Macbook

For me, I know that waking up to unread emails can create unnecessary anxiety in the back of my head if they don’t get taken care of first. Getting them out of the way as soon as you sit down will allow you to feel less stressed, and allow you to focus on the bigger tasks at hand.

6. Work in chunks until you’re done.

woman standing at counter smiling at camera typing on laptop computer

Now you’re the boss…sort of. 😏 You’re also not in your traditional office space anymore, which means you’re missing trips to the fax machine, going to a coworker’s cubicle to discuss something, walking to meetings, or grabbing lunch at the cafe down the street. By now you’re probably realizing that those things are almost non-existent when working from home, so it’s important to get yourself up and moving throughout the day.

About once every 45 minutes to an hour try stepping away from your computer to recollect your mind and body. This can be simple things like walking around the house a couple of times, taking a quick breather outside, or going to the kitchen to replenish with water. Speaking of water, try our 30-day water challenge!

woman drinking out of water bottle with Mac computer in the background

Hip Tip: If you feel like you can’t commit to taking these short breaks, do some exercises while you’re standing at your desk or get in some squats during your next voice conference call. Keyword, voice. 😂

Now that you’re mastering your new work from home gig, check out some of our team’s favorite things to enhance your home office:

1. Lina’s favorite decor vases.

woman holding two white geometric vases with succulents

“I love these super fun and stylish vases for my office. They can hold my essential office supplies and even a cute succulent that has really brightened up my space! You can read more about them on my post here.” – Lina 

2. Amber’s favorite mouse & mouse pad.

laptop next to colorful floral mouse and pad on desk

“I like to spruce up my workday with a fun wireless mouse and a colorful mouse pad. I switch them out every 6 months to a year as they get gross after so much use. There are tons of cute options available.” – Amber

3. Jami’s favorite desk.

laptop on white desk sitting on paisley blanket

“I really dislike sitting at a desk for long periods of time so my portable lap desk was a perfect fit for my needs. I can use it on my bed or the floor or even on a counter if I want to stand. One of my favorite features is that I can adjust the height and angle until I get the perfect ergonomic setup. Every work from home person needs this!” – Jami

4. Everyone’s favorite mug warmer.

adventure mug sitting on black mug warmer on desk

“Before I bought this awesome gadget, I would literally warm up my coffee in the microwave about 20 times a day! 😬 I’m a slow coffee drinker, so I was so excited about this mug warmer that now sits at my desk and keeps my coffee nice and toasty.” – Jessica 

cubi under desk elliptical machine

Here are a couple of product reviews we’ve posted recently that we think you may love while working from home, too!

At the end of the day, remember to give yourself some grace.

It’s difficult working from home and sometimes you just have to snuggle your baby on the couch or get down on the floor with your pup. As long as your work gets done, we think you’re doing a great job. 🤗

woman on laptop next to baby and bottle with feet up on the couch

Here are 5 ways you can help your community right now without leaving home.

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 26

  1. Erin

    The ergonomic desk isn’t $6.99, btw.

    • marie

      $62.49, wow!

    • Sara

      Thank you for catching that and letting us know, Erin! I have updated this post to reflect the correct pricing.

  2. Jamie

    Thanks so much. I wish I could find a battery operated mug warmer or one that charges and doesn’t have to be plugged in. Maybe in the future 🙂

  3. frugal-fit-sexy

    I’m a hs teacher and have to check in and video chat with my kids on a daily basis. I will admit that for the 1st week I did stay in pajamas. Then I found myself missing my work attire and the routine of getting ready. Now I get up and ready and while I don’t fully get a full outfit on( pantyhose, scarves and accessories) I do feel more comfortable dressed up. Dresses are a go to because they’re easy to throw on and I feel sexy and ready.

    • Stef81

      The best part of not having school is NOT having to “get ready” or out in work attire!

    • interested

      I’m wondeirng why you need to feel sexy to teach high school students, this comment bothers me!

