So You have achieved the dream of working from home. You may have convinced your boss to let you work remotely, or you may have achieved your dream of escaping the 9 to 5 and started your own business. CONGRATS!!!!
Now days of working in your Pajamas and working whenever you damn well please are going through your head. While that MAY work for a month or so if you are serious about making this work there are some tips you have to follow to ensure you remain at peak productiveness.
I outline below the tips that have worked for me. I have talked to other work at home people, and they all echo the same tips that I have found useful.
Here they are:
Get Up and Get Dressed When You Work From Home
I KNOW it is tempting to stay in your Pajamas and Lord only knows I have done this plenty of times. I am here to tell you that I find that I am most productive when I shower and get dressed. In fact, I have a subscription to both GyennieeBee and StichFix so that I can get away from the whole slogging through the day in my Pajamas. I am NEVER as productive in my pajamas as I am in “real clothes.”
This makes it easy to hop onto social media too. I am gonna give you the cold hard truth here. Are You Ready?
No one wants to see you in your Pajamas!
I know when I see people in Pajamas on Facebook Live or Instagram it makes me die a little inside. I am not naming names, but there are a few bloggers I was REALLY interested in working with until I saw them in their Pajamas live. I wondered if they even took themselves and their business seriously.
And that is what you were doing ultimately. You are building a business. You won’t go to a 9 to 5 in your Pajamas so why treat your OWN business that way?
When You Work From Home, it is Important to Have a Routine
I find that when I have a routine that I GET…SO.MUCH..MORE ..DONE. If I just get up and don’t follow my routine, then I am probably gonna play around on social media all day. I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA! To prevent that I follow my routine. Everyone seems to be posting their routines on their blogs these days, so I am gonna post mine. It is
- Get up
- Get caffeinated
- Go to the gym
- Come home
- Get Dressed
- Check email and social media
- Chat with friends for a bit
- Get to work
- After I am done for the day I read
That is what a typical day looks like for me. Of course, if I have Doctor appt then it is different, but for most days it looks like this.
This helps me feel in control of my day and make sure I get everything done. I also use the app Freedom to block out ALL distractions while writing. Once I get into the flow, I get so mad if someone interrupts me. This app has been a godsend. I highly recommend it.
When you work from home, it is VITAL that you protect your creative time.
As I have stated above, I HATE being interrupted while I work. I protect my writing time fiercely. When I write, I am writing for myself and clients. I do not want to be bothered with emails and random social media chats. My IRL friends think because I work from home I am always available, but that is so not true.
It is important for me to be able to fully concentrate on being able to give my best to this blog and clients. I mean you are paying me to deliver so I want to make damn sure that I do. And to make damn sure that I am giving only my best I need hours of uninterrupted writing time. I get distracted easily, and I am not one of those people that can magically multitask so I turn on Freedom on my phone, kindle and Mac and presto NOTHING can interrupt me! #bliss
I am not going to lie it can get REALLY lonely working from home so do yourself a favor and invest in a business bestie.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my IRL friends, but most do not understand the whole online business thingie. I try and explain, and they think I sit in my pajamas and play on social media all day. They have no idea that 90 percent of my social media is automated. If you want to see the tools that I use to go here.
My “online friends” as my mom and IRL friends like to call them understand my exigent when a post goes viral or that I reached 2k with Pinterest. I tell you I was SOOO excited when I did that, but my IRL friends were all like WHY?? #FACEPALM
I don’t have a “bestie” yet so far. I am working on it. I am experimenting with ways to do this so stay tuned for a blog post on THAT.
I am part of a mastermind that has been amazing, so I am getting there!
When you work from home make sure you still keep in contact with your friends
On the other hand, do not lose touch with your IRL friends. You can’t stay focused on your business 24/7 you will burn out then get depressed for six months *cough* Yes That was a hard lesson learned. I take a couple of evenings a week to go out with friends here in Cleveland, and I always feel rejuvenated afterward. Maybe I will even go out for a long lunch and come back and work. Once I was REALLY stuck on a project, then I went with a friend to our favorite Mexican place and had some drinks and bam I could see how to proceed. Just remember;
WRITE DRUNK EDIT SOBER -Hemmingway
Trust me you do NOT want to edit drunk. It will not turn out well. Remember the shitty first draft? That’s is when you can write drunk then after you sober you edit the hell out of it. Editing is necessary. Never Ever show anyone your shitty first draft. I don’t care who you are you DO NOT WRITE THAT WELL ON THE FIRST TRY! So go to sleep, sober up and edit, edit, edit.
When the four walls start of your house to feel like a jail cell get out to a coffee shop or something.
Lastly get your ass out of your damn apartment or house. Ideas come from when you are living your life not behind a computer screen.
Also if you feel stuck, a change of scenery will help. I know when I start to feel blah I go to a coffee shop and I find that the change in scenery helps A LOT. There are times when I refuse to leave my apartment, and that is in the depths of the Cleveland winters. I am a Southern girl transplanted here five years a go, and I STILL refuse to leave my apartment in January or February. No thank you. Any other time I usually go to the library or the coffee shop once or twice a week.
So yeah gone are the days that I slog around in my Pajamas and hide from the world. I did that for a while, and I did not fare well. I hope to spare you the same pain.
Tell me what YOUR tips for working from home are?