Whether you’ve been working from home for a while or you’ve recently had to make a change, creating an environment in your home that is conducive to work can be a challenge. So what can you do to prepare yourself, both physically and mentally, to look and feel good while working from home? Take a look at some of our tried and true tips that are sure to get you excited for your work from home experience.
The first thing you’ll want to do is create a schedule for yourself. One of the biggest challenges that people face when working from home is the amount of distractions that can come up and feeling torn on where their focus should be.
Decide when you’ll start your work day and when you’ll finish. Set up breaks throughout the day for yourself, including a lunch break. This will ensure that you don’t get too burned out from your work, and give you some free moments to do things such as unload the dishwasher, laundry, or just close your eyes for a few moments to regroup.
It can be tempting to sleep in and then roll over and pull out your laptop while in bed. Make it a point to wake up early so that you have enough time to properly prepare for the day. Get some exercise in. Make yourself a good breakfast. Give yourself some time to just be by yourself and mentally prepare for your work day before jumping right into your emails and to-do lists.
We get it — with a work from home schedule it’s very possible that you’ll be staying in your house the entire day, and you might not see a single human being outside of your family or house mates. Making an effort to get ready all the way, every day, will work wonders in helping you feel good while working from home.
How you look should be more for you than anyone else, so get dressed and go through the same routine you would if you were going into an office full of colleagues. We promise it will make a world of difference!
So what are some of the best articles of clothing to wear when working from home? The novelty of wearing pajamas can be fun for a while, but we’ve found that getting ready and getting dressed helps one to be more confident and effective in their work. However, this doesn’t mean that comfort needs to be compromised. There are plenty of ways to dress comfortably while still looking put together!
Cardigans and sweaters make for great layering pieces, making it easy to throw together a professional outfit while still staying comfortable. Layer a women’s cardigan sweater over a cute blouse, or a men’s cardigan sweater over a button up shirt for a work-appropriate ensemble. Leave the top button or two undone- you’ll be able to maintain that level of comfort while still looking ready for your work day.
One major key to your at-home work wardrobe is a few pairs of comfortable pants. You don’t want to wear pajama pants every day, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go with something constricting or over the top. Men’s chinos are a great option for looking put together while still staying comfortable. For the ladies, a few pairs of high waisted pants or even thick leggings are a great way to go.
Save those oversized t-shirts for another day. Intentionally choosing a good shirt or top is sure to make your ensemble one that is work appropriate and that helps you feel more ready for your day. Opt for a good men’s button down shirt to wear with your chinos, or choose a tunic top to layer over your leggings with your favorite cardigan. When it comes to shirts, tops and blouses, there are plenty of options to choose from to look professional while still staying comfortable.
When it comes to working from home, we know that there is a way to maintain that level of comfort that we all want while still making an effort to look professional and put together. As you get ready to make the most of your time working from home, be sure to consider some of our tips for making it as successful as possible!