Like my colleagues, and most of America, I’m now working remotely from the comfort of my own home while this Pandemic continues. We’re under strict orders by our governor to stay at home, our schools are closed and it seems like the world has come to a stand still. So, like many, I’m having to adjust not only where I work, but how I work. I’m sharing a few tips for creating the perfect temporary office in your own space, and a few products to help you crush your daily work goals.
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Create Your Workspace
I’m very fortunate to have a home office. It’s roomy and I recently updated it. Now that I’m home, I find myself splitting time between the desk in my home office, and the kitchen counter! Oh the joys of a laptop! I bop back and forth for a couple of reasons, I like to stand when I work because my old booty does get tired of sitting at the desk, and moving into the kitchen keeps me in the heart of my home.Standing up is so much better for our health, and my Apple Watch is very proud of me when I stand. Either option works for me! This Adjustable Sit-Stand Mobile Laptop Computer Desk is portable and will fit nicely into any room in your home. I love the wheels! Wheeeee!!!
Listen to Some Tunes
I’m not sure about you, but I have to listen to music whether I’m working, or at home in the kitchen (watching my husband cook of course). A portable bluetooth speaker is a must! You can stream from your favorite devices, and place it anywhere that’s convenient for you. We have an older model of the Megaboom speaker, and it is absolutely amazing. It provides a big sound and has a ridiculously long battery life. We keep it connected to our Amazon Echo for streaming, but we could just as easily hook it up to our phones via bluetooth. Love this thing! Here are a few of my favorite stations.
- Hipster BBQ Radio on Pandora
- Hotel Poolside on Amazon Prime Music
- Relaxing Jazz Radio on Pandora
- Seventies on Seven on Sirius XM
- Watercolors on Sirius XM
Organize Your Stuff
Did you have to bring home papers and files? Then grab a portable “filing station” like this one to keep all of your necessities at hand – from papers to pens to files and sticky notes, they’ll fit in here. I love that this 4-Drawer Rolling Storage Cart can be moved into a closet, or tucked into a corner, and hidden from view if necessary.
Stay Charged Up
A charging station is essential to staying plugged in and charged up. Keeping one at your desk or work station assures that you’ll never miss an important email or update (and you can keep streaming your music onto that bluetooth speaker! You’ll keep your watch and phone charged up and ready to go with the Posh Tech Dual 2-in-1 Charging Stand. I like having my phone on a stand. It makes it much easier to see who’s calling or texting.
Stay Organized and On Task
I generally use the calendar on my phone for appointments, meetings and tasks. But I also like the redundancy of having something written down on paper. I know, I’m old school. I like to use a good old fashioned legal pad to record what I have scheduled and the tasks I’ve completed. There’s just something about that check mark that gives me a feeling of accomplishment! It’s also a great resource to refer to if you need to check on a previous task. I think I might need this Lilly Pulitzer Weekly Desk Pad! Think how nice it would be to have it to record your day or to plan your menu. Bonus: it’s cute!
A Few Final Tips
Though I’m still working on my daily work-from-home routine, these are a few things I’ve discovered that work for me.
- Establish a schedule – for me that means getting up, getting dressed, putting on my make-up and “going to work”. Getting dressed and doing my makeup makes me feel better about myself. Period. And I’ll admit, there have been a few days when I wore leggings and a comfy sweatshirt, but at least it matched! LOL. But I’ve found I’m not nearly as productive if I am in my pj’s and fluffy slippers. But that’s just me. You do you.
- Take breaks – I push myself away from the computer, and enjoy a lunch hour. Bonus – the weather has been so nice, I’ve been eating lunch out on the patio! It’s a magical way to spend the hour. I also take little walks around the neighborhood when I find my mind wandering or worrying. Brain breaks are so good for your mental health!
- Have a quitting time. And stick to it. It’s tempting to keep checking your email and your phone. And yes, sometimes you need to do so. But when it’s quitting time, it’s quitting time. Those regular tasks will still be there tomorrow. Your brain needs to rest!
- Extend yourself a little grace. Your mind and body and soul are stressed and worried. There’s so much going on out there, it’s okay to not be okay. So care for yourself. If you need a day off. Take a day off. If you need to take the afternoon to escape into a book, do it. Escape! You have my permission.
Finally, I leave you with this…it’s so easy to get caught up in worry and stress over this situation. As a Christian, I know who holds my future, and that gives me peace. He’s got this. Always has, always will.
Mathew 6:26-30 26 Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. 27 Will all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. 29 Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?