5 Tips for Staying Mindful while Working from Home

Working from home is a dream for many people. It offers freedom, flexibility, and an opportunity to be your own boss. However, with the rise of remote work, people are realising that working from home is not as easy as it sounds. There are distractions, procrastination, and a general lack of motivation. However, if you want to be productive and successful, it’s important to stay mindful. Here are some tips for staying mindful while working from home.


Create a designated workspace

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to blur the lines between work and personal life. One of the best ways to stay mindful is to create a designated workspace that’s only used for work. This can be a separate room, or a corner in your living room. When you’re in that space, it’s work time. You can also use some Zen-inspired décor to help you create a relaxing and focused ambiance.


Take breaks

It can be tempting to work non-stop, but that’s not sustainable in the long-term. Taking breaks is essential for staying mindful and productive. You can take a 10-minute break every hour, or a longer break every two hours. During your break, do something that’s not work-related, like reading, taking a walk, or practising yoga.


Use tech wisely

Technology is a blessing and a curse, especially when it comes to working from home. On one hand, it connects us with our colleagues and clients. On the other hand, it can be a major source of distraction. To stay mindful, use technology wisely. Turn off notifications on your phone and computer, and only check your email at certain times of the day.


Stick to a routine

One of the advantages of working from home is not having to stick to a strict schedule. However, this can also be a disadvantage if you don’t have a routine. Creating a routine can help you stay focused and mindful. Start your day with a morning routine, like meditation, yoga, or journaling. And, end your day with an evening routine, like reading, taking a bath, or spending time with loved ones.


Practice gratitude

Finally, practising gratitude is a powerful way to stay mindful. When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a moment to reflect on what you’re grateful for. This could be anything from having a comfortable home to work in, to having a supportive partner or friends. Practising gratitude can help you stay positive and motivated, even when things get tough.


In conclusion, working from home requires a lot of mindfulness and focus. However, with the right tips and techniques, it can also be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. By creating a designated workspace, taking breaks, using technology wisely, sticking to a routine, and practising gratitude, you can stay mindful while working from home. So, give these tips a try, and see how they can transform your workday!


Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛


"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."




Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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