Working Remotely: The up, down, and sparkling sides.

Working remotely can be tricky. You set your own schedule. You decide what to prioritize on your to-do list. You pick where, when, and with whom you want to work. The working world is your oyster and it can go in many directions.

I get a lot of “What are you doing today?” since many people think I just teach yoga or remark that it’s awesome that I can set my own schedule (and it is), but they also have no idea the amount of foresight and work that goes into it just to ensure I’m actually getting things done.

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Most days, I try to keep to a routine, especially in the morning – work out, drink coffee, and dive into work. Those are the days when I can crank out all my work and feel pretty awesome about it.

Some days, though, it’s too easy to never leave the house until 4 pm, speaking to no one, except over email, not eating a full meal because I need to go grocery shopping or cook, all while still wearing my pajamas. Woops. By the end of those days, I’m not sure what did or didn’t get done and I’m in need of food, socialization, and probably a shower.

There’s really no wrong or right way to work remotely (unless you’re not doing anything at all), but there’s a right way for YOU. It’s trial and error, but finding that perfect set-up, routine, and checks and balances for a strong workflow is so key if you’re going to get anything done.

Lately, here’s what I’m figuring out works for me:

The earlier the better. Right now, I feel most productive between the hours of 7 AM – 12 PM. Something about the quiet, cool mornings helps me get a jump start on the day. That way I can also get some free time for a midday run or coffee date.

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Move before work. Before I sit down to work, I try to get some sort of workout in. The best is when I can plan a morning workout with a friend. It keeps me accountable and I get some social time. Trail runs with friends, yoga at Flex & Flow and even virtual workouts on Gixo (want a free month?) have been key factors in fitting in a workout and social time before I start my day.

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Take breaks. Every two hours, I try to get up and walk around. Some days, I run or if the sun happens to be out in Portland, I’ll take an hour to soak it in by the river. One thing about working from home is you get lost in time, sometimes working morning, afternoon and night, so I try to squeeze in some adventures when I can.

Pack a lunch. You would think, oh working from home is great because you can grab anything for lunch. Well, it turns out, you can also spend way too much time prepping and cooking lunch in the middle of the day. I want to sit and enjoy my lunch rather than spend a big chunk of my day making it. Meal prep is super handy even if you’re working at home or to take with you to work at a coffee shop.

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Tame the crazies before they get you. Between 2-4 PM, is my witching hour(s) for lack of productivity. I usually have a chunk of to-do’s left in front of me, but all I can manage is to scroll and double tap on my phone or stare into space. Sometimes we just need to zone out and not think, but it’s easy for me to let that leak into other parts of my day, so I know I need to curb the habit to a degree.

Lately, my go-to method to manage the hitting-the-wall feeling is sipping on fizzique Sparkling Water throughout the day. Okay, I know what you’re thinking because I thought it as well: protein water and also sparkling? Sounds way too good to be true. Is it chalky, thick, muscle-milk tasting? NO. The consistency is just that of sparkling water: clearly refreshing. Does it actually taste drinkable? YES. It’s sweet without being high in sugar and if you’re less of a sweet tooth, then cut it with some plain sparkling water and you’re good to go. And if you want to get fancy with it, try this mocktail recipe.

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fizzique comes in two flavors: Strawberry Watermelon and Tropical Limon. I’m honestly on team both – they’re equally as tasty and refreshing and make the perfect pick-me-up, come midday. I usually pour over ice with a splash of sparkling water and some fresh fruit to make my afternoons feel a little more exciting – it really is the little things when you work from home.

Did I mention fizzique is packed with protein? 20 grams of protein to be correct. So on some days, more frequent than not for me, when I’m just not eating enough protein, fizzique has been a lifesaver. Protein is so essential to every part of your body. From the brain to the muscles to the immune system, protein is a necessary nutrient for optimal function. Hello work, work out, and recovery fuel. And hello successful workday!

The proof is in the can and I think you should try it out for yourself. Head over to drinkfizzique.com and use the code LOVEYOURFIZZIQUE for 10% off your first case of fizzique.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by fizzique. All opinions are my own. I truly appreciate all the brands that support the Sweat Pink community!

7 thoughts on “Working Remotely: The up, down, and sparkling sides.

  1. Nic, thank you for creating this thoughtful guide! Treating WFH as if it were any other job (considerate breaks, routine, awareness of energy, dedication to the work) is the way to do it. Packing a lunch is so clutch. In a house of multiple roommates, I am bound to run into someone in the kitchen and time escapes us! The days I work from home may look like days off too, so making a quick grab-and-go lunch could solve that chatty (yet delightful and sometimes necessary…) issue. I hope you’ll add to what you have learned as you continue to work remotely. I’ll keep reading.

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    1. Hi Karen! Thanks for reading! You put the right words to it – designating time, space, and boundaries to WFH is so, so necessary. You’re already giving me more ideas for a post 🙂

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  2. Nic, thank you for creating this thoughtful guide! Treating WFH as if it were any other job (considerate breaks, routine, awareness of energy, dedication to the work) is the way to do it. Packing a lunch is so clutch. In a house of multiple roommates, I am bound to run into someone in the kitchen and time escapes us! The days I work from home may look like days off too, so making a quick grab-and-go lunch could solve that chatty (yet delightful and sometimes necessary…) issue. I hope you’ll add to what you have learned as you continue to work remotely. I’ll keep reading.

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  3. I’m looking into home-based work since I’m car-free, ironically will also be doing some contract work requiring a car. But definitely good tips. Thanks, Nic. Nice to see your face in a picture instead of the super bendy yoga ones from afar.

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    1. It’s totally a never-ending trial and error process I feel. Showing my face every now and then, but all the yoga poses definitely reflect my comfort level of how I want to be photographed 🙂

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      1. I understand, were all works in progress. Sometimes you don’t want to put yourself out there, but at the same time that’s part of telling your story. Thanks for sharing. Did I ask if you bike? If you’re in Portland isn’t it the law?

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