Tips on How to Have a Fun Working Environment at Home

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Working from home is one of the best opportunities we can have in life.  When we work at home, we get to spend more time with our family. We don’t have to get stuck in a traffic jam or squeeze in with the rushing crowd. We don’t have to stand for long hours while waiting for a cab. And the best part? We feel secure as we are always safe inside our own homes.

However, work is still work even if it means working from home. At some point, we have to brave moods that don’t help with our productivity. The challenge is even greater for those who work from home. Of course, it is easier to sleep, eat or watch TV than it is to work on a bad day.

Luckily, there are home office hacks that you can do to boost productivity, improve your mood, and help you make each day in the home office as fun as can be.

Warm Up

Studies show that starting the day with stretches or even a quick workout improves blood circulation throughout the day. Good blood circulation allows proper distribution of nutrients throughout your body making you feel energized.

Warming up before starting your day, in general, also helps you feel awake. So if you are working on becoming a morning person, instead of hitting that snooze button, get up, stretch and start your day at once.

Hydrate

Water is the elixir of life. If you are looking at upping your productivity in the home office, always keep a glass of water within reach.

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is not cliche. In fact, time and time again, researchers make discoveries that connect water intake to a person’s well-being. For one, did you know that the brain’s efficiency is highly affected by the amount of water in the body? Lots of water means better brain power.

home-office-1034939_640Keep your workspace tidy

A messy workspace is not a very ideal sight to see at the beginning of your day. It affects your mood and your energy, and tidying your desk up will keep you from starting on the actual work.

Keeping a tidy desk is a challenge, especially when you’re working from home on a daily basis. Here are 3 tidying hacks you can do about it:

  1. Keep a trash receptacle nearby. This way, you won’t have to wait until your next trip to the kitchen to throw away trash.
  2. Take about 10 minutes at the end of your work day to tidy up your workspace.
  3. Refrain from eating on your desk! Whether it is a quick bite or an actual meal, don’t do it on your desk.

Try aromatherapy

The perks of employing aromatherapy to your daily grind at the home office is endless. Aromatherapy lifts your mood, boosts your focus, curbs your anxiety, eliminates stress, and so much more. If you are in need of a sure-fire way to boost your productivity when you’re working from home, get some incense in that home office.

The best aromatic oils to use for this purpose are lavender, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon and jasmine.

Up your cork board game

Cork boards are often, if not always, used as the proxy of a fridge in the office. They contain a bunch of loose notes to remind you of all the things you need to do. While this is an effective way to help you keep tabs of important stuff, there is a fun way around this.

Up your cork board game by turning your good old reminder board to an inspiration board. Turn it into a place to remind you of why you are doing the work you do and the goals your work helps you achieve.

Think of the things that motivate you. Is it the kind words of your customers? Is it a photo of a place you want to visit? Is it a picture of your family? Use whatever floats your productivity boat.

So whenever you feel down in the dumps, look around your home office and see if you can use any of the above hacks to pick yourself up.

 

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