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Working From Home - The Changes I've Made to be Productive


From a pretty young age, I always dreamt about owning a business and with it, being able to work from home. So, when I finally was able to fulfill that dream after starting EO Edits a year ago, I was overjoyed. There are so many amazing perks about working from home: no commute, wearing sweatpants all day, not having to put makeup on if I don't want to, playing movies in the background while I create, working with my pup beside me all day long. It's pretty great.

However, I quickly realized that working in the same place you sleep, eat, and live has it's challenges as well. It can be hard to separate work from play and with that, all too easy to be unproductive. This past year has been totally amazing and I'm not complaining one bit, but it has been trying, in that I've had to look at work in a completely different way and be more disciplined than I ever have before. I'm a motivated type of person, but discipline... well that hasn't always been my strong suit.

Luckily I feel like I've got a good handle on things now. If you're like me and are finding it a bit hard to be productive at home, I've got a few tips to help you maximize your efficiency and take back control of your day.

ESTABLISH AND STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE

As a planner, I'm a bit obsessed when it comes to routine, but they work wonders. I sat down and planned out my routine as if I was waking up to go into the office everyday. Down to the hour, decide when you wake up, what you do first (coffee, obviously), shower, and get ready for the day even if you don't have plans to see anyone at all. Getting ready, though seemingly unnecessary now, still gets you into the right mindset to face the day as a professional. As fun as it is to stay in pyjamas, that is reserved for the weekend. Luckily, my "uniform" still involves comfy clothes and casual attire but it's important to make a point to look put together.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

As I was navigating things for the first few months as a business owner, I wasn't always the best at sticking to a schedule but I quickly realized just how important it really is. It can be really easy when you work from home to keep working all around the clock, but for you to be able to perform at your best, you have to know when to put work away, when enough is enough, and when to take a break. I literally set office hours for myself, meaning I have to be at my desk ready to work by 9 a.m. at the latest and I work until 5 p.m. give or take a few minutes to wrap up anything I'm working on at the time. Of course, things happen and some things come up just like a regular job. Sometimes you have to put in overtime to achieve what you want, but most of the time, stick to the schedule.

HAVE AN ACTUAL WORK SPACE

Being an Interior Designer, this was actually fun for me to implement and luckily we had the space in our house to make it happen. It doesn't have to be big, but making sure you have a specific space that you reserve only for work helps you to get in the zone.