Making Working From Home Work
Whether you are a blogger, entrepreneur, or resident student, working from home can be somewhat of a double-edged sword. Of course, the perks of running errands whenever you want, replying to emails in your pajamas, and never missing the UPS man bring your latest online splurge are second to none – but, you are going to have times (read: days) when all motivation to be productive goes out the window and Netflix is calling your name. It happens to the best of us and you’re not alone. Your TRIBE is here to support you, but I’ll share some of what I’ve learned to make working from home work for you.
Designate an area for your work.
First things first: create an environment that you know is going to help you put your head in a working space. If you’re answering calls or finishing an assignment under the covers of your bed, it probably isn’t the best place to get that done. Now, I’m not telling you to go to IKEA and buy a whole new office set, but working at the kitchen table or a counter top is great for simulating the office experience and framing your day. Don’t be afraid to light some candles or treat yourself to some headphones – whatever gets you in a good groove!
Be honest about your priorities.
When there’s a lull in my schedule or I’m waiting for a response to my email, I’m super guilty of jumping on my phone *real quick* and checking social media or going through my personal email and seeing what promotions and sales I could catch. I missed an entire conference call one time and I knew then that it was time for some discipline. From that day forward, not only does my phone go on Do Not Disturb, it also goes in my sock drawer. Maaaybe that’s a little extreme, but you can’t sacrifice accomplishing your goals for checking to see who made it on The Shade Room for the day. It. Can. Wait.
Make a schedule.
This one might not seem as obvious, but working from home blurs the lines of what an appropriate work-life balance should be. Responding to requests for information at 8 p.m. or finishing that assignment on a Saturday isn’t forbidden, but being on-call around the clock can lead to stress which will take its toll on you, sooner than later. It’s understandable to want to push yourself as hard as you can and do everything at once, I get it. Everyone needs a break, and even if it’s just to go get the mail or run an errand, let your mind rest and have some time to process other things. No one is going to fault you if let that voicemail sit until the morning.
The truth is, there are no rules when it comes to working from home. It is your space and your work. You are in charge of what you take on and how you handle it, and the best part is, we all want to see you do great. If you ever need a listening ear or a helping hand, your TRIBE is always there.