3 Places to Avoid Sitting at When Working From Home

3 Places to Avoid Sitting at When Working From HomeBy Deborah Sweeney

Mastering the art of working from home requires, among many things, the ability to be disciplined, self-motivated, and focused on the assignments at hand and reaching deadlines. For better or worse, a large chunk of this kind of work is also concentrated on sitting for long portions of time too. While you may not have the extra noise of people chattering in the background that comes with working from a desk job, distractions can just as easily be found in remote work too– namely, where you sit.

Here are a few of places to avoid parking yourself at for a few hours and better sitting alternatives to ensure you’re more productive.

1) The Bed

How tempting and easy is it to pull the laptop into the bed with you in the morning and get to work while remaining cozy in your pajamas? While working in bed is definitely comfortable, productivity expert Laura Stack shared with the Wall Street Journal the pitfalls that come with bed work, namely that it’s bad for your personal productivity. According to Stack, the act of working from your bed disassociates the sleep patterns you have from the bed and activates your energy levels in bed, preventing you from restful sleep which can make you even more tired the next day – even though you spent that day in your bed.

Try instead: working from a desk. Add along a sturdy backed but cushioned chair; decorate with personal items, include a charging station for your phone and laptop (something your bed will not have handy!), and a calendar overhead for upcoming due dates.

2) Kitchen Table

It’s a step up from the bed, usually featuring you sitting on a chair or stool, but still right next to the refrigerator which will become your new water cooler – a place to get up, stretch, and munch on a snack or two (or five) throughout the day. This can lead to a very fast weight gain, whether you’re aware of it or not.

Try instead: a coworking space or library. It’s easy to assume that heading over to a Starbucks is the best alternative and I wouldn’t necessarily rule it out either on occasion. But working out of a coffee shop on a daily basis is not doing you (or your wallet) any better than working from the kitchen table – you’ll obviously have to make a purchase each time you go in to justify why you’re hogging that table for hours on end. Take a spot at a coworking space or library instead, both of which will be quiet and peaceful and provide very little distractions by way of food.

3) Living Room Couch

What tends to sit in front of most couches? A TV. What happens when most people sit on the couch? They turn the TV on. And maybe you can watch TV and work simultaneously with it on as a white noise, but I doubt that will last for long if it’s a new show on Netflix you want to start getting into. Focus on the new show ultimately means much less focus on your work.

Try instead: a nook by a big window. There’s something inside of me that feels inclined to make a “nature’s television” pun here, but sitting by a window is a great way to take a moment when you feel stressed, collect yourself, and  breathe in and out the fresh air from the day. The nook, though defined differently by everyone who creates one, undoubtedly will be much more structured than a pillowy couch with cushions you can easily get lost in.

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @deborahsweeney and @mycorporation.

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