Thursday, January 31, 2019

5 Work From Home Tips

Hi everyone!

Working from home can sometimes be more challenging than going to “the office”. There are many things vying for your attention at home: television, kids, comfortable beds, a fridge full of food, personal phone calls.

I have recently been working from home and I absolutely LOVE it, but I quickly realized there were a few things I needed to do in order to help me feel my best and most productive self. I want to share my top 5 tips with you.

Tip #1: Claim Your Space.

Depending on the layout of your home, a room with a door or sitting upright at a table decreases distractions and signals to your family—as well as your own mind—that you are concentrating on work. Think about an extra bedroom you can convert into an office or setup shop at the far-end of your dining table. Avoid plopping down on that comfy couch in the living room or jumping into bed with your laptop—it’s too tempting to get lazy in these spots.

Tip #2: Get Dressed!

One of the perks of WFH is the dress code! You can grind away in your favorite robe and fuzzy slippers and while I have nothing against being cozy in your own home, I challenge that you may not be at your most productive in this attire. Listen, I DEFINITELY do not put on actual clothes every single day but when I do, I feel refreshed and ready to tackle my day. I choose a comfortable outfit that I can sit in all day and I usually decline footwear.

Tip #3: Pick the Right Time of Day.

Choosing the right time of day to begin your day is imperative to being as fruitful as possible. Although I am not a morning person—if you are like me—I need the bright, recharging, mood-boosting daylight to fuel my energy and disposition. However, I know musicians whose day doesn’t typically start until 9:00 in the evening. So, whatever your profession, select the time that encourages efficiency and creativity.

Tip #4: Surround Yourself with Inspiration.

So, you’ve claimed that great space, you got dressed and you are working at the optimal time of day, now it’s time to place things around you that inspire. For me, a candle is a must! There is something about that soft glowing light that calms and soothes me—perfect for those days with stressful deadlines. I also love having words of affirmation, to speak confidence to my abilities. Color plays a vital role in our mood and outlook. The color palette in my office is comprised of cool grays, soft earth tones and muted pastels—I am able to think clearly and spawn a lot of ideas here.

Desk close up
Desk close up

Tip #5: Type-Cast Your Ideal Space.

My final tip is to ensure your space is conducive to the type of business you are running or tasks you are performing. For me, it was important that I have an area to receive clients. I didn’t want to conduct a business meeting in my living room. So, I have a settee that seats two and is proportionate to the room. A private chef may want to consider bar seating and prep space for cooking demos, or a personal trainer would need an open area with high ceilings for fitness equipment and freedom of movement. Think about what you need to do, how you need to do it, and if anyone needs to do it with you. Let these inform the type of space you need.

Now that we’ve discussed some suggestions to help you be more productive, positive, practical and creative when working from home, let’s get to it!