In 2020, more people will begin working from home, whether they want to or not. Our world is changing at a rapid pace and new technologies allow us to be productive from hundreds of miles away.

But working from home comes with a number of challenges as well and it’s not as easy as you may think.

There are a ton of obstacles that can keep you from being productive and getting your work done so you can still be successful. It’s important to find a routine, be strict with yourself, and tend to your mental (and physical) health, all at the same time.

Here are just a few basic tips that will help you be a productive and healthy remote worker:

Fitness Equipment

My #1 tip (and the most important thing to consider) is the physical activity you are now missing out on since you started working from home. The average daily commute (to and from work) is 5,000 steps and, now that you’re working from home, you need to make up for that.

Find a great treadmill to put in your house so you can get your steps in and keep your energy up. If you stop exercising, you will begin to feel sluggish and your productivity will take a hit.

Treadmills are a great way to stay active while at home, but walking outside is another great option. You can also consider purchasing an Elliptical machine or Indoor Bike for your home if those are more appealing to you.

Caffeine

The average daily commute also usually consists of stopping at a coffee shop and caffeine becomes an integral part of your routine. That warm drink gets your blood flowing and the caffeine wakes you up and motivates you to be productive.

Find a coffee machine for your house and you will instantly improve your mood and productivity. I recommend something like a Nespresso machine because they include a lot of caffeine and are easy to use.

Work Station

Do not (I repeat, DO NOT) work from a couch or la-z-boy chair for long periods of time. It can make you feel tired and can lead to you being unproductive by encouraging a nap.

Get yourself a proper work station and a place that says “it’s time to work and this is where I do it.” It doesn’t have to be fancy but should include a desk, a proper chair, and an area that is dedicated to productivity.

Podcasts or Talk Radio

This tip is not as crucial as the others but is something I’ve found to be quite effective: find a podcast or a radio channel that helps keep you stimulated and on task. For me, it’s a number of long-form podcasts that continue to play in the background. The light conversation keeps me awake and is something for me to focus my mind on, rather than letting it go in a ton of different directions.

Find something that you enjoy having on in the background and keep it rolling at all times. You’ll be surprised at how much a little conversation can do to your mindset and your productivity.

Cookware

A day in the office usually consists of a run to a local supermarket, coffee shop, or vending machine for a midday snack. When you’re working from home, you don’t have this luxury and you better make sure there is food available. A hungry employee is an unproductive employee.

My tip is to stock up on food that can be easily prepared and thrown into your microwave. If you don’t have a good microwave at home, then you should consider getting one so you can fight off hunger without taking up too much time.

Make sure you continue to eat as healthy as you can though; you don’t want to become unhealthy during this change in routine.

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