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Working for yourself can be a difficult job – you must have a lot of self-control and focus. I’ve been working from home for six years now and these are a few tips that I find crucial. I hope these will help you to stay on track while being your own boss.
There are tons of articles out there that say to be successful you have to wake up at the crack of dawn. I highly disagree with that. One of the perks of working from home is that you can set your own schedule. Mornings are NOT my most productive time so I accept that and ease into the day. I make coffee and breakfast, check some emails and then usually take our dog to the park – I need to wear her out so I can get right to work in the afternoon. It’s okay to allow yourself a flexible schedule.
Figure out what time of the day you are most productive and reserve those hours to get your work done. Maybe you’re trying to work around your kids’ schedules or you might like to take afternoons off. Decide what time you do your best thinking and work during those hours.
When you work from home, you need to find a happy medium – one of the best things about working for yourself is the freedom you have to come and go as you please, but you need to have the self-control to get your work done. And on the other end, making sure to take time for yourself and not working around the clock!
Having a creative space set aside for you to work is another important aspect in order to stay productive when working from home. Being able to go to your ‘office’ each morning and being inspired by your surroundings will help keep you focused on your work and away from distractions. Having your own workspace helps keep your work organized, and it will make it easier for you to distinguish work life from home life. You can see my workspace here. Even if you spend part of your day working from other areas of your house (like your bed!), it’s nice to have a space dedicated just to work.
My favorite way to update a space is by adding a few inspiring quotes to the walls. It’s so simple and it’s easy to update. To help you get your inspiring space started, I created this simple “Dream and Hustle” typographic poster for you to download and print!
This is a big one for me. Sometimes I find myself at home in the middle of a project with nothing in the fridge or just a bunch of unhealthy snacks that I’ll gorge on. So I’ve been making it a new priority to have healthy snacks around! Some of my favorites are avocado toast, fresh blended smoothies and rice cakes topped with peanut butter, chia seeds and banana! These are all great for around the house, but when I need to run to a meeting or take the dog to the park, I love having something ready to grab and that’s where LALA® Yogurt Smoothies come in. They have the convenience of portability, are a great source of calcium and protein, they taste amaziiiing and are made from real fruit!
Since I pretty much despise grocery shopping I like to hit up WalMart and get a huge stock of snacks to keep in the fridge and pantry. You can find the LALA® Yogurt Smoothies right in the yogurt aisle near the dairy and they actually have a coupon running right – save $1 on any 4-pack or 10-pack when you also purchase any fresh produce item. How cool right?
As hard as it can be at times, owning your own business is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your life, and all the struggle is worth it in the end! What tips do you have on how to stay productive when working from home? Share them in the comments!
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