This post is brought to you by Bose. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
So many of us are working from home right now. And with newfound distractions all around, I’ve teamed up with Bose to share my best tips for working at home and actually getting things done.
These tips for working at home will help us get through this new normal
Since everything shut down a few months ago, my husband has been working from home. I’ve always worked at home since having kids, but if it’s a new normal for a lot of you I wanted to share some tips for working at home to help you be most productive.
My secret weapon for successfully working at home
I’ve teamed up with Bose today to share these tips for working at home, and their new noise cancelling headphones have basically changed my life. You can connect them to multiple devices, they have levels of noise cancellation, you can answer calls on them, they’re super comfortable, and they really do block out the noise. I’ll talk more about them below.
4 tips for working at home and actually getting things done
1. Dress the part.
You guys know I’m the kind of person who gets dressed basically every single day. When you’re working from home, but not used to it, it can be easy to get in the habit of staying in your sweats or pajamas all day. But I promise you that if you get yourself ready for the day, you’ll be so much more productive.
There’s something magical about doing your hair, adding a little bit of makeup, and putting on normal clothes that makes you feel like yourself.
You don’t need heels or a blazer, but toss on a pair of dress pants or nice jeans with comfortable top, or put on a stretchy dress, and I promise you I’ll make a world of difference.
2. Time block
I started time blocking about a year ago, and it’s made a huge difference in my ability to get things done.
I time block my days first — I schedule all of my calls for a certain day (since having several throughout the week was incredibly distracting for me and I struggled to get the rest of my work done throughout the day). I have an entire day dedicated to writing blog posts. I have a dedicated day each week to film and photograph my content. And so on.
And then within that day, you can also time block, like 1 hour spent on emails, and then 1 hour spent on spreadsheets, then a quick break and 2 hours spent on fulfilling orders. Or whatever tasks your job requires.
I also find it hugely helpful to set an alarm so I stay on task. Try it!!
3. Find a dedicated space
Not everyone has a home office, and if you and your spouse or roommates or whomever are also working from home, it can feel a little crowded. So find a dedicated space and make it your spot. I have a home office, but my husband doesn’t. So he uses our bedroom as his office. When the doors are closed, we work hard to not interrupt.
I’d recommend not setting up at the kitchen table where people will constantly be walking by. Find a spot, add a folding table if needed, close the door, and make it your little work sanctuary.
4. Block out noise
With my kids at home all day, I really struggle to stay focused if I can hear them. So my Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are a huge help. You can see them here! They truly block out the sound, and I’m instantly able to focus. I actually love turning white noise on in them, and that helps my focus even more when there’s noise, but it’s calm, quiet, and constant.
They’re actually so incredible – they have augmented reality capabilities that track your movement and surroundings to tailor your audio to wherever you are. What! So incredible.
Here are a other few reasons I love these headphones:
- They’re really comfortable and I can wear them for hours at a time without any discomfort
- The sound on them is fantastic, both for listening and for calls. On phone calls, they isolate your voice and cancel out the noise around you, so your voice is heard loud and clear.
- They have three levels of noise cancellation – zero, five, and ten.
- The battery life is really long and lasts almost 20 hours between recharging
- They can connect to several devices at once — I like to have them connected to my phone and my computer
- They connect to a voice assistant (Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa – you select in the app) with a push of a button
I’d love to know what else you’re doing right now to help you more successfully work from home! Any other great tips? Leave a comment here or over on my Instagram post this morning!
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