Are you working from home? If you’re anything like me and millions of other millennials, you probably don’t have a home office. For that reason, your work spaces are limited, WE GET IT. Chances are you probably already established a WFH spot, but you’re probably getting sick of it, as well. The cure? Changing it up. We rated some spots around the house based on productivity and have provided you with tips on how to amp them up.
0/10 WORKING FROM BED; I know, I know, easier said than done. It’s too easy when you can roll over and clock- in, especially if your job is anything like mine which doesn’t require you to work on zoom. But here’s the tea: getting up, getting out of bed (fine you can stay in your PJ’s), and moving into a legit work space is CRUCIAL. TBH, I don’t have a desk and can’t afford one right now, so I’ve had to get creative with making a space which I like to change up. Below, you will find some spots in the house that I’ve found are more WFH APPROVED.
8/10 THE KITCHEN TABLE; There are rules to this. First, clear it off so it at least looks desk-ish. Light up a candle, put a little plant, picture frame, or something non-kitchen related next to you to remind you of that good ‘ole office. If you have a speaker and can focus on work with music playing, go ahead and jamout! By the way, there are perks to working with nobody around so take advantage of this and lock in.
6/10 THE COUCH; Okay, so this is not much more ideal than the bed BUT it is better. Why? Because let’s be real. The kitchen table chair hurts my back after a while. You should also turn the TV off. Don’t abuse using blankets or else you will get too cozy. Consider wearing shoes so that you keep your feet on the floor. If you’re gonna work from the couch, ditch the PJ’s and get dressed. Also, try to stand up every 30-40 minutes. I keep my “booty bands” by the couch and perform 10 squats every hour (that equates to 80 by the end of the day--OH YES! SAY HEY TO THE GAINS) Men, you can do the same with weights or by performing push-ups. It’s all about doing whatever gets your blood pumpin, no judgement here.
5/10 A FRIEND'S HOUSE; Do you have friends? Do they have wifi? We hope so (if not, feel free to hit me up) Though this isn't ideal for productivity, it’s nice to leave your own home and legit change up the atmosphere. I recommend working from a different room from your friend because this is work time, not happy hour. However, just being in someone else’s domain can revamp your motivation. If you two can stay distant and focused, this is a great way to change up your day and have lunch-time with an actual fellow human being.
7/10 THE BATHROOM; Okay okay, hear me out on this one because creativity is key. I am not suggesting you should work with your “work material” on the bowl (unless that’s your thing, do you). However, even if it’s for just an hour a day you and you are in need of a change of scenery, try this spot. Open up the shades and let some natural light in. You can also dim the lights just to change up the atmosphere. Light up a candle to reset the mood. Try sitting on the floor and leaning up against the bathtub or shower for a new spot to sit.
This may be a bit much but hear me out: If your family is like mine and doesn’t use the tub (our shower is separate FYI and we’re too tall to lay comfortably) lay a comfy blanket in there and work from that space for a little. The bathroom has its perks because there is very little distraction, no TV or really anything to look at other than the toilet bowl. It’s actually almost so uncomfortable that if you truly want to be productive, I recommend this space highly because the sooner your work is done, the sooner you can get back to a comfortable spot. Next, lock yourself in the bathroom and sit on the floor for a half hour. No more procrastinating.