The Virtual Commute: How To Productively Repurpose Your Time
In 2020, many of us (1 in 4 Americans, in fact) transitioned from a brick-and-mortar workplace to the work-from-home lifestyle. Long gone are the days of getting up early, getting dressed, and embarking on the commute to work. Now, we hop out of bed, throw on a comfortable outfit, and walk down the hall to our in-home offices.
With the commute gone, many of us are left wondering – how should the time we used to spend commuting be used? This guide will provide you with some productivity hacks to help you make the most of your time and achieve greater work-life balance.
Why Is It Important to Repurpose Your Commute Time?
Have you ever wished there were more hours in a day so that you could do something fun or practical outside of work? The work-from-home commute is an opportunity to turn this wish into a reality.
Presently, 65 percent of employees plan to stay remote. By no longer commuting, the average American saves 35 minutes a day. Over the course of a year, this adds up to around 19 full workdays. Rather than sleeping through this time, you can dedicate it to productive habits that will help improve your quality of life and your workflow.
3 Productivity Hacks to Make the Most of Your Day
If you’re unsure how to best utilize the extra time you’ve gained from working from home, that’s okay! It might take some time to figure out how your time can be best used. As you begin to consider your options, here are some productive ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Get Dressed for Your Day
It can be tempting to crawl out of bed and go to work in your pajamas when you’re working from home, but this makes for a slow and groggy day. Instead, try freshening up and putting on some nice work clothes before starting your day. Not only will you look professional and put together for meetings, but it will also help get your mind in the work zone.
2. Create a Routine
As soon as you wake up, it can be really beneficial to recreate your commute routine in some way (minus the drive, of course). Starting the day off with a cup of coffee or tea will wake you up and energize you. From there, doing simple chores like cleaning your room and desk area will help you organize your mind and will set you up for a productive day.
Don’t be afraid to introduce something that isn’t work-related into this routine. Consider listening to an engaging podcast, exercising, or hyping yourself up with your favorite music to start your day. You don’t have to feel guilty for introducing some self-care into your work-from-home commute!
3. Schedule Your Day
One of the biggest culprits of inefficiencies during the workday is lacking a plan. Rather than walking into your day blind, try mapping out and scheduling everything you want to accomplish. If you’re unsure how to get started, try using some organizational tools to make this process easier. This will help you stay on track and ultimately save you time, so that you can spend more time doing the things you love.
While working from home has been an adjustment for many, it presents a valuable opportunity for improving work-life balance and developing great, productive habits. So wake up, practice self-care, and get productive!
If you enjoyed the work-from-home commute ideas above, check out Tommy John’s visual below with more productive ways to use your saved commute time.