Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At Home
Tell me if this has ever happened to you.
So, you’re working at home, slugging along, when you get the urge to make yourself coffee. That’s fine. You need a break. But as you’re making coffee, you realize that the kitchen is a mess. So you start washing out the dishes that have piled up in the sink. Then you see, that there’s some laundry that needs to be washed, so you go ahead and do that.
Three hours later, you realized you’ve used up hours of your office time taking care of housework! Not cool.
It’s great working at home. But along with the freedom that you gain by doing it, are the pitfalls that lead you off the path of productivity. And they’re all over your house!
Here are a few techniques to help you stay focused and motivated during those hours that you need to spend on work at home. Because staying healthy while working at home will keep you functioning at your peak level of performance! And that’s a good thing when you’re building your own home-based business.
It’s Still An Office, Treat It Like One
You hear of people working at home in their pajamas, or in bed or on the kitchen table. You should not do this! The best way to start your day is to have a healthy breakfast, a light exercise, if that’s part of your daily routine, then a shower! A shower works wonders for your overall frame of mind.
Then dress appropriately. While you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, wear something that prepares your mind for work. And your PJ won’t do the trick. Just be sure they’re comfortable.
Since it is technically your office, then create a schedule for your day. And make sure you stick to it! Create a routine that sets out your tasks for the day, this way, you can achieve what you need to achieve, without leaving anything out.
A good trick is to physically write down your tasks like you would at your regular office. A physical list will allow you to prioritize your tasks, as well as organize your thoughts.
Finally, make sure you’re properly rested. I know you’re home, but don’t think that just because you are in your house you can sleep late and wake up late on the days you’re supposed to be working. When you’re well rested, your mind works better, and you feel better. Remember, you never plan on being late to a regular job. Don’t be late to your own business.
Don’t Forget To Move, Drink, And Snack Healthy
Sitting at a desk for hours on end can’t be good for you. In fact, it can be downright lethal! Staying at your desk for long periods causes tension all over your body, especially the neck and back. This can result in chronic pain in those areas.
Repetitive movements, especially on the wrist while typing could also strain your wrist muscles, which can also lead to injury and pain.
Staying seated for long hours decreases blood flow to the legs, which can lead to a deadly condition called deep vein thrombosis. These are clots that form in the blood vessels in your legs which, if they are dislodged, could lead to either your lungs or your heart, and could conceivably block blood vessels. This is why people who are on long haul flights are told to exercise their legs, even when they’re seated.
To avoid all these, you need to move every couple of hours. Don’t plant yourself at your desk for the whole day. Stand up, pace around a bit. Take a few minutes to stretch your arms and move your legs.
There’s also the temptation to binge on foods that are not really healthy. You know, since you’re at home, why not? Well, don’t! Switch out the chips and the chocolate bars for healthier alternatives like nuts or fruits. Schedule your lunch into your day. Make sure you break the monotony with some healthy snacking!
And make sure you drink throughout the workday. There’s a big chance that you will become dehydrated because you either forget to drink, or think that coffee will suffice (it won’t), or you confuse thirst with hunger. This leads you to eating more when all you actually are is thirsty.
Proper hydration allows your brain to function optimally. And it also prevents you from getting tired too soon. So don’t discount those eight glasses of water each day!
One thing you must not do is work in bed, the TV room, the kitchen table, or anywhere else that can distract you into doing any other activity other than work. So if at all possible, you should designate an area in your home where you will do nothing but your work. This will help you focus on the tasks at hand.
Once that’s done, then you need to properly invest in good office furniture.
This is something that not everyone who’s starting a home-based business can afford. It’s even questionable if everyone can even spare a spot in their home to be designated as the home office! But if you can, it’s advisable that you do.
Making your workspace comfortable is essential because you will be spending hours of your day there. Being comfortable at work will relax you, and make you more creative and productive. Even if you are unable to designate a specific spot in your house as a home office, and you have to work from the kitchen table or counter, you can at least get an ergonomic chair that will ensure that your back is properly supported while your working.
You can then ensure that your workspace is properly lighted. And not just any light. Make sure, if you do not have direct sunlight going into your work area, that you use artificial daylight lamps and bulbs so that they simulate daylight. This is especially helpful during winter months when the lack of sunlight can affect your energy level and your mood, making you feel weak, depressed, irritable, and definitely less productive.
Home Office vs Home Life
The trick with having a home office is finding the proper balance between home and the office. And this can be a real problem. While it may be acceptable to sometimes work beyond your allotted schedule for the day, such as when you’re trying to meet a deadline, it’s never acceptable to make this the rule rather than the exception.
Set boundaries. This means knowing when the work day ends, and when home time begins! This helps set a healthy balance in your daily life. Which is important, because one of the reasons you probably started your own business is to be able to spend more time with your family and friends.
Conversely, your family and friends must also understand that during those hours of the day that you are working, that they should limit personal intrusions as much as possible. Let them know that you are not free to chat or do other things during certain hours of the day. Let them treat you as if you were still going to work. And you are! Just not for somebody else.
Health Is Wealth
We’ve touched on this theme in a couple of posts now, but it always bears repeating because you can’t emphasize it enough. Your health is indeed your greatest wealth! Without it, you cannot be an effective entrepreneur. And when you succeed, you won’t enjoy your success as much or at all if you’re sick.
This article hopes to help you find ways to make your home office experience enjoyable and relaxing, as well as healthy. Your overall well being should never elude your sight even as you pour your efforts into making a business that will benefit you and your family.
Never place your wealth over your health anytime. They don’t need to be mutually exclusive. There are ways to achieve one while working on the other. Hopefully, this article gave you a few ideas on how to find that perfect balance between the home and the home office.