Where to you work from?
For me, my office is in a large back room of the house that is half TV room, half office. Around the corner is the fridge, down the hall is my bed and outside is a cabana and my (most adorable) cat waiting for me to come play.
It is hard to stay focused and efficient for over 5 hours even on my good days. And sometimes, I just don’t have the motivation. We ran out of coffee this morning and it made me realize there are a few key things that make me work better from home.
Here’s a list of no-brainer
you should follow whether you work from home, the local coffee bar or even a 9-5. Staying productive and knocking out 8 hours when you work from home IS doable!
- Plan your coffee & pick-me-up accordingly. When I am being good with my schedule, I wake up at 7am, have coffee in hand by 7:30. This gets my day rolling and the faster I get to my seat, the more work I end up accomplishing. I opt for a tea or tall glass of water with apple cider vinegar and a dab of cyanne pepper as my pick-me-up in the afternoon.
- TAKE A SHOWER. Seriously, I am amazed at the energy and focus I get after a hot shower followed by dressing myself in real clothes (not just pajamas) and fresh socks. Plus it makes me prepared for anyone that comes to the door or if I need to run a quick errand.
- A | C L E A N | work space. I can’t stress this one enough. when there is laundry on the couch behind me my eyeballs can see out the back of my head. When my desk and office is clean, my mind is clear.
- Find your ZEN. A succulent or green plant on your desk, a candle in the corner or a mix of music to keep you moving. I try to play a mellow list in the morning and then bump it up to something more upbeat by the afternoon to keep my energy vibes.
- Eat lunch in another room or outdoors. When I take my lunch break and spend the time outside I almost always get a fresh start to the rest of the workday. If I spend the day inside and turn the TV at lunch I tend to become lethargic and more interested in Pinterest than paperwork.
- Create a schedule and keep it. Plan out most phone calls to be early on so you force yourself to get moving!
- Use a real notepad and calendar. I use a planner daily and it helps me so much more than my iCalendar does. It also gives you a ledger that you can look back on easily and file at the end of the year.