Working from home has it's rewards. And setbacks. One thing that is particularly challenging, of course, is that I work from home with two young children. I do have specific days that are set aside. For instance, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I have childcare for 4 hours in the morning. I go to a coffee shop. I cannot, cannot work in my house during this time (the background noise can be slightly distracting).
I also sometimes work during naptimes and after dinner (although these are my least productive times of the day). Below are five things that have helped me motivate and power through when the kids are asleep.
1. 10 Minute Workout. Most weekdays I force myself to get through a 10 minute workout before I do anything else. This really helps if I'm tired (most days I am exhausted).
2. Wash your face. During the first part of the day I work up a sweat chasing my kids around - and after a quick workout. Freshen up midday. It feels like a new start.
3. Light a candle. I don't know why, but for some reason this helps awaken my senses. One of my favorites is this citrus scented one.
4. Keep your workspace clean. Admittedly, this is the most challenging one for me. I have a habit of using my desk as a paper storage area, but if you have an organized surface, you might actually want to sit in it and accomplish something. Maybe.
5. Engage in conversation. With yourself. Yes, I talk to myself when I'm working. The one thing I miss the most about not being in an office is the social interaction (Gorbie is not the best conversationalist). I'll rattle off what I'm supposed to do for work, read aloud product descriptions or muse about the weather. Seriously chat yourself up. ;)
Do you work from home? Any tips you'd like to share?
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