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If you’re like many of us, the chances are that you’re still required to work from home — or you’ve selected this as your new normal from here on out.
Even though our homes are typically a place to unwind from the day’s work, they’ve now become the centerpiece of our life. They are now where we live, work, play, and relax all in one location. That means spending summer indoors and working.
For those of us who have waved goodbye to the daily commute and workdays in the city, there’s a good chance you’re not getting out as much as you used to and not experiencing that incredible summer weather.
If that sounds like you, here are some tips on how to take advantage of working from home this summer. Let’s take a look!Summer’s just around the corner, learn how to avoid summertime work blues by following these tips! Click To Tweet
Get Up and Work Outside
Our first tip is a rather basic one, though important nonetheless.
We suggest getting up when you can and taking your workspace outside. You’ll, of course, want to stay out of the direct sun, and your laptop will thank you for this. Keeping your work zone under an outdoor umbrella or on your back patio is the perfect place to start.
If you’re like most of us, you’re likely thinking, ‘I’ll get far too distracted to be productive outside’. However, with some noise-canceling headphones and just a tad of self-discipline, we think you’ll be a-okay.
One last thing to note about working outdoors is that you may want to consider a weather-friendly cushioned chair.
Restructure Your Day
Having worked from home for the past ten months, we can tell you that there’s no better way to seize the weather than to take control of your day’s routine.
We know that a 9 to 5 schedule is typical, and it does hold on to a sense of normalcy. However, getting a handle on summer does require a bit of a change.
With that in mind, we suggest around lunchtime to get outdoors and have some fun. You might find it effortless to wake up a little earlier and start work from 7 and work through to 10 am. If that’s you — do it! Take a long break from 10 through until 2 or 3 pm and get back to work until your 5 pm cut off or 6 pm, and you’ll find that you’ve had time to soak up the summer sun.
If you’re in a city that doesn’t have lockdown measures in place, you might even be able to head down to your local cafe, the beach, or anywhere else during this midday break before coming home to finalize your projects.
Invest in Some Outdoor Furniture
Going back to our first tip, working outdoors, we suggest investing in a workspace explicitly for the outdoors.
We know that it is a little hard to find office furniture designed for the outside world. However, outdoor settings do work just as well.
Brands like Remarkable Furniture offer a ton of pieces that will work great for your outdoor workspace. With full-fledged outdoor settings, you’ll be able to find enough workspace for everything you need to do.
Make sure you work to pair these tables with great work-friendly chairs. You’ll want to be sure you’re sitting comfortably and ergonomically for hours on end.
Push Efficiency to the Limit
Our final tip here is to take your daily productivity to a whole new level.
We know you have it in you, and that said, go all out on getting as much done at work as productively as possible. Make use of productivity boosters like timers, and you’ll be on the way to racing the clock to get your job done a little earlier every day.
With that said, you might find that you learn to work faster on a routine basis, and your entire day’s workflows become more profitable and more effortless.
It’s always good to note that your reward for a job well done and a job done fast is being able to spend some time out in the sun with friends and family. So, working more efficiently, rather than slow and steady, might be the go this summer.
Working from home doesn’t have to be as mundane and boring during summer as you thought. With a little change to your schedule, workspace, and pace that you work, you’ll be able to soak in the summer sun!
Do you ever work outside or at a coffee shop?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.