In recent weeks, I've been working from home doing freelance work while I transition to a new city. I've been really fortunate to have the opportunity to do so in addition to working on the blog and a few other personal projects.. Like I mentioned in a previous post about what to do between jobs, it's important to stay productive during times of transition.
But, working from home has been a transition in itself. After working in an office setting for two years, I've had to figure out ways to stay on track and feel inspired to work at home throughout the day. It almost feels like being in college again because you're left to your own devices to either do the work or not while surrounded by infinite distractions.
Luckily, it's been a positive experience that I've been able to navigate pretty well so I wanted to share some of my tips for making it work.
Set goals as soon as you wake up.
Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do (even before skincare) is make a list of the day's goals in the notes section of my phone. Getting it all out of your head and onto a list helps to clear the fog in your mind. As I complete tasks throughout the day, I copy and paste the item to the "Done" section of the note which feels super satisfying.
Make a schedule.
Since I've been working from home, I've set up a schedule, albeit a loose one, for my daily tasks. As much as I try, I'm not a natural early riser so I am taking advantage of this time by sleeping in until about 8:30 every morning when I naturally wake up. I like to get a relatively slow start to the morning by eating breakfast, checking blogs, and reading a bit before I get to work. Typically, I'll start working around 10:30 am and knock out all of my work. It's totally different than what I did working in an office and it doesn't work for everyone, but it works perfectly for me and allows me to be highly productive without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. In short, make a schedule but don't feel obligated to follow the same routine you did at the office.
Create an inspiring workspace.
I've tried out a few workspaces around the house and finally settled on working at the desk in my bedroom. I turn on my twinkle lights and open the blinds then light a relaxing candle next to my laptop. I'm sure to keep the desk super clean and, to make the space even prettier, I keep my favorite Rifle Paper Company calendar in clear view. Being such a visual person, having a calming and beautiful workspace is vital for me. It's the same concept as working from a cozy coffee shop: finding or creating a workspace that makes you want to spend time there.
Listen to podcasts when working on tedious tasks.
A lot of the work I've been doing lately has been related to copywriting and copyediting, which is good work but can get rather repetitive and monotonous. In order to enjoy my time doing these tasks, I listen to episodes of my favorite inspiring podcasts. Not only does it pass the time, but it's a great way to multitask and gain some motivation for your career.
Make time for creative projects and non-work-related errands.
In so many jobs, there is a lot of wasted time working in an office. Working from home allows you to be in complete control of your productivity which often means you'll finish your daily tasks in a shorter amount of time, leaving extra time for other projects. Between work projects, I make sure to give myself time to work on personal projects like taking classes on Skillshare and creative writing. Sometimes, I'll work on these things while taking a short break from work projects and other times, I'll wait until after my work is completely done.
Find a balance between getting dressed and staying comfortable.
Many people suggest that you get fully dressed to work from home just like you would if you were going to an office. I understand the reasoning but I like to be comfortable so that's definitely not a tip that I follow. However, it's good to find a middle ground between getting dressed up and staying in your robe all day (which is okay sometimes, too). I suggest finding that middle ground so that you're comfy and relaxed, but still feel confident. I personally like wearing simple black leggings and a white t-shirt, which is basically my cozy version of the Steve Jobs uniform.
Have you ever tried working from home? Tell me about it!