If you haven’t noticed by now, summer is on its way! Unfortunately, the shift in the seasons doesn’t often mean a change to our working conditions. And especially for those of us who work from home, it can get pretty monotonous staring at the same four walls day in day out. If the closest you’ve gotten to a beach so far this year is your desktop screensaver or endless shots of #hotdoglegs on Instagram, its time to freshen things up. Okay, maybe becoming a digital nomad is a little outside of the realms of possibility for you right this moment, but there are several little hacks you can try to bring the summer into your home office.
Plan In A Happy Hour
Just because you’re at home all day, doesn’t mean time has to melt into one big block. Why not create your own happy hour to give midweek a lift? Personalise a little ritual for you and how you like to operate – whether that is lunchtime ice-cream sundaes on a Thursday or frozen margaritas on a Friday night. It will give you something to look forward to and add a deadline to work towards. Pair it with an evening away from home – use www.theticketmerchant.com.au to find gig tickets or a comedy show to go to after ‘post-work drinks’.
Change Up Your Schedule
Although one of the joys of working from home is surely being more flexible with your hours, most of us are actually creatures of habit and stick to the same routine. Why not create more of a distinction for summer by changing your working pattern to take advantage of the lighter mornings? Start work an hour earlier and be strict with yourself about leaving your home office to get outside at 4 pm. Or, if you have lots of meetings to attend, block them in for the start of the week using a scheduling app so you can duck out on a Friday afternoon.
Brighten Up Your Desk
If the same old view is getting you down, how about changing your desk décor? Colours and images have the power to affect our mood and productivity. Use boards on Pinterest or sites like www.mydomaine.com/tags/office-decor to browse for home office inspiration. Hunt down cute printables, poster art and introduce fresh flowers to give your desk a lift and let yourself know its summer outside somewhere.
Lighten Up Lunch
If you’re still sticking to the same can of soup each lunchtime or a hastily grabbed piece of toast, its great to find some fresh, healthy lunch ideas to switch it up. The beauty of home working is the ability to prepare something new to eat at midday. And instead of wolfing down a sandwich at your desk while checking your emails, prioritise going outside to eat or for a quick walk. Even if its only 20 minutes, it breaks the day up, gives your brain a blast of oxygen and stops you missing out on all the nice weather. Studies show it can actually make you more productive and creative, so you’ll gain that 20 minutes back easily. Hit refresh and instantly feel better!