Need to work from home? No worries! We do this all the time at Eight Clients (we actually have no official office hours). Here are some tips from the team on how to stay productive and motivated while working from home.
Get a plant to talk to
Need to vent about Google Docs? Why not substitute your coworker Mitch for a peace lily. They’re also great to look at and science says plants are good too.
Get the fastest internet possible
Working from WeWork means we are used to stupidly fast internet but our internet connections at home aren’t always as fast. That’s OK. Most work can be done with an OK connection so a little planning can also help. Need to upload a TB of photos? Do it at the office or overnight at home.
Talk to people
Little things like knowing the name of Terry, the barista down the road makes more for social engagements. If you get super lonely, try working from a cafe or the local library every now and then.
Have good posture
Make sure you have the proper workspace set up so you’re comfortable and efficient. Get a monitor, a decent chair and external keyboard. PS, this is all tax deductible so remember to keep your receipts! Create your work space – Find the right spot, table, chair, lighting for the job. A designated work space at home will help you be more focused.
Don’t work in your PJ’s – Do everything you would do to get ready for work in the morning, to put you in the right mind set. Create a reward system = 1 cookie for every task you complete. We like working using the Palmero timing system. Here’s a Google Chrome plugin that helps you keep track. Go for walk outside before sitting down to start work. Vitamin D is important for your body to realise it is actually awake. Make your bed as soon as you wake up – it encourages you to keep productive, rather than sleeping in! Drinking water also wakes your body up and keeps you hydrated and alert. Have an accountability buddy. Have someone who you tell your goals for the day and check in with them twice. Its surprisingly effect to just have someone who you have to tell that you didn’t do the thing. Plan WFH days when you do need to run life admin errands. This can be your sunshine time before you start work or a break in between.
Unload the dishwasher
When your partner comes home from a long day at the office and you’ve been working from home all day, please, for the love of all things holy, have the dishwasher unloaded.
Don’t turn on the TV, ever
That’s it for now! If you have any more tips, let us know!