Top 5 Tips for Working From Homeedit
Somewhere in the shuffle of May Pretty Little Paper Company is celebrating it’s 3rd anniversary of being open! I usually celebrate with a picture, a post or something of the sort but then this little business of mine kept growing and wedding season took over the entire month. So, celebrating will just have to wait for this year … maybe in October when things slow down? 😉
I love reading others tips about working from home. What works for others working from home and what is an absolute fail. Last summer, I actually got my very own office in downtown Reno. I thought it would be a great way to get out of the house, separate myself from work and be around other people. My out-of-home office however, was still my office and I was still by myself. And rather than walking down the hall I was having to drive 15 mins (the horror, I know – stay with me here) It overall just wasn’t the best fit, so back home I went! And here are the 5 things that keep me sane while working from home!
1. A clean office. Easier said than done, for me especially (and Parker). But at the end of the work day or even on a Sunday, I will make sure everything is back in its designated spot – the garbage is taken out, and things look clean. It makes for such a better morning when I walk in to see a clean desk.
That being said, in our old house my office was in our bonus room which didn’t have a door. It was so hard to walk past that room everyday, see a mess – or projects waiting to be fulfilled and not having the time to do them. When Parker was a baby it seemed to be the one room in the house he loved to go into the most, and without a door – it was always a mess from little baby hands touching everything.
2. A schedule. Truth be told I started Pretty Little Paper shortly after graduating college, so I’ve honestly never done the 9 – 5 job. I don’t know how my mind (and body) would handle having to be in the same place for so many hours at a time. Especially in a creative job, I feel like change is good. By change, I mean I usually get into my office around 9 in the morning and work straight until around noon. Around that time I’ll stop for lunch, whether its by myself downstairs in my kitchen – a little day date with my husband or lunch with a friend. From there I will peak my head back into my office a few more times to see if I have any new emails or reviews on previous proofs that went out that morning and wrap the day up around 2:30/3:00. I’ve mentioned before I usually stop my work day around then because my husband works NY stock exchange hours (6:30 AM – 3:00 PM) so when he gets home, its time to play! And although my hours aren’t 9 – 5 they sometimes become 7 am – midnight during wedding season.. perk of working for yourself.
3. Be comfortable. I probably take this too literally but I find it important to get out of my pajamas and into something that I didn’t sleep in. A good 90% of the time that means yoga pants or leggings but to change, put a bra on and brush my teeth and my hair – it helps me feel like I’m actually breaking up the day and not just wondering into my office in sweatpants.
4. I love a good playlist as much as the next girl and every now and then I’ll stalk my friends spotify to see what they are listening to that day, but recently I like to put netflix/hulu on in the background for noise. New shows, current shows or binge watching the oldies (hello, friends? I’ve now seen every episode about 15 times) seem to fill my time and help me stay focused in my office.
What are some of your favorite shows right now? PLEASE write me with suggestions! I randomly came across “The Good Wife” – its not bad, and theres a few seasons so it’ll take up a good week of office time 🙂 A girl can only watch Law & Order so many times, right?
5. Get out of your office! Huh? Working from home is wonderful. But sometimes starring at the same pictures, out the same window can get old. And with the freedom to get out of the office – why not? Recently I have been at almost every Starbucks and coffee shop within a 10 mile radius of my house. And if you follow me on snapchat – you know this is the truth.
Its just nice to sometimes plug in my head phones, and work in the corner of a coffee shop with other people who are working (and the conversations you overhear aren’t too shabby either) Reno has some really great coffee shops for working (and of course my favorite doesn’t offer WiFi 🙁 But it provides a little fresh air for working from the same computer everyday – and the coffee and bagels don’t hurt either.
Working for yourself, and especially from home is always a learning process. I’m sure over the next 3 years I’ll learn more about myself, my business and how to make the day even more productive and successful! If you have any tips, please feel free to share them – I’m always looking for a better way to better my day (see what I did there? 😉