How to Stay Motivated While Working from Home
After over a month of stay-at-home orders, it's no surprise that many are having trouble staying motivated and focused while working from home. However, there are several ways you can be a more productive employee and keep your spirits up.
Set Up Your Desk Near a Window
It's important to get exposure to sunlight and a view of the outdoors. An article published by the Harvard Business Review discussed the importance of access to natural light for employees. When asked what employees feel their office lacks the most, a common recurring answer was a lack of natural light and/or a view of the outside. The article goes on to detail how multiple workplace studies have shown that deprivation of natural light can create eye-strain, fatigue, and lack of motivation in workers. Not only is sunlight a provider of Vitamin D, but it's good for your mental health too.
Consider a Standing Desk Solution
Being cooped up inside all day can create a lot of restless energy. One way to address this problem is by giving yourself the ability to stand while working. You may already have desk at your office building and find yourself missing the sit-stand flexibility it gives you. A full-size standing desk is not always practical for home use, so there are a variety of standing desk converters that sit on your existing desk or table.
If working with a two-monitor set-up or needing to have paperwork in front of you while you work, consider models like the Victor DC710G. If you have a tower unit PC, consider a model like the Victor DC450 or DC475 that is designed to accommodate a multi-screen setup with built-in monitor arms, all while taking up only a small amount of space on your desk surface.
Many of us, however, are working from home simply with a laptop. A more cost effective and space efficient solution for such cases is laptop stand models like the Victor DC240B. These models allow you to use your laptop while standing and move the unit away when you want to return to sitting. Another option is mobile standing desks like the Victor DC500 that can stand in lieu of having an actual desk to work with.
Keep Your Work Space Clean and Organized
Clutter and disorganization can create mental blocks to productivity. When there's a mountain of things piling up around you, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Keeping your work space clean of clutter and your items sorted can help put you in a more relaxed and organized state of mind. Check out our post on the importance of desktop organization to learn more about how little things like this make a big difference to your work mentality.
Taking the time to get your work space cleaned and organized will also provide a different activity for your time at home. Desktop organization products like the Victor Incline File or Tidy Tower can help keep paperwork organized and supplies neatly stored. Once the task is done, you'll have a more visually appealing and peaceful place to do work.
Stay Away From the Junk Food (With some exceptions, of course)
The cookie jar can be a tempting and recurring snack when it's only a few feet away from your work space. However, poor nutrition and too much unhealthy food contributes to a sense of lethargy and general physical unwellness. While working from home, there's no commute to worry about. Try to use the extra time to cook healthier meals. When you eat better, you feel better and work better. Of course, there's nothing wrong with having a nice afternoon snack to reward yourself for all the good work you've gotten done today either.
Put on Some Productive Music
There's no coworkers around to judge your taste in music, nor any need to listen to it with headphones anymore either! Time to put on the playlists that help get you in a focused mindset. Music both breaks up the overwhelming silence of isolation (or distracts from the noise of children and pets) and can put you in a more relaxed or energetic mood. If you're one of those people who love their vinyl record collection, now is the time to really utilize it. Having to change the record every 15 minutes will also provide some physical activity if you're not enjoying the benefits of a standing desk.
Not sure what music to play? One of our Victor employees has created a Spotify playlist of relaxing instrumental music to work along with.