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How to Be Productive Working From Home | Ingrid Nilsen

Working from home tends to have this glamorous, free-spirited aura around it, but if you’ve ever work ed from home for extended periods of time then you probably know that it can often be the exact opposite of glamorous. I’ve been work ing from home for the better part of the last decade and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that setting boundaries isn’t easy but it’s necessary. For me, the line between my personal and professional life got so blurry I was never truly present for either one. I was exhausted, work ing at hours that made me less productive and I felt like I had to please everyone all the time. Over the years, I’ve work ed hard to set boundaries and strive for a balance that allows me to be creative, get my work done and replenish myself. Life is always shifting and my routine changes on the outside but the core is always the same: you must nurture yourself in order to nurture your work .

NYT article mentioned about night owls + morning people: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/25/style/sleep-problem-late-night.html

I’m in the process of slowly decorating and putting my place together. I’ll be sharing updates in real-time on Instagram, so make sure you’re following me if you’d like to see everything! http://www.instagram.com/ingridnilsen

WEEKLY UPDATE: Okay, this is pretty exciting because I’m currently typing this update from a REAL DESK in my office. It feels sooooo good! This room is really coming together and it’s wonderful to have a space filled with lovely natural daylight. As of this morning, all the shelves for the office have arrived and they’ll be put up next week. That means I’ll FINALLY be able to unpack some of those boxes you saw in my apartment tour last week. They’re filled with books and personal trinkets I’ve collected over the years and I can’t wait to be surrounded by them again. On a personal note, things have been a very mixed bag. I’ve been pretty sad due to a death in my immediate family but on the other hand, my life in NYC has been so incredibly enriching. Grieving is difficult and it’s a process I live with every day with multiple people in my heart, but what I’ve learned about grief is that it’s a vital part of life. It means you have love and been loved, in all its complex and varied shades. It’s hard holding space for contradictory truths and emotions, but this is the work of being alive and I’m here to live this life, one step at a time. ❤️



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Pajamas: Suuuuuuper old Wildfox Jumper that I still love. Pants were a gift from my mom.

Dress: from & Other Stories (this was gifted to me)


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Comments (20)

  1. The Timer is so helpful.

  2. This is a great video. I work for a company as a remote employee. I punch and punch out, working 40 hours. It’s not glamorous, it’s a job and though nice. You can get sucked into bad routines. Even be over working.

  3. Lol I was watching this and it started a timer on my Google Home

  4. I definitely struggle with this as someone who often works in the outside world during the day and then needs to study at night! All I want to do is lye in my bed when I get home but then it makes me feel gross when this is where I eat, study, and sleep! So hard to convince myself to go upstairs lol

  5. I have been a night owl my whole life and I really feel misunderstood by the system 🙁 it is so hard to get up in the mornings and actually be productive during the mornings even if I slept the right amount of hours…

  6. Loved this one. I would be so happy to see the videos you suggested in the end. 🙂

  7. I love your genuineness and commitment to self betterment and productivity.

  8. Im not sure but i feel through my screen that you are a little sad. I wish i could shake it but i dont mean any harm. I hope all is well with you.

  9. so wise oh my gosh

  10. This is so helpful! Ps your posture is amazing wow

  11. I love your talking videos ♥️

  12. Hey Ingrid – like most people, I use my cell phone as an alarm clock. Since you keep your phone outside of your bedroom, what do you use to wake you up in the morning? I think using our phones to wake us up can make it really hard to stay disconnected from tech in the morning.

  13. This videos has been a reminder for me to respect my time and my space even when I'm at home. Sometimes I forget that selfcare also includes discipline in my day to day life.

    Thankyou Ingrid ♡

  14. omg I make all these mistakes almost every day 😀 Even today I ate my breakfast while working… but now I'm gonna do better and dress up! 🙂

  15. Changing out of PJ's is really important. Also if I ate that for lunch I would be starving lol

  16. I don't know why, but i always feel guilty working from home. But like you mentioned, its not as glamorous as people think it is. Right now, today I'm working from home and i decided to watch this video again so i can again realize that this is a great opportunity for me to be more productive.

  17. Has anyone ever told you that you look like Kourtney kardashian? Kind of sound like her too <3

  18. I love this video! GREAT TIPS! it let me know I am on the right path to success (:

  19. lol, you just set a 45 min alarm on my Google home!! hahahaha

  20. Office life is not my kinda life, anyone feels me? AND I just discovered your channel, Ingrid, and this video is so relatable! For me, I'm a full-time student and work from home, plus I just created my YouTube channel, so it's been crazy (would appreciate any support/ feedback too, so please hit subscribe and check it out)! I find that it also helps to take intentional breaks for you to just daydream and do nothing. It's also super suffocating for me to stay home the entire day and work, probably due to the lack of social energy from others. If that happens, cafes, libraries and basically a change of environment helps me power through!

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