Last year 43% of Americans reported that they spent at least one day per week working from home. The telecommuting lifestyle is quickly becoming the norm, not the exception, in our globalized and digital world. While working from home comes with notable perks like a zero-second commute time and a strict dress code of comfortable sleepwear it also carries plenty of responsibility. You are responsible for meeting deadlines and getting the job done, and there is no manager around to stop you from napping away the afternoon. With the right preparation and setup you can blaze through work from the comfort of your own bed. Here is the complete SHEEX Guide to Working From Home:
Rely on Alarms
The greatest obstacle for many telecommuters is simply getting out of bed in the morning. Turning off one alarm and falling back into your comfortable bed is a reflex. Make it impossible to go back to sleep by setting multiple alarms throughout the house. Some options include setting a microwave timer in the kitchen or winding up an alarm clock in your bathroom. Set more alarms than you think necessary to get going. Getting up in the morning and maintaining a healthy sleep schedule are common problems for telecommuters. Sticking to a routine will help you optimize your sleep quality.
Take a Break From Your Bed
So you have decided to make your bed an all-in-one sleep and work sanctuary. Great! First things first: mentally separate the bed you sleep in from the bed you work in. Take some time away from your bed. After you get out of bed consider:
- Taking a shower
- Exercising at the gym
- Grabbing a coffee from a nearby café
Engage in some kind of physical activity to wake yourself up and put your mind in the right space to get work done. This way you will avoid the trap of continually falling asleep or getting sidetracked once you settle in your sheets and shift to work mode.
Prioritize Your Pillows
For the steady work-from-bed lifestyle the comfort and support of your pillows is paramount. You will likely use a combination of four or more pillows to provide back support as you sit in bed, serve as a ‚Äúdesk‚Äù for your laptop, and to place miscellaneous items like your cell phone and a snack within arm's reach. SHEEX Original Performance Pillows provide ample support as you plow your way through projects and emails. Side sleeper options are firm options ideal for back support while working. Any SHEEX® cooling pillow will transfer body heat and keep you cool and refreshed while you take care of business.
Your choice of bedding will greatly affect your ability to complete work in a timely fashion. Create a cozy yet cool environment by selecting sheets and a mattress pad that regulate your body (and computer) temperature and wick away moisture to prevent you from running hot and losing your productive edge during those prime work hours. SHEEX Performance Bedding utilizes fabrics that naturally cool you twice as effectively as standard cotton sheets. Increased comfort leads to a more efficient worker — your investment in high-quality bedding will pay for itself when it functions as your home office!
Stretch It Out
When you are snuggled up in your bed you may not feel an urgency to get up and move around, but a sedentary lifestyle can take a toll on your body if you are sitting improperly or remain stationary for prolonged periods of time. Maintain ideal posture and take a break every 45 minutes to an hour in order to stretch out areas like your shoulders, neck, and hips that tend to become tense when working on a computer. Never get stuck in traffic again when you successfully accomplish your work assignments every day from the comfort of your bed. Working from home will not pose a challenge when you surround yourself with sheets, pillows, and bedding designed to maximize your performance. Let us know your best tips and tricks for working from home by commenting below!