One of the many perks of teaching with VIPKid is that you can work from the comfort of your own home, on your own time. Hello, flexibility! But working where you play isn’t always butterflies and rainbows—it can be a challenge to live and work in the same space, create boundaries, and show up to “work” at your very best every day.
So, how can you make sure to be your most productive self while working from home? Check out these tips to separate “home” from “office” and find fulfillment in teaching at home.
Create your work space.
Any at-home worker will tell you that the key to productivity is making sure you have a designated work space. If you don’t have the luxury of a home office, choose a corner of your bedroom, a nook in the den, or even a spot at the kitchen table that serves as your “desk.” When you step into this space, you know it’s time to get down to work. The same is true for the VIPKid classroom! Though your “school” is virtual, it’s important to create a space that engages students and helps you get into your groove.
Give yourself a break.
To stay productive while working from home, make sure to build time for breaks into your schedule. Take 5-10 minutes each hour to step away from your computer and go for a walk, make lunch, or call your mother. Between breaks, stay focused on your work and avoid scrolling social media, noticing that the rug needs to be vacuumed, or any other distractions that might pull you away. If you’re a VIPKid teacher, make sure to schedule breaks between back-to-back classes—your energy, eye sight, and students will thank you!
Working from home means you can spend your day in yoga pants and no one has to know—yes, even as a VIPKid teacher! But if you want to increase your productivity levels, make sure to get out of your PJs, wash your face, and dress as if you were going to leave the house. We don’t know what it is, but studies show that we’re all more productive when we’re dressed for success. So, if you’re feeling lethargic, uninspired, or easily distracted, grab your Sunday best from your closet and see what happens!
Yes, this can be tricky as a VIPKid teacher—your work space is likely to be scattered with props, puppets, rewards, and whiteboards. But we’re here to tell you that there’s nothing that can stifle your productivity like a messy desk. If you don’t use it on a daily basis, put it away. And if you don’t use it at all, get rid of it already! For the rest of the clutter, create your own organization system. You don’t need to spend lots of money at the Container Store (unless that’s your jam), but you do need to find a way to keep things in order for your own sanity.
Make a plan with your “roommates.”
You might be working from home, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be alone. It’s important to set boundaries and share your schedule with your roommates, spouse, kids—even the the dog! Post your schedule on the refrigerator if you need to, but make sure it’s clear to anyone else at home when you’re in work mode. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you’re available. Though if they want to deliver you a cup of freshly brewed coffee, that would be just fine… 😉
Touch your toes.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about how bad sitting is for us, leading to a wide array of health problems. Whether you work from home or in an office, it’s important to move. Start your day by going for a brisk walk around the block. Or get up and stretch for five minutes each hour. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or lengthy—just make sure you’re moving at least once a day. Your body will feel better, and your mind will stay more engaged, creative, and productive.
Dreaming of working from home? Sign up to teach with VIPKid and build your own flexible at-home schedule while making up to $22/hour!