How to Work From Home in NYC

desktop computerThere are a ton of points to keep in mind that contribute towards successfully working from home. From establishing a set work space, setting productive business hours, and giving yourself a breath of fresh air throughout the day, follow along as we advise how to work from your Glenwood apartment.

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Get Dressed for the Day

Sometimes the best way to get yourself up and ready for the day to come is to simply get dressed! Sure, staying at your Upper East Side home in comfortable pajamas is a big plus of working remotely, but establishing a set morning routine can really help you get a jump start on the day. Prepare for your day as you normally would for an office job: get up, take a shower, and get dressed.While it’s safe to assume business attire is not required when working from home, casualwear is always a safe bet. Avoid sweatshirt and tank tops to keep a more polished look for impromptu team video chats!

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Create a Comfortable Workspace

If your luxury apartment at The Marlowe or Crystal Green presents a space where you can set up a comfortable home office space, take advantage of it! In fact, many of Glenwood’s buildings provide business centers as an additional option, so if there’s not enough room to set up a workspace in your one bedroom apartment, there will always be a place to work! The best part? You don’t need to leave your apartment building! Here are a few ideas when scouting for a spot for your desk:

  • Under a sunny window in the living room (especially if there’s a view!)
  • Use your dining room table as a workstation during your established business hours
  • Turn an extra hall closet into a work space
  • Use the guest bedroom as a dual sleeping/working space

For more ideas on how to go about creating an apartment home office, read through our blog post covering the ins and outs.

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Remove Unneeded Distractions

Of course, one of the biggest distractions is technology. This includes removing unnecessary devices from your designated home office space, such as a television. Social media can become a huge distraction; quickly checking Facebook or Instagram can easily turn into a 20 minute affair. To avoid this, keep your time spent online minimal. StayFocusd is an app on Google Chrome that allots a specific amount of time on select websites (like Facebook or Twitter) before rendering those sites as inaccessible for the remainder of the day.


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Keep Projects Organized

Being in charge of your own schedule sounds great, but what’s the best way to stay organized? For those working from home with a heavy reliance on computers, Trello is a wonderful source to help you keep track of upcoming projects. Basecamp is another tool with the power to help you assign, check up on, and complete projects on an ongoing basis or set deadline. A trusty desk calendar is always a great option, too!


Give Yourself Breaks

Just because you’re home all day doesn’t mean you should be glued to your desk! Whether you reside in Midtown East or Riverdale, breaking up your workday is equally as important when working from home as it is in an office. The best way to do this is to create a daily schedule for the following activities:

  • Grab a morning coffee
  • Set time aside for lunch
  • Take a quick walk to stretch

In fact, did you know taking brisk walks throughout the day can inspire creativity and productivity? Not only are you getting fresh air, but you can enjoy your Glenwood neighborhood!

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Stick to Set Working Hours

While the ability to work remotely does bring a ton of flexibility to your daily routine, it’s helpful to establish set working hours for yourself. Not only will this help you plan out projects for the day, but it’ll help you separate yourself from work once it’s time to log off for the day.If you work remotely under guidance of a company or agency, be sure to have a clear understanding of your employer’s expectations regarding expected availability. For Glenwood residents using their home office space as a hobby or project room, setting office hours will motivate you to actually spend time working towards a fun project.What are your go-to pieces of advice when working from home? We’d love to hear about your office set up and routine on Facebook and Twitter!