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April 10, 2024 3 min read


Hello there, everyone! Brendan here with another blog for you, this time commemorating a holiday that I think a lot of us celebrated for a few years even if we didn't know it. Today is International Work From Home Day, and in honor of that, I wanted to share a few tips for staying productive and healthy while WFH.

This may seem a bit late, but studies have shown that there is an increasing number of people working from home even after lockdown. As a result, I wanted to provide them with these tips and tricks; be sure to add your own in the comments as well!

Set a Routine

Whatever work you do, and wherever you did it before, setting and maintaining a routine is one of the most important things that you can do. Part of the reason some businesses are apprehensive about working from home is because they worry that a lack of structure will translate to reduced employee productivity.
Bucking that concern by starting and finishing work at the same time every day will help put their minds at ease, as well as your own. It will help to reinforce the feeling of a work-life balance, and the structure will make it easier to resume long-term projects or tasks and keep yourself accountable for the number of hours you need to work. Integrating the usual hygiene-related tasks into your routine will also help to prevent bad habits on that front, and help you feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Get Out of the House and Exercise

Exercising while working from home is crucial for maintaining both physical and mental well-being. Incorporating regular exercise routines helps counteract the sedentary nature of many remote work setups, reducing the risk of health issues like cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Moreover, exercise releases endorphins, which can alleviate stress and boost mood, enhancing productivity and overall job satisfaction. By prioritizing physical activity, you can improve their energy levels, focus, and resilience, ultimately promoting a healthier work-life balance in the remote work environment.

Maintain a Space Just For Work

A designated workspace can help minimize distractions from household activities, such as chores, television, or family members. It allows you to create an environment conducive to concentration and productivity, which can be challenging in a home environment. 

When you enter this space, you mentally prepare yourself for work, which can enhance focus and productivity. It creates a physical separation that signals to your brain that it's time to work. It can also help you mentally "leave work behind" at the end of the day when you physically exit the workspace.

Make Sure to Socialize

Something that's lost when working from home is the socializing that often comes with office work. While some people consider this a boon, those interactions help to keep the mind sharp and provide an opportunity to connect with others in places where we spend the majority of our day. To lose these interactions and the benefits they provide can be detrimental, so try and maintain them whenever you can. This can involve going out with friends, interacting with your coworkers through social apps or other options. 

Engaging in social activities outside of work also helps to alleviate stress, promote relaxation, and prevent burnout by offering a much-needed break from the demands of remote work. These interactions can also stimulate new ideas and provide valuable support networks that contribute to overall job satisfaction and personal fulfillment. 

Communicate With Your Bosses

This may seem like an obvious one, but it's also absolutely critical. Keeping in contact with your bosses helps ensure alignment on goals, expectations, and priorities, reducing the likelihood of misunderstandings or miscommunications. Regular updates allow bosses to stay informed about your progress, challenges, and achievements, fostering trust and confidence in your abilities.

Moreover, frequent communication enables timely feedback and support, facilitating problem-solving and ensuring that you receive the guidance you need. It helps to keep things transparent and the machine of your business working more effectively. Even if you have a question or concern that you fear might be redundant, reach out about it anyways. It may help you catch a mistake or misconception before it becomes a major issue!

Hopefully these tips help keep you and your work successful, whatever your position might be. Working from home is definitely a double-edged sword. If something does go wrong, try not to be too hard on yourself; odds are it's come up before and been resolved. Have a good week; this is Brendan, signing off for now.

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