Earlier this week we discussed how your space can affect your blogging creative juices, but as most independent fashion bloggers are strictly working from home, we thought we'd delve deeper into one organizes their “work” day when you never leave the house.
While many dream of working from home, for some it can actually be more difficult. Working from home can make it harder to separate “work life” and “home life.” Emails are being answered while cooking breakfast, dishes are being scrubbed in between conference calls, and sometimes you may just even spend a whole day working from bed (which isn't as fun as it may seem).
So how do you organize your work day when you never leave home?
What's the magic behind working from home? One word. Schedule.
The night before you start your work day, plan your next day. Schedule in lunch, errands, phone calls, when posts will go up, and what exactly you will working on. That way you don't waste time in the morning trying to figure out what you should start tackling. This works best if you start scheduling your Monday “to-do” list on Sunday night — that way you are always ahead.
If you build a schedule and routine, working from home can be just as efficient as working from an office. But the first step is to get out of bed.
What successful people do with their first hour awake:
What you do with your first hour awake can actually immensely effect the rest of your day. It's when you willpower is at it's greatest and when your brain is at it's freshest, and embracing this time of the day can be extremely beneficial.
- Exercising, reading an intriguing article or text, listening to music, and eating well can all boost your brain power first thing. Find what you enjoy doing the most and schedule it into your routine every morning. This will start your morning off on a “happy” foot.
- Don't check your email in the first hour. If something is “urgent” someone will call you. And unless you are emergency surgeon, most careers don't require a 24-hour on-call attention. Instead, set time aside mid-morning to take of emails when it's not interrupting your work flow, schedule it in to your work day like you would a meeting. It's unreasonable for others to expect email replies during off-hours, plus you want to have full focus when writing back to others (as opposed to being in line at the supermarket or crossing the street).
- Eat a frog for breakfast. Mark Twain once said “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” After you have your bit of fun to get you pumped up (see above), then pick your frog — that one terrible weighty thing you have to get through — and do it first. Say, for example, graphic design is most tedious for you, make sure to do it first. The rest of the day's challenges won't look so bad and you'll be less likely to procrastinate. After your finish, set aside a mid-morning break to congratulate yourself for a job well done.
Save the household chores for “after work” hours.
Sure, there's a ton of laundry that needs to be done, you need water the garden, and oh yeah, vacuum too. Working from home leaves these chores as daily reminders (ones that are constantly in your line of vision). While it may be your instinct to stop your work to clean the bathroom because it's driving you crazy, you have to think of working on your blog as your “work” chores. They take priority during “work” time — household chores take priority during “home” time.
Leave your house at least once.
Working from home can be rather comfortable — maybe a little too comfortable. While sitting behind a computer screen can actually be a lot of fun for a blogger (seriously, who doesn't love getting sucked into Twitter or Pinterest), it's important to get out of the house at some point to keep a peace of mind. Whether it's simply to take a personal outfit post, to take a few photos for your Instagram, or to schedule a friendly lunch with a fellow blogger, stepping out from behind the screen is just as vital to keeping your work flow productive. If your feeling burnt out, take a walk around the block.
Don't be too hard on yourself.
A lot of people seem to think working from home is a luxury. And yes, to some extent it is. But on the flip side, sometimes working from home can cause you to work later into the night, into what would normally be “after hours” at a regular 9 to 5 job. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to get everything done in a day — sometimes you can be your own worst boss.
What are some things you do to organize your work day? Tell us!