For many of us, the digital age has taken the morning commute out of the working mom equation. Have laptop, will work (from home, that is). Working from home certainly has its advantages; you just can't beat the flexibility, lack of traffic jams, and dress code. But it definitely has its challenges too, so we're sharing our top tips on how to work smarter from home.
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Our Top Tips on How to Work Smarter From Home
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- Act the part. Although your home work office is bound to be more casual than your typical work environment, you should still act "as if." Following your regular routine sets up your day and mentally prepares you for a work mindset. So, get up, shower, brush those teeth, and change out of your jammies.
- Make a "to do" list. Start each work session with a top 5 "to do" list. This list should pertain to work tasks only and be reasonable expectations for your work day. This sets your intentions for the day, and gives you a clear path and direction and will enable you to stay "on task" throughout your work day.
- Take regularly scheduled breaks. Take a walk around, stretch, practice a few yoga poses or spend your time meditating. We have recently been introduced to the Mudra by Kali Zoe Designs. This acupressure jewelry (designed by two sisters) not only helps to reduce stress, keep the mind open and focused, but brings calm, serenity and mindfulness to the workspace in a few short minutes. A mudra is an all natural way to increase your circulation, aid in digestion, relieve sinus pressure, alleviate migraines and headaches, help withy anxiety and balance your QI. We love that you can customize your Mudra and have it reflect your personal style.
- Dedicate a space that's meant for getting the job done. Whether you have a separate home office, or have a dual functioning living room, organize a space that is designated for work. Stockpile it with the supplies you'll need to work comfortably and efficiently throughout the day. Everything you need should be within reach so that you can stay on task, maintain focus and, most of all, be productive. Let's face it, at the end of the day, if you're not exactly working while you're home, the office isn't the only thing you'll be missing.
- Stick to a schedule.This can be a fluid, flexible timeline, but you should establish "work hours" so that when quitting time comes, your mind can stick with your heart and you get to really reap the benefits of being a work-at-home parent.
Do you work from home? How do you get the job done?
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