Here at Seafoam Media, we've been strong advocates of remote work, dating all the way back to our founding days. There's a good reason why, too! According to a study from Harvard Business Review, those who work from home are actually more productive overall than their peers at the office. This is due in part to having less distractions, less sick days, and taking less breaks to talk about what happened last week on Better Call Saul.
We're reminded of a blog post we created some time ago, touching on what it's like to be a remote worker. We covered some of the mental aspects of it, but what about the physical ones? If you work remotely, you probably have a home office setup that you prefer to do most of your tasks from. With this in mind, there are some great ways you can spruce up your home working environment to keep yourself running at maximum efficiency. Take a look below at these five tips and incorporate them into your office setup:
1. Setup your workspace away from potential distractions
A noisy environment makes for a lousy work area. Be sure to set up your space away from things like the TV, and make sure that your space doesn't coincide with someone's play or entertainment area. Choose a quiet corner, or study room if possible.
2. Clean house, clean mind
For some remote workers, myself included, keeping the house straightened up helps you to concentrate better. This may occur because you don't have the thought looming in the back of your head that you need to do the dishes or another chore. Knowing your house is clean (or in my case, acceptable) can free your brain to focus on other tasks.
3. Add some scenery
Arrange your home office near a window to ensure that you get natural light every day. Then, consider getting a plant or two. A desk or floor plant provides a nice, brief visual distraction from your screen, especially when you've been stuck looking at WordPress sites and emails all day.
4. Scent it up
Aromatherapy is a great way to keep yourself in a zen-like state. Best of all, you can control what you want it to smell like! Whether with scented plants, or something like a jasmine or lavender candle, soothing smells can help you avoid fits of procrastination.
5. Get physical
Ever done push ups at work? It'd definitely garner some stares if you were in a cubicle or an open working environment, but when working from home, you have the freedom to get a little bit of exercise whenever you feel like it! Exercise is the perfect way to de-stress, especially when you've been slugging away on a particularly long project for hours at a time. What I like to do is set an alarm that goes off a few times throughout the day. Each time it does, I take a short break, and do a set of push ups. You'll be amazed at how refreshed you feel afterwards!
Do you work from home? What are your favorite tips to stay on top of your game?
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