Working from home is something I have had truly learn how to navigate the past few weeks. It isn’t as easy as you would think it is to stay on task while there are so many distractions around you. I have found a few different things that have made it a little bit easier for me to stay focused throughout the day whether it be for my regular job, blogging or wedding planning. There is a slight chance that I have OCD when it comes to having a routine. Literally…my fiancé makes fun of me because of all the lists I have everywhere…I actually make lists for just about anything big or small. Although I am convinced that it is because I constantly have so many ideas, thoughts and tasks on my mind that it is really hard for me to remember them after even a few seconds.
I have gathered a few different ideas and little details that make my day go smoothly without getting too far off task. I have really gotten into a specific and detailed routine which is so beneficial when you are trying to juggle many different things throughout your day from your home. It truly isn’t easy working from home but it is really rewarding if you can actually maintain a great schedule…my dogs really love it as well! Enough of the rambling lets get down to business!
Having a routine is so incredibly important for many reasons but for someone who works from home it truly gives my day structure from the moment I wake up. I like to start my morning at 5am which seems a little extreme but I like to take my time in the morning for myself and be ready somewhere between 8am-830am. I go to the gym and take my dogs for a long walk afterwards…the quiet allows me to organize my thoughts for the day. I recommend it even if you don’t have dogs to walk!
Once home, I get my house ready for the day. This step is so important for me because an open, bright and organized home really helps me feel good not only about myself but being able to get things done at the computer. If the house is a mess I feel like a mess and then I just can’t stop thinking about how I need to get things cleaned up (total distraction). So, I take this time to do a few cleaning tasks around the house, make my bed and open all the blinds/windows (if it is cool enough).
I get ready for the day (yes you heard me) even though I don’t have to leave the house most days I always make sure to do my hair and make up. Staying in your pajamas or simply not putting any effort into how you look since you are working from home can just make you feel sluggish and lazy. Finding motivation to get things done is so hard if I feel like I am meant to be in bed and by the time the end of the day comes around I feel as though I accomplished absolutely nothing! After that, it’s time to make my breakfast and coffee!
Generally, I like to plan out my week on Sundays. I have three planners…one for my personal life/work life, an editorial planner for my blog and of course I update my phone calendar with all my plans. Kind of crazy (I know) but I like to actually write things down on paper but at the same time I like having everything on my phone so I can see what I have going on if I’m not near my planners. I am a little excessive, I am aware. During this time I kind of try to block out time frames each day for what I need to accomplish outside of work and really decide what editorial pictures I need to take for the week.
Depending on your work load, making a task list every morning can be extremely helpful. Since I am in the midst of planning a wedding, maintaining my blog and working my job I like to write down the things that I truly need to make sure gets done. Usually, it just consists of a list of emails I need to send out for wedding planning and work or pictures/posts/brainstorming for my blog. This just prevents me from forgetting the things I need to get done and helps me stay focused!
I like to separate my day so I am not jumping from one activity to the next. If I am taking pictures for blog posts I like to do this first for lighting purposes since I like to use natural light. Afterwards, I answer and send any wedding emails. Then I like to move on to my work emails sending out all emails I need to for the day before beginning to respond to the ones I haven’t read. Once I have wrapped that up for the day I typically do my best writing for blog posts during the evening. Once I get everything out I wanted to for the day then I just answer emails as they come in.
Having an organized space or desk to work at is important for success. Working from your couch or bed can make it a lot more difficult to stay focused and away from distractions. It is also makes it hard for me to stay motivated because I don’t feel like I am really getting anything done. Keeping an organized desk that has all my necessities at it really helps. I also love burning my lavender candle and having a succulent near by.
I also love taking a mid-day break. During this time I usually make lunch, take the dogs on another walk and make myself a cappuccino. This just helps me refresh and recharge so I can continue the day without feeling like I am chained to my computers.
All of these little adjustments in my day really help me work from home sufficiently. I have actually come to love my daily routine and if I forget anything I just feel as though my day really isn’t right. I hope you can incorporate some of these into your daily routine…or maybe you already do them! What tips and tricks do you love for working from home?
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