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How to Keep Sane While Working from Home

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Oh my gosh, you’ve made it! You’re running your own business or your boss has allowed you to work from home. This is huge. The dream is all yours, baby!

While working from home definitely has its perks (who doesn’t love sitting around in their pajamas with a cup of joe while blasting some music), if you’ve been at it for more than a few weeks, you’ll find that while it’s great, it also comes with a few challenges that you might not have been expecting.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of working from home.

1. Treat your new work situation like it’s an actual job.

It helps to treat working at home like an actual job. I’m echoing something I read once that I can’t recall here. Basically, it helps to get up at the same time every day and establish some sort of a morning routine. So in place of showering and commuting to the office, perhaps you can try doing some stretches, going for a 10 minute walk or going to get a coffee on the corner to start your day. It doesn’t feel quite right to just get up, then sit at your desk and start working. Also if you don’t set some sort of routine, you could easily end up staying up late into the night or sleeping far too late in the morning, etc. By adding some sort of structure to your day, you just might find that you’re that much more productive.

2. Take your work outside your living space.

Another thing that I highly recommend is to try working remotely in a different location. If you spend too many hours cooped up in your room or living space without seeing or talking to another human being, you start to get stale. Your brain isn’t being stimulated, and you’ll reach a point where you are just staring at the screen or wall and getting nothing done. It can be helpful to take your work to the local coffee shop or library and work there. There are other people around, other things to look at and activity that will help spur your brain to get going. Also, simply being around other people working will get you more motivated to complete your projects. You won’t feel like it’s just you versus the world working alone in your room.

3. Divide up your time between work and other projects, and of course take breaks.

One of the perks of working from home is that you often can make your own schedule and set your own deadlines. I find it helpful to work on work related stuff for a few hours, then spend an hour or so on a fun personal project, before going back for another two hours to focus on work, and so on. This way, you’re breaking it up, and each time you come back to your work projects, you’ll have a new fresh perspective on them. Instead of trying to cram work into a typical eight hour shift, spread it out between ten to twelve hours. You’ll have more fun and you’re also able to get things done quickly, like going to the grocery at 3 p.m. in the afternoon when it’s empty.

4. Don’t leave the TV on and don’t keep Facebook open.

Of course, since you are able to work from home, you do have the luxury to watch whatever you want on TV or browse any website you choose to at any time. While, it’s great for the in between work breaks, it’s not the most helpful strategy to just leave the TV on or leave Facebook open all day in a side window. You’ll end up giving way too much of your energy to checking them both far too much. Also, we sometimes forget that Facebook is really just a big ol’ chatroom. Much of it is people just spewing their opinions and isn’t really helpful for much; moreover, your feed is literally endless. You could even set aside a specific time for such activities. For example, I have a friend who won’t allow himself to get on Facebook until the mid-afternoon so that he can complete his work in the morning; this way, he’s able to get a lot done.

5. Listen to music for creativity.

One thing that can be helpful is to turn on some music. It gets your brain going, which may be helpful depending on what kind of work you do or what kind of project(s) you are working on. Also, sitting alone in silence, without having other people in an office making noise, can get a bit weird. I personally recommend listening to music with little to no lyrics, such as jazz or hip hop; that way you’re less likely to get distracted.

I Switched from Junk Food to Clean Food and Here's What Happened

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Like many kids growing up, I used to consume a ton of junk food and sugary beverages. After school, I would pound chocolate candy bars, Twinkies, gummy bears, and all the cookies and brownies I could get my hands on. I used to eat two candy bars every day right after school. I’m originally from the southern part of the country — Georgia, to be exact — and I used to just crush sweet tea loaded with sugar while taking down heaps of fried chicken, fried fish, fried vegetables, butter rolls, and all that delicious country cooking! I’ve always been active playing sports, so I never really put on the pounds, but needless to say, I wasn’t eating at the level of a champion by any means.

A few years back, I started taking a closer look at my diet, trying to figure out what was optimal, and as a result, I ended up changing pretty much everything I was putting into my body. I’m not 100 percent perfect when it comes to diet, but I cut out all fried foods, trimmed way back on the sugar, and traded in milkshakes and Coke floats for green smoothies and cold press juices. I even flirted with veganism for about eight months or so.

Overall, I’ve found that eating cleaner and healthier has a ton of benefits that come along with it. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, so a good piece of advice is to check with a healthcare professional before embarking on a diet overhaul. But I had a great experience when I took a new approach to food and I wanted to share it with you. Here are some of the great things that have happened to me:

1.) First and foremost, I feel better.

At its simplest, food is energy and energy is one of the core building blocks of the human body. Cells don’t grow without food and beverages going into our mouths, so it’s worthwhile to think about what we consume. My attitude is, whatever I put in is pretty much the equivalent of what I get on the other side. It’s simple science, and by eating cleaner and increasing my intake of raw foods, I’ve ended up having way more energy than when I used to consume more processed goods like Fudge Rounds, Skittles, and Snapple. Instead of short bursts of energy followed by an hour of lethargy, I have more sustained, long-term energy. My ups and downs aren’t as drastic as they once were. I have more energy and just feel all around good for longer periods of time than I did in the past.

2.) I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been.

While I was never particularly heavy or terribly out of shape, I got more tone and muscle definition when I stopped eating garbage food. My skin is clearer than it’s ever been and my clothes fit better. All around, I just feel better about my body and having increased self-confidence is never a bad thing.

3.) I don’t get sick as often.

It’s not that I used to get sick a lot before, but I get sick a lot less now than I did back in the ol’ junk food days. I seem to have a better time fending off diseases, airborne viruses and colds. I feel stronger both internally and externally and better able to battle whatever comes my way.

4.) I feel better than ever when I exercise and I can do more physical activities.

I’ve always been pretty active when it comes to sports, but since I decreased my intake of white bread and rice in favor of brown rice and multigrain bread and traded Gatorade for coconut water, I can perform at a better level than I could 10 years ago. I can exercise and play sports for longer durations and I can push myself harder than I could in my youth. I have more fun, with less cramps and I get an all-around better workout in.

5.) I think more clearly now.

Of course the big thing here is that everything is connected. When I feel good physically, I also perform better mentally. I used to eat junk food for lunch and then sit at my desk all day. My stomach hurt and I felt heavy and foggy in the head. By eating foods that give me energy, like almonds, green juices, salmon, grilled chicken or steamed vegetables, I feel better when I return to my work and I’m able to accomplish more at a faster pace, and that’s also never a bad thing.

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Lance Weiss is a comedian, writer and producer in NYC. Live show dates at lanceweiss.com.