Here’s How to Make Working From Home Work For You During the Coronavirus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Hip2Keto.com.
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.
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!
5. Check your emails first.
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.
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!
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.
- Buy them on Amazon | $19.42 (set of 2)
“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.
“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.
- Buy it on Amazon | $71.99
“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.
- Buy it on Amazon | $9.89
“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
Here are a couple of product reviews we’ve posted recently that we think you may love while working from home, too!
- Work Out While You Work Thanks To This Clever Under Desk Product
- We Tested 5 Water Bottles From Expensive to Affordable – And the Winner Will Shock You!
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. 🤗
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