If you’re used to working in an office setting, here are some work from home ideas, including a cute plus size outfit and other tips.
I’ve been working from home, blogging full-time, for about four years now. And as I mentioned recently, I think it’s important for mental health to dress for the day, even if it’s comfortable loungewear. So I couldn’t make a work from home post without a cute outfit.
This is such a simple and comfortable look. Take some camo leggings and top with a coral peplum top. So easy and so cute! You can find more ways to wear camo leggings here and here. Lastly, throw on some Adidas slides, which are so comfortable and easy to slide off and on.
Blue Light Blocking Glasses
I have these blue light blocking glasses, which I am currently wearing. If you haven’t heard of this latest “trend,” these glasses block blue light that comes from screens. They are supposed to help prevent eye-strain, headaches, and other ill-effects of staring at screens all day.
Blue light can also affect your circadian rhythm. If you are using screens (tv, computer, phone, etc) at night, theoretically, the blue light, which signals it’s daytime to your brain, can cause delayed sleep and insomnia.
That is my main reason for trying these blue light blocking glasses.
I work late at night and have always struggled with my circadian rhythm. I will try anything that might help. So far, I think they do reduce my eye-strain and I have noticed less issues falling asleep. I can’t say it is definitively the glasses, but they can’t hurt.
Set Up Your Work Environment
Create separation between work time and relaxation time as much as possible. For example, don’t work in your bed unless absolutely necessary. That way, when your workday is over, you have a dedicated space for rest.
If you don’t have a dedicated office or desk, you can adopt another living space for a temporary workspace. A folding desk is a great idea, especially so you can put work away at the end of your workday.
I have and love this folding desk! It comes pre-assembled and folded. So no need for tools. It is adjustable in height and folds up easily to be stored in a closet. You can use it from your couch, any chair, or even your bed!
It’s also lightweight so I take mine with me when traveling to visit family. Trust me, it comes in handy!
And it is the perfect size for your laptop, a mouse, a drink, and other small essentials. I have purchased more expensive “fancier” laptop desks and by far like this less expensive folding one better.
Give yourself some environmental comforts like a plant, fresh flowers, and a diffuser. I like essential oil blends for focus, but you can find tons of recipes for all types of aromatherapy on the web. Start with investing in a set of oils and experiment.
But, sometimes I just light my favorite candles when I am looking for a familiar and comforting scent. I love Prosecco Rose. I also keep a hoard of Bath & Body Works candles on standby. I stock up during their sales.
Bottom line, make your workspace comfortable, enjoyable, and set up for success.
Staying Focused – Sounds
While this is not work-from-home specific, I have a “system” for staying organized and on task. At first, I found it more difficult to be focused at home. So many distractions! So many ways to procrastinate! Not to mention the temptation to take a nap!
I find listening to music to be really helpful and motivating. I have several pairs of headphones so that I’m always prepared. I always have these old school headphones on hand in case my bluetooth headphones run out of juice. Plus, I misplace headphones all the time. So, good to have some cheap backups.
I keep all of my small electronics and charging cables, blocks, etc., in a cosmetics bag. I also include some post-its and a pen. It’s not a perfect system, but it works. Plus, when I travel, even just to Starbucks, I can throw the bag into my purse.
Sometimes I put on tv shows, like Friends or The Office, which I have seen many times. They give me background noise. And because I have seen them so many times, I don’t get distracted by the plot or jokes. If I find myself actually watching or listening, I turn it off.
Staying Focused – Visual Aids
Two items that I have found to be very helpful are Post-Its and a planner. Although I included this beautiful floral planner in my image below. I actually love this “boring” one from Moleskine. It’s not as pretty, but it works so well!
First, I use the planner to keep myself on track and organized. I can add anything I need to do one specific dates times on one side of the page.
And on the other side, which is just lined without an assigned day or time, I can put “miscellaneous” tasks that need to be done at some point during the week.
I love that separation! It allows me to jot things down on the unassigned side whenever a thought pops into my head.
This seems to free up space in my mind and keeps me focused.
Even better, I can put tasks on Post-Its and move them around as needed. That way if something isn’t accomplished, I can just move it from one date or week to the next.
But, my favorite thing to use Post-Its for is to stick one on my laptop or desk to keep myself focused. I try to put at least one, but no more than three items or tasks that I want to focus on for the time or day.
For some reason, this visual aid brings me back to make sure I am on track if I get distracted.
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