Motivate.

2/25/2014


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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15 comments:

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

I work from home & my trick is I only use my office space as an office. Even though it doubles as a guest room, I only work in there. As soon I walk in there, I'm in work mode. Even then, some days are more successful than others!

always, koru kate

Molly {Dreams in HD} said...

i work from home too and love it for the most part, but for me the one negative is being rather stir crazy. i try to switch up my work location now and then {a local coffee shop being one of my favorites} and can't stress enough how much scheduling my day helps me!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

A very good post. I work from home too and it is harder than some might think. Great list!

Jillian Manesh said...

great tips! i work from home sometimes too and i find that i need a desk or something to sit at when i work! or else ill get sucked into tv ;) xo

Stephanie said...

I love working from home but it's definitely more challenging than most people think. One of my tricks is to keep my phone either on silent or in another room altogether when I really need to be productive. Seeing all the notifications can be very distracting!

Alison Dulaney said...

Tip number 4 is key whether working at home or stuck at an office! Great tips!

Jenna Griffin said...

These are great tips! I especially agree with #3 and 4. I just cleaned my workspace and afterward I just couldn't stop smiling!

Linh Vo said...

I don't work from home (yet). I work part-time and luckily, my mom watches my little one until 4pm or so. That gives me a couple hrs after work to run home and either work out or get my side things done. I definitely need to sit in a desk to work. Otherwise, I'll end up watching tv or falling asleep.
Linh
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Alex Hubbard said...

I wish you had written this when I was working from home! I can sometimes work from home now, so when I do I'll keep these tips in mind :)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I also work from home and have conversations with myself from time to time. I make it a habit to get dressed for it as well.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Johanna said...

I could not agree more with your tips! I talk to myself all the time. In fact, I just was while I was creating a post...reading out loud...natch.

Erin said...

I work in a typical office setting, but my Sundays are usually devoted to working on writing. And like you, I have a really strict process I stick to: thick socks, light a candle, tea and water at the ready, cell phone NO WHERE near me, blanket on my lap, aaand go. I sit at a desk and use my iMac rather than my macbook. I have to tick all these boxes before I get in the "zone"! xo

Gloria said...

I love these tips! I'm going to try lighting a candle the next time I need a refresh :-)

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Haven't lit up a candle for some time, you just inspired me!

Jen said...

As a fellow work-from-homer I'm so with you on this one-- although I'm still trying to figure out how to make it work best for me.

And I totally laughed at that last one. I talk to myself ALL. DAY. LONG.