      • frugal-fit-sexy

        Sorry I didn’t mean I dress sexy, just the feeling of dressing up as opposed to pajamas makes me feel better about myself.

    • Elizabeth

      I just started distance learning today with elementary. I need to follow some of these suggestions. Luckily my retired husband brought me lunch as I didn’t move from 9am til 5pm. I will do better tomorrow.

    • Katie

      I understand why so many people like to wear lounge clothes to work at home – and I think that’s fine for random occasions. But right now, while folks are consistently working at home (and for who knows how long), I think it is a great idea to still get dressed in the morning. I don’t think you have to go crazy – or put on a whole mess of makeup – but feeling confident about your appearance has been shown in SO many research studies to play a huge role in how you perform so many tasks.

      I teach a college credit class at a local high school two mornings a week before going to my full time job. I have been amazed at how casual so many of the teachers dress and worry that it sends the wrong message to students. I always dress up for work – and so, am always dressed up when I go there. And they notice. For me, I hope it sends the message to them that I take my work seriously enough to present myself that way – and that I care enough about them to get up EARLY to get myself together and be presentable for them. And, I’m still doing it. Even though we are now meeting on Zoom, even though they can only see from my shoulders up, I still do it! I still put on some makeup, fix my hair, and put on a dress and some earrings. Because these kids are STRUGGLING and they need to see something normal – and they need to see that someone cares, someone that’s not just slepping around in their pajamas. No offense to anyone out there in your pajamas – but if you are a teacher and doing it, our kids deserve better.

  4. Flgrl017

    Not going to work for me with all the kids running around 😂

  5. frugal-fit-sexy

    Hardest part is having to teach my (150) hs students via eLearning and then teach my own 3 kids as well.

    • Lisa

      Yes I agree as an elementary teacher!

    • marie

      Same as a middle school teacher with elementary and high school kids of my own! I get all 3 levels 🤪

      • Renae

        Totally agree! Because of spring break this was my first day teaching online while home with my 6, 3, and 1 year old! Not the most effective but it’s a learning experience and I already have in mind changes to make!

  6. Jessica

    This is a lovely post for those without kids at home and a large enough space for a designated work station.

  7. jennifer

    Thanks guys. I occasionally worked at home to meet a deadline before but now I’m at home 24/7. I’m incredibly grateful to still be employed but it’s been a real struggle to produce at the same level. This was really helpful. For me, putting on pants and lipstick (and a top 😂) have been essential.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome! ❤️ Happy this was helpful!

      • jennifer


  8. E

    My husband always works from home, with 3 kids at home and we always homeschool. We have learned that the kids aren’t allowed down in his office except if he lets them. He got a good pair of noise cancelling headphones and a good mic for conference calls. He gets dressed in usually a polo and jeans or shorts, and puts on his shoes! Putting on his shoes helped him focus a lot better. He usually takes a break like around 3/4pm and then goes back to work for another hour or two before he comes up for dinner. It’s not perfect, but we manage.

  9. Jaimee

    This has been the only work from home tip article I’ve found useful. Thank you!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome! Thanks, Jaimee!

  10. Pat Goff

    I hate working from home. I have about 15 minutes of work a day at home even with my work phone forwarded to my home phone. All I can do is keep up with emails at home and they are few and far between. Still have to go in every two weeks to download files to the internet and enter time sheets. It is boring here at least at work there was my boss and two other girls to talk to.

  11. Paige

    OH my goodness! The cute floral bowls in tip #3 Fill your belly – where did you find those? My mom passed away 2 years ago and I received 4 of these bowls from her and I would LOVE to get more of them <3 Thank you!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi, Paige! I’m SO very sorry for your loss. 💕 Those are vintage lotus bowls. I just spoke with Lina and she collects them at various thrift stores. You may be able to find some from etsy too! Hope this is helpful!

  12. Z

    I already forgot about putting my pants and bra on…. been working from home for 3 weeks now- along with homeschooling my kids.

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