Sharpened pencil’s at the ready…
To work from home has it’s benefit’s that’s for sure. You can wear whatever you want and of course I make the most of this. Expect to find me in running pants and a large hoodie whenever I’m indoors. The second upside is the time and hassle you save not having to travel to an office everyday. This is probably my favourite part of working from home. On the flip side motivation can sometimes slip and the distraction of YouTube or online shopping doesn’t make things any easier. There’s something to be said for a boss looking over your shoulder when you have a deadline to meet.
If you work from home I’m assuming you are freelance. If that’s the case then getting the job done is a priority because those bills won’t be paying themselves.
Routines aren’t just for puppies and children.
I usually get up around 7.30-8am, drink a coffee and walk the dog. Around 9am I like to start my working day by going through e mails. What happens after that varies greatly from day to day. I might be glued to my computer writing blog post one day. Whereas the next I’ll be out shooting outfits.
Whilst two days aren’t the same (thank god) I have certain things in place to create a balance. When working from home it’s easy for the work day to blend into the evening. In my experience this is a bad idea unless you’re a night own and like to work at night. I like to focus on my work throughout the day to get everything done. Stopping for a lunch break is important otherwise my brain tends to stop working around 2pm.
Create some kind of space…
A dedicated work space is a wellbeing necessity. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a spare room that you can transform into a home office. I mean, who the hell has?
I have a super large table that really is the heart of the home. During the day this becomes the office where I have my laptop, camera or anything else I need. Around 5.30 I try to clear everything work related away and transition to evening mode. It’s important to separate the two and allow yourself that time in the evening to rest in a non-working environment. Having a cupboard to store all of your work stuff is a great idea. Then you can quickly put everything in it’s place and crack on with the evening. I usually keep my laptop out to answer any last e mails before around 8pm.
Get a support network…
It helps to have some people to lean on. This could be friends, family or someone who also works from home. When I became freelance all of my friends had proper day jobs. Since then a couple have started their own businesses and I’ve been introduced to fellow bloggers. In addition my boyfriend is also freelance so I have rotation of people I can talk to. In the past I’ve needed help with the back end of my blog or simply someone to moan to. This really helps when you have someone around that is in a similar position as you are. Otherwise it can feel lonely and isolating.
You might not be hiring staff but knowing when to outsource help can be smart. In my case this would be an accountant. This definitely isn’t my strong area so handing that job over saves me valuable time to focus on what I’m good at.
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