5 Ways to Make Working From Home More Fun

Itxy Lopez

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Write. Edit. Publish. Share. Repeat.

That’s my writing schedule. As much as I love writing, the same process gets a little boring at times.

However, having a schedule is a good thing. Repetition is crucial, no matter what you do.

Repetition is practice, and practice helps you improve. So, as dull as the repetitive steps can be, they’re crucial to your growth.

Sometimes it’s a little too tedious. I don’t usually mind this cycle, but some days, I dread having to do the same work all over again.

There had to be a way to change things up, right?

To make this series of events a little more fun?

So, I tried some things. And the things I’ll talk about in just a bit made the (sometimes) grueling process easier to deal with.

Remember: this article isn’t about getting your best work done. It’s about having some fun when you feel you’re about to lose your mind, which I hope isn’t too often.

1. Listen to Music

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But not the music everyone suggests you listen to while you work, like lo-fi beats, instrumental, or classical.

That music is great for focusing, but I’ve found that letting yourself get distracted (now and then) makes the process more enjoyable.

Now, I’m not talking about turning on your phone and going on Twitter every five minutes. Yes, social media gives you that little burst of dopamine, but it doesn’t make you happy the way music does.

What I mean is this: Next time you’re dreading doing the same thing again, put on your favorite songs.

As you do your thing, let yourself pause when the chorus comes on and sing into your hand. Do little dances and bob your head to the beat as you type.

This is a major distraction, which is why I only do this when I have those I-really-have-to-do-this-again? moments.

Your work might not be the best, but that’s what editing is for. Besides, you can pause the music once you’ve finally gotten in the zone.

2. Do Your Task With Others

Remember in high school when you’d get together with friends and have study sessions?

Studying and doing homework probably made you want to rip your hair out when you did it alone, but with others, the work was suddenly less tedious.

The same thing happens when you work.

While I can’t get together with writer friends, I gather with my sisters and work as we talk.

Again, this is distracting, but if I’m writing, and I find myself in the zone, I’ll blank out on the conversation. If you’re not accustomed to working in places filled with distractions or loud family members, this may be difficult for you.

3. Switch It Up

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While this doesn’t necessarily make your work more fun, it does make it different.

Instead of writing on my laptop, I’ll type on my iPad, write with an Apple Pencil, or write on my phone. I don’t write articles on paper because I loathe transcribing, but that’s something else you can do.

If you’re a photographer, give yourself a challenge and take pictures with a different type of camera, your phone, or a polaroid.

If you’re an artist who always draws with pencils or pens, try painting.

Try different mediums and ways to do the work.

4. Work From Someplace Else

I write on my bed, the kitchen table, the desk in my room, and the living room couch. You’d be surprised how different it feels to work from a different place just around your home.

However, being at home every day is boring. When I feel like I’m about to lose my mind, I’ll go to Panera’s, Starbucks, or the library to work.

Changing your environment not only allows you to refocus, but it drags all the jaded feelings out of you.

Having a new place to work in, where people are chattering softly and pretty music feels the air, boosts my mood.

Plus, you get to treat yourself to a small treat like a coffee or a snack. Can it get any better than that? I don’t think so.

5. Do Something New

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My rant-like articles are the most fun to write — they’re about injustice and the unfairness of the world. However, I don’t write them often.

When I’m feeling extra bored, I still write but about a topic that’s extra fun for me. You can do the same with whatever you do.

Instead of cooking, bake some tasty desserts. Instead of writing about personal development, write about a pleasant time in your life that taught you something important.

Color in a children’s coloring book and then share it on Instagram, or play the Harry Potter theme song while you practice your violin instead of your Vivaldi piece.

Have fun with what you love to do — the way you did when you started.

If you don’t learn to play, you’re going to end up miserable. If the bored feelings persist, you’re going to end up dreading and disliking what you do.

It’s OK to have a day here and there where you allow yourself to have fun or get a bit distracted.

It’s not like you dread what you do every day, but there’s no denying such a repetitive process can get boring.

Instead of falling deeper into this pit of annoyance, follow the tips above and fall in love with what you do all over again.

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