Chapter 24: Hang a Do-Not-Disturb Sign

Distractions are everywhere when you work from home, and they can derail an important project or make focusing on work nearly impossible. If you share your home with others, those people can often be the cause of said distractions.

One of the best pieces of advice I got from a friend and fellow remote worker is to hang a do-not-disturb sign outside of your home office. That way, everyone else knows when you are working on an important project.

Equally as important as having a do-not-disturb sign is knowing when to use it. One of the many benefits of remote work is the added flexibility. So reserve the sign for your most important meetings or times of day. If you have kids, get them involved in helping decorate your do-not-disturb sign.

Click here to download your very own Do-Not-Disturb sign.

Chapter 26: Turn Off the TV

While I don’t recommend watching TV while you work, I love a good binge-worthy show. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day. I also sometimes use it as a motivation to get through a long project, rewarding myself with an evening of my favorite new obsession.

Here are a few of my favorite binge-worthy shows.

– Schitts Creek
– Breaking Bad
– Ozark
– Succession
– Queer Eye
– Almost any true crime drama
– Friends
– The Circus
– Sex Education
– Atypical

See any of your favorites on the list? Which shows would you add? Text me and let me know: +1 (972) 850-2141. I am always looking for a great new show.

Chapter 27: Use Noise-Cancelling Headphones

No matter the distractions, whether they be screaming kids, barking dogs, or the neighbor deciding to mow the lawn at the exact wrong time, noise-cancelling headphones can help you create a zen-focused environment while working from home.

Here are a few of my favorites in various price ranges:

$350 – $400 Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 — Over Ear, Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Built-In Microphone for Clear Calls & Alexa Voice Control, Silver Luxe

$150-200 Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones – Apple H1 Headphone Chip, Class 1 Bluetooth, Active Noise Cancelling

Under $100 Soundcore by Anker Life Q30 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Multiple Modes, Hi-Res Sound, Custom EQ via App, 40H Playtime

Chapter 28: Set the Mood with Music

I’m a big fan of music to set the right mood for your workday. Whether you have a specific genre that gets you moving in the morning, or perhaps you fancy a little smooth jazz to wind down your day, that’s cool with me. You can even find certain playlists and songs that help you to focus or to be creative. Music is a powerful tool!

Check out the Always Wear Pants Playlist on Spotify for some of my favorites!

Chapter 29: Use a Good Microphone

A staple of working from home are video meetings, and it’s not just your camera and lighting that are important. A good microphone is essential for making sure that other people can hear you clearly. Below are a few microphone options at various price points.

$132 Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, With Built-In Headphone Jack & Volume Control

$99 Blue Yeti USB Microphone for PC & Mac, Podcast, Gaming, Streaming and Recording Microphone, with Blue VO!CE effects, Adjustable Stand, Plug and Play

$29 USB Microphone,FIFINE Metal Condenser Recording Microphone for Laptop MAC or Windows Cardioid Studio Recording Vocals

Chapter 34: Boost Your Mood with a Sun Lamp

Depending on where you live, the amount of sunlight can vary. And for most people, there is at least one season that can be dark, cooler and somewhat dreary. Believe it or not, the amount of sunlight we get can have an impact on our mood and productivity. One of my favorite hacks is to use a sunlight lamp to increase the amount of light, especially in the morning. Below are a few sunlight lamps at various prices to check out.

$129 Hatch Restore – Sound Machine, Smart Light, Personal Sleep Routine, Bedside Reading Light, Wind Down Content and Sunrise Alarm Clock for Gentle Wake Up

$72 Theralite Aura Qi Light Therapy Sun Lamp – UV Free 10,000 LUX Light Therapy Lamp – Includes Alarm Clock, Phone Charger, USB Port

$24 Magicteam Therapy Sun Lamp 10000 Lux LED White Warm Light with 10 Adjustable Brightness and 7 Timer with Memory Function and 2 Flexible Placement

Chapter 35: Use Bluelight Glasses to Save Your Sight

Staring at a screen all day can wreak havoc on your eyesight. To combat this, I often wear a pair of bluelight glasses. These specially designed opticals filter out “blue light” from computer screens, phones and even televisions. The reduced strain on your eyes means you can work in comfort, and save your sight for binging your favorite show after hours. Below are links to a few different pairs at various price points.

$29 Blue Light Blocking Clip On Glasses – 99.9 Percent Effective Computer Glasses for Men and Women, Durable Lightweight Design Reduce Eyestrain, Headaches and Improve Sleep

$19 Hack Your Sleep NoBlue Blue Blocking Sunglasses Orange/Amber Tinted Lens Computer Glasses (Includes Ebook) Blocks 99.9% of Blue and UV Rays, Prevents Eye Fatigue, Soft Temples

$8 TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses Men Women Vintage Thick Round Rim Frame Eyeglasses

Chapter 36: The Benefits of Aromatherapy

Of the five senses that humans possess, smell is probably not one that you’d associate with impacting your remote working environment, but that would be a mistake. Scent can make a big impact on your mood, outlook and productivity. I am a big fan of aromatherapy, or burning candles if it’s safe to do so, while I work. Below are a few aromatherapy options at various price points.

$120 Capri Blue Candle – 19 Oz (4 Pack) – Volcano – Black

$25 Fresh Peppermint Candle – Large White 16.5 Oz. Highly Scented Jar Candle – Made with Natural Oils

$19 Yankee Candle Sicillian Lemon Scented Premium Paraffin Grade Candle Wax with up to 150 Hour Burn Time

Chapter 38: Get a Pet. Or a Pet Rock.

Having a companion while you work from home is one of my favorite things ever! Ideally, this is something you actually have to take care of, like a pet. My dog, Emmy, was my constant companion for the first 8 years I worked remotely. Glancing over my shoulder to see her, snoozing away, was enough to bring a smile to my face. Check out the link below to find shelters and rescues in your area with pets that are in need of a good home. You might just find your new best friend, and a fine work companion, too.

If pets aren’t your thing, or you can’t have one where you live, consider a pet rock. But, you have to give it a name or it doesn’t count!