I'll add one thing: Deadlines. I started only a year ago so every month so far I've seen huge improvements since I'm still so new to it. I'd say the approach isn't terribly different than being self employed. And don’t self judge yourself, be real. Chunking days into themes and keeping a MAX of 1-3 major tasks for each helps. You probably already do this, but having a physical list on my desk keeps me on track and focused. So other advice that's worth keeping in mind: First - If you have an old computer, set that up as the "fun" computer and use your newer computer as the "work" computer. Earlier on in the year, some of us have set aside our resolutions for 2020. That's actually a really good, simple idea. As with most things, figuring out your ideal work from home style is all about balance and the most important thing is to establish a regular routine. It's easy to see how cool it is to play with your dogs while you're working, but they'll distract you and keep you from doing your job. That’s where you need longer term goals, which in the pursuit of those goals, you find fulfillment. At work when other people start going home it's a cue for us to leave as well. Meditate. Make sure you know when to step away from the (work) computer.. it's all too easy for working hours to take over personal time when working from home and before you know it the day is over which eventually leads to the wife/kids/dogs all leaving you for someone who has more time for them. I would wake up early (I'm a morning person) and go for a run, eat a healthy breakfast, and then go to school or work. Press J to jump to the feed. This. Even if it's just to go grab lunch or go eat in a park or go for a run -- get out of the house. Copy people around you who do it well. I am part of the 50 States Half Marathon Club. I've tried things like habit trackers which haven't worked. My work-from-home routine is a bit weird because I work for myself and the work is all blog, so I’ve put it last. Get out of the house every day. Thanks! I love travelling and running, so it's a goal I'm really excited about. I would go to bed early since I couldn't really stay up late on my own anyway. I paid for races so I need to train. It is the fast track to burnout city. If it’s just “I like those things”, that may not be enough. Because I would never want to be late for work and risk getting in trouble. I also can work 100% from home although I typically don’t and most times work at a coffee shop, library, etc. Environment and routines. If you want to know how to make your work-from-home routine more exciting, the five tips above will make you love this arrangement. Single. I’m not to particularly fond of call center jobs. Water helps control hunger and if you drink enough, the bathroom breaks will work as natural work pauses during the day. Edit: I do not have a problem with being productive at work. ), New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. But just be real, evaluate the tradeoffs, and choose. you could consider taking walks with your bf in the evening and just chat, and that could help replace binging TV as an activity sometimes, That's a good idea. Avoid that which moves you away from your goals. Always allow me to plan and enjoy that day. What others have already said is spot on. save. Quarantine tips: If you are finding it difficult to manage your routine amidst lockdown and work from home, here are some tips from Rujuta Diwekar that can be of help to you. What I do find that is absolutely imperative is communication. I end up staying up late watching TV with my boyfriend now (he's a night owl), sleep in til 8, and work at 8:15. For me that’s a coffee shop every morning by 8:15am. I built a room in my garage so I'm two thick doors away from the family and they're WELL aware that they CANNOT disturb me because I might be on a business call. Meet your goals and improve your life, reddit style! I knew a man who would come into Starbucks for at least 4 hours a day as it helped him focus, because he struggled to stick to a regime at home. You can like sleeping in too, and that’s the path of least resistance. So how do you keep a routine when it’s all up to you? Are you ticket based or do you get your tasks another way? For example... Email 8-9am, call clients 9-11am, 11-12 daily report submission, lunch 12-1, self development 1-3, email 3-4, plan for tomorrow 4-5. 30-Minute Full-Body Strength: Live from Home with Jess Sims With nearly 36,000 positive reviews, this full-body Peloton workout is sure to become a staple in your at-home fitness routine. Set a schedule, and stick to it... most of the time. 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