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 we never finish it while it’s hot?!).
Working from home is, to put it eloquently, the fuckin’ best. No commuting, no small talk about my weekend with co-workers, and no useless office meetings. But the most difficult thing 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 Playstation all day. If that sounds familiar, read on for some hot tips to keep you on your A game:
1) When you’re a business owner there is ALWAYS something on the to-do list. Always. Try organizing your to-dos by: monthly, weekly, daily, and no-deadline-but-still-needs-doing. A day planner or app is your best friend! Have weekly check-ins with yourself to evaluate where you are with client projects and set your intentions for the next few days: what do you HAVE to get done? What would you LIKE to get done?
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 always work for me. I like to work when I’m inspired, and sometimes that’s at 10 pm, you know? Try splitting your workday into sections, scheduling hours for working both IN your business and ON your business. Scheduling breaks to get up and stretch, refill your whiskey (I mean water), and play with your dog is also a good idea.
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 consider working in another setting, like a co-working space or a coffee shop. It might also be time to take another look at your business to make sure it’s the kind of work you really want to be doing.