Many of us are working from home for the first time due to unprecedented circumstances. It can be a tricky transition from office to home office—you are no longer surrounded by coworkers, but rather, family or roommates, and your mindset might be completely different at home than at work. Despite its challenges, working from home can be a great opportunity to be productive and possibly even take your quality of work up a notch. Discover how to make the most of your home work environment with the tips provided below.
FIND THE BEST WORK SPACE FOR YOU
Do you prefer to work in complete quiet? Do you absolutely need a table or desk to work on? Or, do you like to bounce ideas off your family? These questions are essential to determine what kind of workspace you need. If you desire quiet, maybe stay in your bedroom. If you need a solid surface but don’t have one in your bedroom, buy a lightweight desk or simply work in the kitchen. If you prefer the company of others while you work, set up your space in a common area so you can interact with family or roommates throughout the day.
CLEAN YOUR SURROUNDINGS
A clean office is a happy office. Make sure that no matter where you are working—be it your bed, a desk or the kitchen table—it is free of dust and clutter. Clear your surroundings and wipe them down. A clean space will help you think with a clear mind.
It’s natural to get stressed or overwhelmed at work. When this happens, it’s perfectly okay to do something that relaxes you for a few minutes. Take five minutes to yourself, put on some calming music and take a few deep breaths. Or, apply some essential oils—like Avon Aromatherapy Minding My Mood 4-in-1 Essential Oil Blends—to your pulse points to energize and calm your senses. Taking breaks can help you stay focused and boost your productivity in the long run.
CHECK IN WITH YOUR OFFICE
If you are used to an office environment, you’re frequently talking to those around you. Working from home doesn’t need to change this. You should have frequent check-ins with your boss and coworkers to talk about work or the occasional small talk. This will help instill a sense of teamwork and achievement in your day-to-day tasks.
CREATE A ROUTINE
While a flexible schedule is a luxury, most of us thrive on a routine of some sort. Whether it’s making a to-do list each morning, having daily check-ins with your boss, or just making the same breakfast every day, consistency helps you maintain a sense of purpose and achieve your tasks and goals for the day. Once you’ve established the routine that works for you, stick to it and it will become second nature.
One of the most popular forms of routine, getting dressed is also a great activity to boost your motivation. Dressing in clothing that makes you feel good, whether it’s a nice dress or jeans and a t-shirt, will keep you in a positive state of mind. Since you’re sitting most of the day, you’ll want your ensemble to be comfortable—think knits, stretchy dresses, and black pants. You’ll also want to keep some basics on hand for the occasional video chat—a nice blazer, a crisp button-down, or a wrap dress will keep you looking polished and professional. Does your work-from-home wardrobe need an update? Check out our fashion collection for everything from cute, comfy tees to wrap dresses to chic flats.
PUT ON YOUR BEST FACE
Realistically, most people aren’t going to sit at home in a full face of makeup. To feel good (and be prepared for those impromptu video calls), create a natural beauty look with a tinted moisturizer, volumizing mascara and a light lipstick. Avon Magix Tint Brightening Tinted Moisturizer blurs imperfections while brightening your skin tone for the perfect no-makeup makeup. Follow up with a few coats of Avon True Color Love at 1st Lash Mascara for a flawless flutter. Polish off your look with a with a swipe of Avon True Color Lipstick in a light pink hue like Blush Nude or Toasted Rose for a natural-looking pout that stays all day.
Whether you choose to do it before work, on your lunch break, during a phone call or after work, moving around is essential. When we sit all day, our muscles tighten and we begin to feel sluggish. As little as 10-20 minutes of movement per day will help you feel good physically and mentally. Put on some athleisure wear and take a walk around your block, visit a friend in your building, or do a workout video online. The options are endless.