When I finished uni I started working from home as a freelance writer and marketer and recently I’ve noticed that there seems to be loads of bloggers doing the same and taking the plunge into full time blogging. It’s got me thinking because although I still spend most of my week working from home, I make sure I’m in the office for a couple of days too. I have to for my own sanity as working on your own can be pretty lonely at times. That said, I love every minute of it, but there’s a few things I do to help keep myself motivated….
This is a really obvious one, but it’s so flipping tempting to stay in bed for a few more hours than I should. It has a massive knock-on effect though as I end up working much later than planned, and before I know it I’m working well into the night. Not to mention missing out on going out and having fun. It’s so much better to get up early, get my jobs done and then I’m free to enjoy the rest of the day.
As well as starting early I make sure I make the effort to get dressed. (well…. usually!). I can’t count the amount of times I’ve heard bloggers talk about living the dream of working from home, blogging in their PJ’s, cup of coffee in hand. It sounds lovely doesn’t it, and of course sometimes it is. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that I never do this. At times I’ve even blogged from my bed, but as a rule, personally I find I’m far more productive if I get up and get showered and dressed. It makes me feel more professional, and should one of my business contacts summon me to their office or want to chat on FaceTime or Skype I’m always fully prepared.
Stick to a Routine
This is definitely easier said than done, as in this game no two days are ever the same. However, having some kind of schedule definitely helps with productivity, and making the most of every hour I have. I think good time management is the key to success, and I always put time aside for planning, social media marketing and working on photos. Also I find taking my pictures in bulk is the most productive for me. The other thing is it’s important to take some time for myself, which leads me to my next point….
Having breaks is a must, especially when you’re sat staring at a computer all day. If it’s sunny I like to go and sit outside for 15 mins or so, just to get some fresh air. I work so much better when I take breaks, and eat and drink at regular intervals too. It’s essential that this time is spent away from my blogging room, so that I can at least try and switch off and relax. (But let me tell you that never really happens unless I read a book or a magazine!).
Disconnect From Social Media
Unless I’m at that part of the day where I’m working on social media marketing I make sure I’ve got all my apps closed. Otherwise I become so ridiculously distracted by it all. I’ll think ‘ohhh I’ll just share this’ or ‘I’ll just check the stats on that’. It’s a nightmare, and always snowballs out of control.
There’s a few other things that I’ve had to do or am working on. These include not looking back too much when writing (I have to remind myself to proof read at the end as I spend so much time trying to perfect it all!) and I also created my own office space. Oh how I love you blogging room. Having my own place that not only doubles up as an office and a photography studio, but also a dressing room is like a dream come true. I can make as much mess as I need to and it doesn’t effect anyone else. (If you follow me on snapchat you probably will have seen how I often have my beauty products sprawled across the room!). Of course I wasn’t always this lucky. I haven’t forgotten the days when I opened my first salon, and my office was in my bedroom. I say it was in my bedroom, but I didn’t even have a desk. I would sit on my bed to do my accounts and salon promotions. That’s what you get when you’re an adult living with your family at home. We all have to start somewhere though!
Are you someone that aspires to or is currently working from home? If so what do you think works best for you?
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