Most days you can find me in my cozy little office corner, wearing sweatpants + sipping coffee that was probably hot at some point (whyyy can I never finish it while it’s hot?!).
Working from home is a dream come true for me. No commuting, no small talk about my weekend with co-workers, and no useless office meetings. But one of the hardest parts about transitioning from an office building to my living room was learning how to stay productive when I’m in the same room as my Xbox all day. If that sounds familiar, read on for some hot tips to keep you on your A game:
1) When you’re an entrepreneur there is ALWAYS something on the to-do list. Try organizing by: ongoing with no set deadline, monthly, weekly, and daily. A day planner or app is your best friend!
2) It’s difficult to keep home life and work life separate when you work where you live and live where you work. Some entrepreneurs are adamant about office hours, but that approach doesn’t really work for me. Try splitting your workday into sections and scheduling breaks for yourself every two-ish hours to get up and stretch, refill your whiskey (I mean water), play with your dog, etc.
3) Have a dedicated workspace (even if it’s just a cozy corner!) so you can keep all your work shit together. I don’t always work at my desk, but I know that if I need the space I have it, and if I’m looking for an important document or my camera charger I know exactly where they are.
4) Some days you might just REALLY not feel like working. So don’t. What’s the point of working for yourself if you don’t have the freedom to make your own schedule? But on days that you really do need to get something done, make a deal with yourself that you’ll work on it for just thirty minutes. You can even set a timer. I’ll bet once you get going it will be easy to finish your project, and if not you can call it a day knowing you put in a solid effort.
5) It’s actually pretty easy for me to work from home because I wake up every day excited to get to work. If you’re constantly fighting procrastination it might be time to take another look at your business to make sure it’s what you really want to be doing, or to consider working in another setting like a co-working space or a coffee shop.