Working from home can be tough, whether you’re blogging, a photographer or a freelancer, student or anything that involves working from home! It can be tough to find the motivation to get to work especially when your bed is nice and warm and its cold outside and all you want to do is snuggle up and catch up on the sleep you’ve been missing out on!
So here are my tips on how to get your butt out of bed and ready for a kickass day of productivity and working hard!
- Wake up at the same time everyday – including weekends. Okay, maybe you can give yourself a nice sleep on a sunday morning but this tip not only helps with productivity, it helps with your sleeping pattern too! Which is why it is so vital that your body knows what to expect every morning, if you’re up at 7 one morning and 11 the next, you’re going to be all over the place! Waking up at the same time every day is the beginning on a really great routine! Which leads me onto my next point…
- Have a Morning Routine – having a routine to jump into takes a lot off of our shoulders when we first wake up, if you’re waking up and immediately having to make decisions you’re going to get tired much more quickly, its #science, trust me. Having a routine to jump into takes away all that hard work, having your clothes already laid out, breakfast prepped, it all helps! Anyone’s routine can be what they think works best for them but there are a couple things that will definitely help if you include them…
- Make the bed – I hate doing this just as much as the next person, but once you have made your bed you are telling the world, your body and your mind that sleepy time is over, you’re not going to sneak back in there once you’ve eaten and your day has officially begun!
- Get Dressed and Ready for the Day – this is another tip that tells your body and mind the same thing as you’re telling the world, if you’re sitting around in your pjs or your favourite hobo clothes, it’ll be much easier to take the laptop to bed thinking you’re going to get to work when really all it turns into is a 4 hours Netflix binge before you say “oh shit” and then try to cram those hours of work into the two you have left! Getting dressed for the day means that you’re ready to go, ready to grab something you need from the shops if you need to – less excuses not to and think “I’ll do it tomorrow”. It also means that if you are a blogger/vlogger or whatever, you’re more likely to shoot that video or take those photos and not leave it till tomorrow when everything needs to be uploaded!
- Have a Designated Working Location – Having a designated space for creating and working is so important, because once you’re dressed and ready of the day, when you sit at this location you know that there is work that needs to be done and you are going to do it. Your designated space can be anywhere, the dining table, a coffee shop, I live with my parents and 2 brothers and a sister still so the main place where I get work done is either the desk in my room – which is facing away from my bed and up against the window so when I am brainstorming I’m looking at trees and whatever else is outside my house not the things, memories, pictures, books and other things to distract me from my train of thought inside the room- and the local coffee shop. Going to a coffee shop can help because although, at the end of the day its you in a coffee shop with your laptop, there are a lot less distractions. Sometimes I wear headphones but most of the time I let the chatter around me become like white noise and it helps me focus better, also, theres no one to distract you, ask you to do things or chat to you and theres no homey distractions, when its just you at a table with your laptop you’re not really thinking about the chocolate bar in the cupboard or the sandwich you’re going to make for lunch – also food costs more in coffee shops so you’re less likely to waste time and money thinking about it.
- Make A Plan – If you have a bunch of work that needs to be done but no plan, it is going to be very easy for everything to add up on top of itself and soon you’re gonna freak out and not want to do any of it. I personally use a bullet journal, I write down the day and what needs to be done and any events that might be coming up and I am good to go. If you don’t have / don’t like the idea of bullet journalling you could just make a to do list, on paper or on your notes on your phone, ticking things off is good motivation to keep going. If you don’t like any of those ideas maybe try having sticky notes with tasks on them or a white board, whatever works best for you but it is good to have a plan. Its also good to be able to look t your day and know when it is going to end, earlier when I said you spent 4 hours watching Netflix and only have 2 more to get a full days work done, you might’ve thought that wasn’t the case but actually, you should not be spending anymore than 8 hours working especially if it involves constant screen time! Your poor eyes! I try and fit in six hours a day of work, whether thats a photoshoot, writing, brainstorming, if its going towards synerjes, its work. So it doesn’t have to be hardcore work for 6 hours straight but you should keep in mind a time limit, when you’re going to step away for a 10 minute break, lunch and when you’re going to come away from it all at the end of the day! Having a plan mapped out can help you do this, allocating time to each task will help you too!
- Take Breaks – Speaking of allocating time to different things, it is so important that you take regular breaks, whether its a ten minute walk, read of your favourite book or run to the coffee shop you need to be taking time away. Once again, especially if your job involves a laptop! You’ll feel much more refreshed, ideas will be easier to come by and also, during those 10 minutes you may get the chance to think about something in a different way. Especially if you’re a student and you’re stuck on an essay, taking those 10 minutes can help calm you down and let your mind wander to other possibilities! Make sure you also allocate a decent amount of time to lunch too! Prepare a healthy meal and take your time eating it, did you know that if you eat while you’re working you’re more likely to eat 100’s more calories later because your mind didn’t fully register the food so it thinks its still hungry!
- Put your damn Phone AWAY – notice how I didn’t mention a quick scroll on instagram in your 10 minute break? Because those 10 minutes would turn into 30 pretty quickly wouldn’t they? Don’t lie! From my studying days I have been pretty good at ignoring my phone, if it is face down next to and vibrates I can ignore it easily, if its face up and in my face, thats a lot harder. Maybe you need to put it in a different room, turn it off, whatever you need to do you need to make sure that the distraction that is social media and everyone constantly being connected to one another is not able to affect you!