As the Covid-19 pandemic has caused everyday tasks and responsibilities to be flipped upside down, we must adapt to the current situation. As many offices are now better known as my bedroom, the basement, the backyard, or even the living room, we must not forget that breaks are a necessary part of workday optimization. Without breaks, you will burn yourself out by 2pm.

Whether you are bound to a strict schedule or enjoy some degree of flexibility, these workday optimization tips for home-based remote employees are a great way to keep yourself focused and productive throughout the entire workday. While I spend the day telling the world about the benefits of cloud optimization, I use these five principles to maximize the positive impact of my breaks. 

Create a schedule 

Prior to starting your day, you must create a simple schedule that determines where/when you can take a break. No matter if you are working from home or not; abiding by a schedule is a workday optimization practice that will help increase your productivity and track your workload. Simply establishing a start time, a midday break time, and an end time tremendously increases your productivity.

Go out for a walk

Another effective workday optimization tip is to go out for a walk, especially if you are stressed out and can’t focus on your task. Walking around helps declutter your mind, allowing you to get back to work with clearer thoughts. Don’t forget to follow safety measures when you go out (wear your mask!), and be sure to disinfect when you get back.

I personally use the free app Calm when I go out for a walk. There are many free songs and soundtracks you can listen to, to help you relax and get your mind off work for a brief while.

Stretch

Stretching is another great workday optimization habit when you’re on a break. Stretching throughout the day can reduce fatigue, improve your posture, and prevent muscle strain injuries. Here are eight relaxing full body stretches you can do during your breaks. 

Read

Nowadays, many of us spend all day staring at a screen. Just by logging off and reading a book every day, you can reduce stress, improve your focus and concentration, improve your memory, and so much more.  

Here are a few of my favorite books:

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

 

Good News 

Towards the end of the day, many people like to sit on their couch and catch up on the news they have missed. However, sometimes it seems as though every time we turn on the TV, they always show something sad and negative.

Just as listening to or reading bad news is proven to spark neurotransmitters that change your mood negatively, the opposite happens when you read or listen to the good news. I personally read Good News Networks to learn more about the good that is happening around the world.