6 Tips to Effectively Work from Home in a Studio Apartment
November 5th, 2020
Living in New York City oftentimes means you live in a tiny, cramped studio apartment. With the global spread of COVID-19, more people than ever before are working from home. If you’re brand new to working from home, it may be challenging to be productive at first, so you’ll have to break some old habits to be successful.Working from home is different for everyone, though. What works for your friends and family, may not work for you. You have to figure out when and where to work and how to appropriately define a work–life balance, so here are six tips to effectively work from home in a studio apartment.
Stick to Regular Hours
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can pick and choose the times you want to work. Most employers have a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule, so try to set up a routine. Get up an hour early, brew some coffee, have breakfast, or read the newspaper. That way, when 9 a.m. rolls around, you’re up and ready to start the day.While it’s easy to start your day on time, it’s harder to end on time when working from home. When the end of the workday comes around, don’t send out that last email—because next thing you know, it’s 8 p.m.
Take Your Breaks
Know what your company’s policies are on breaks and take them! Working all day without a break is a recipe for not being effective, and you can quickly burn out. Try setting an alarm to stand or stretch once an hour or walk around your apartment or the block for a few minutes.No matter what your breaks are, move away from your computer (and your email) to eat lunch or take a 15-minute pause. While it’s important to take breaks, it’s even more important to take them in their entirety. Don’t short-change yourself. You’ve been working hard, so reward yourself.
Have a Dedicated Work Space
As tempting as it may sound, working from your bed is not effective. Designating a specific spot, like a desk or table, is the best way to recreate the office environment from your home. You may not have room in your studio apartment for a desk, but a kitchen table will work just the same! Having a workspace in the kitchen also gives you easy access to snacks throughout the day.
Clean Your Space
If you were working in an office, you wouldn’t keep your workspace messy, so why do it at home? Regularly tidying up your space will allow you to more easily separate your working and living spaces. You don’t want your living room to look like a nightmare during a video meeting, and you certainly don’t want work documents and papers cluttering up your apartment. Overall, cleaning your apartment often will make you more productive.
Get Out of the Apartment
Working from home is great until you realize you spend every waking moment inside a studio apartment. It may be tempting to sign off for the day and move straight to the couch to watch some TV. Instead, go out for a walk. It’ll get you moving for the day and allow you to see other people.
Cut Yourself a Break
Working from home is hard, and it takes serious discipline to be successful. It’s easy to let your attention drift away from the task at hand in an office setting, and even easier when working from home. If you find yourself sending out a quick text or scrolling through Twitter for a minute, ask yourself if you would do this in an office. If the answer is yes, don’t be so hard on yourself. If the answer is no, get back to work!
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