Working from home isn’t as glamourous as it may sound to others. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what needs done at home and the “office,” but follow these tips and you’ll feel like Supermom, well at least occasionally, in no time!
Get Up: For most of you reading this you probably have kids at home which are the best alarm clocks, but if not, set your alarm and get up early. It’s amazing how much more productive I feel when I’m an early riser. Throw in a load of laundry, start the dishwasher, pack lunches, workout if you have that will power and once the kids are off to school you can sit down and actually work.
Get Dressed: So often I hear that a benefit of working remotely is working in your pajamas. NO!!! Even if you change from your pajamas into your most comfy yoga pants, you will feel so much more productive. Throw on some lip gloss and mascara. Do your hair or at least throw it in a bun on top of your head. You’ll feel much more “professional” even sporting those yoga pants and not so hunkered down and vegged out.
Coffee: I’m coffee obsessed. Anyone know of a good whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth? I find that when I take the time to program my coffee pot the night before, it helps me get out of bed and start my day with a happy smile. That old, feel-good commercial is true. The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. Yes, I drink Folgers. Their Morning Cafe is one of my favs. They even have Kcups if thats your thing. Speaking of, if you’re trying to cut back on your daily coffee intake, invest in a Yeti! I drink less coffee when I pair my Yeti and Keurig together because I offer myself less “warm ups.” Hmmmm….sounds like a great partnership and sponsorship I just made for myself doesn’t it?! Does anyone have ties to Yeti, Folgers and Keurig? Send them my way!!
Allow yourself a break: No not a coffee break. You’ve had enough caffeine by now! Grab some water. Stand up if you work at your computer, which let’s be honest most of us do. Go outside and get some fresh air. Switch out your laundry. Have lunch away from your desk. Workout for 20-30 minutes. Anything to give your mind a rest!
Stay off of Social Media: I cannot stress this enough. This is the biggest time sucker of them all. Program yourself to check it once in the morning and once in the evening. The only exception is if this is part of your actual job. Still, limit your personal social media to twice a day. It’ll make your happier in general too!
A clean workspace: Make your home office your own. Keep your desk clean. I make sure I declutter it every week. I think we can all agree it’s so much more pleasant to get to work when your workspace is organized.
Time Management: Make a schedule for yourself. Here is an example of one I’ve recently made for myself:
6:30 am: Up and at it! Need. Coffee. Throw in a load of laundry or dishes.
7:00 am: Kids up. Make breakfast and lunches. Kids and myself dressed and ready.
8:15 am: Drop kids off at school.
8:30 am: Official work time begins.
Noon: Break for lunch and workout. Switch out laundry if needed.
1 pm: Back to work.
3 pm: Pick kids up from school.
This is where it can get a little cray-cray! From 3-6, depending on the day I run around like a little firecracker. I get in more work, take kids to sports or activities as scheduled, start dinner, etc.
At the end of the day, when everyone is in bed, I try to tie up any loose ends with work, cleaning, meal prep, etc.
Make your own schedule and do your best to stick to it. With trial and error, you’ll find out what works best for you. Already have a scheudle in place? Please share what works for you in the comments below!