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Working From Home? Top Tips for Crushing Your Work, Social, and Fitness Goals.

Katie Moore
Mar 15 · 7 min read
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We are a society built on routines.

We set our morning alarm.

Maybe we hit snooze. Maybe we hit it again.

But we eventually get up, brush our teeth, get dressed, grab coffee, commute to work, socialize a bunch, commute back home, eat dinner, watch Netflix, go to bed. And then do it all over again. Day in and day out.

Having a routine gives our days structure. It’s our work flow. Our system of managing time and priorities. And all of a sudden, practically overnight, our everyday routines have been thrown a huge curveball.

What do you do when you suddenly find yourself working at home with your spouse for 8 hours a day?

How do you socialize when you’re trying to avoid public places?

And what the hell do you do with all this extra time now that EVERYTHING IS CANCELED?

Keep reading as I share with you all of my tips for surviving the next month working from home and making new routines to keep yourself sane. For the past two years I’ve been working for a company with a very prominent work-from-home culture and so I’ve had plenty of practice perfecting the art of the WFH.

So let’s start off with this idea of “working from home.” Tell me this doesn’t sound freaking fantastic at first? You can sleep in, ditch the commute, and wear your Jedi bathrobe all day. But just like everything shiny and new, this gets really old fast. All of a sudden you find yourself pasty white because you haven’t seen sunlight in days and you’ve already spilled coffee all over your robe but you’re just too lazy to change. (Ok maybe that got a little personal). But you get the point. So how do you optimize your routine? How do you make it productive and enjoyable without getting stuck in a rut?

Here are my top five solutions to optimize your new work from home experience:

  1. Give yourself time in the morning. Now I don’t have kids or a dog so obviously this will be different for everybody. But there have been a couple of things very successful people do in the mornings that I just haven’t given myself the time to incorporate. This includes: journaling, meditating, working out, and reading. Not saying I’m going to do all those things at once, but heck! With an extra two hours of my life back without having a commute, meditating and working out in the mornings sounds like a pretty good start.
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So what about socializing? So many of us get a lot of our social interactions from coworkers in the workplace. Fortunately, we live in an age where you can still be socially active without having to physically be somewhere to do it.

Here are three social things you can do at home to achieve this:

  • FaceTime everyone. Your mom, your friends, even your coworkers. Seeing someone’s face — even if it’s just on a screen — is so much better than just a text or phone call. Use tools like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom to make this happen as much as you need.
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Finally we move onto exercise and staying physically active at home. I love group classes because they motivate me to work out. But this month, it’s a little harder to do that. So I’m gonna Jane Fonda this sh** and do some at-home workouts.

Here are four quick and easy ways to get a good workout in:

  • Check out Instagram. Some of my favorite fitness coaches have free tutorials on their Instagram pages. Take Charlee Atkins for instance. She used to be a SoulCycle instructor and now she’s a personal trainer who shares some amazing body weight and abs exercises you can do on a yoga mat at home.

And finally…perhaps the most important advice of all is create structure for yourself. We’re all creatures of habits, and for the next month or so, we can choose to creature a structured routine or very easily fall into bad habits. Do what you can to organize your day in a way that makes you feel like you can balance your work and home life. Don’t spend all of your time working. Give yourself breaks, but in a strategic way. I personally like to use a planner, but sticky notes work well. There are a bunch of apps that can remind you to step away from your computer as well, including Time Out, Tomato Timer, and Break Timer.

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Katie Moore

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YouTube creator, self-proclaimed biohacker, and all-around goofball. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyqHPsR1eKEPSunlp6E-LSQ

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Katie Moore

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YouTube creator, self-proclaimed biohacker, and all-around goofball. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyqHPsR1eKEPSunlp6E-LSQ

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