Tips for Working from Home


Working from home is the dream right? It definitely has it's perks, but it also comes with it's own set of challenges. No one is making you do anything, which seems great, but at some point, to have a successful business, you're gonna have to be productive. There is something to be said for having to be somewhere at a certain time, showing up for someone else. To successfully work from home, you have to learn how to show up for yourself.

HAVE A WORKSPACE YOU WANT TO BE IN

I'll admit that I'm a HUGE environment snob. I mean, we all are to a certain extent, I suppose. We're visual, feeling humans, and we're much more productive AND happy when we enjoy the space we're in. (Confession: I chose my gym because of the lighting fixtures and brick walls in the cardio room. But hey, it gets me there).
Create a workspace, even if it's just a corner of a room that you truly enjoy sitting in and that is an expression of yourself. 

GET UP EARLY

It doesn't have to be anything crazy, but get up around the same time you would get up to go to an office. Reward yourself with slow mornings on the weekend.

CREATE A ROUTINE

Get up at the same time every day, and get into a rhythm. I wake up, hit snooze once (yes, every time), then get up and make my matcha or coffee, sit with my thoughts for 20 minutes while I wake up, and either go to the gym and then shower and start my day, or I shower and get dressed and get to work. "Shower and get dressed" seems like an unnecessary detail, but it's important in the start of my day because it really helps me feel like it's time to get things done, rather than staying in my pajamas and blurring the lines of "work" and cruising Pinterest for an hour and a half. 

GET OUTSIDE AT LEAST ONCE EVERY DAY

Both for your mental and physical health. I live walking distance to my gym, so if I don't workout, I make sure and take a walk to just get some fresh air, or to my coffee/tea place a few blocks away. Even getting in the car and going somewhere helps - PRO TIP: No one is at the grocery store in the middle of the day! Get your shopping done if you need a break from your desk.
It can also be very alienating working by yourself from home. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm not alone in the world by going out and interacting with other humans for a little bit. - That might be what I miss most about going to an office is having that relationship with people sharing the same experience. 

HAVE FUN WITH IT

Like listening to music while you work? Blast it! You wouldn't be able to do that if you were in an office full of people. Get up and dance for a little break.
Light candles. I always like to have one going - it makes the room smell good and just enhances the ambiance. 
And it never hurts to bait yourself with a donut by your computer every once in awhile.

Find a rhythm that works for you. Try all sorts of different things until you find something you fall into comfortably. Some people like to have a structure and some people want to be more free with it. A lot of people think it's really important to have a quitting time. I like to set my alarm in the morning and let the day unfold. I'll usually call it quits a little early and meet a friend for happy hour, or catch up on my tv shows, but then I'll come back and work for a couple hours later at night. But that doesn't work for everybody. 

Learn how to show up for yourself. Pay attention to how good it feels to do something for yourself and cultivate something that is your own.