Working from home has it’s advantages and it’s disadvantages, like everything else. I’ve been working from home for over 4 years now, so I feel like I’ve finally found a method to the madness. Some days it’s easy, and some days it’s really hard. The hardest days are the days when Noah decides to not take a nap. Luckily those days don’t come often, and he tends to sleep for 2-3 hours when he does nap.
On days when I strictly work from home I’ve found the following are really helpful:
- MAKE A TO-DO LIST THE NIGHT BEFORE– This is beneficial even if you don’t work from home, but I find it really beneficial for me lately. I have so many things to get done lately that when I wake up in the morning it’s nice to have a clean list written out so I know exactly where to start. I like to keep this list on Evernote on my computer. It’s such a helpful app when it comes to making lists!
- SET UP A WORK SPACE– This doesn’t have to be a full-on office. If you do have space for an office you should definetly set one up, but if you don’t try to create a little space that you consider your office at home. Even if it’s just a tiny area, it will still help you focus when you go to that area. Sometimes I can be really productive working from the counter in my kitchen or on my couch, but I find that I’m most productive when I’m working in my office, so I’ve been forcing myself to work in there more often. During the day when Noah is awake I usually have to work from the main living area in our home so that I can play with him while I knock out some emails at the same time. When he is napping or is down for the night, I work in my office where I can really focus.
- TRY NOT TO WORK IN THE EVENINGS EVERYDAY- This one can be hard for me, because I’m so often working on the evenings during the week lately. On Monday this week I was just so exhausted. I had been sick for a week straight, and was getting no sleep at night because I was constantly blowing my nose or couldn’t breathe through my nose (dang flu!) I decided that I was going to stop working at 5 pm, and the evening was glorious. I didn’t check my phone once. I ended up going to bed early, reading, and falling asleep really easily. I may have to make this more of a thing, and shoot for a goal of 3 evenings of no work every week (if possible!)
- SCHEDULE DAYS TO WORK OUT OF THE HOUSE- Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to be at home everyday. On Wednesdays my sister watches Noah so Dylan and I are both out of the house doing photo shoots, going to meetings, and working from coffee shops. On Tuesdays and Thursdays Dylan stays home with Noah so I can go run errands, have meetings or work from coffee shops if needed. Having the extra flexibility is nice because it means I’m not stuck in the house everyday unless I want to be. I’m always so happy to come home to Noah even if I’m only gone for a few hours. It’s really refreshing because I can get a lot done, and I come home an even better mom.
- GET DRESSED- This last one is a bit of a no brainer; sitting around in your underwear doesn’t feel productive, ha. Honestly for me all I really need to do is shower, and put on something comfy. As long as I’m out of my pajamas we are in the productivity zone. I really like to work in yoga pants and a comfy top.
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Have anymore tips for working from home? Feel free to share them with me in the comments. I could always use a little help in this area! Thanks so much for reaching today you guys!