5 Tips for Work-at-Home Creatives

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During the Holidays, it’s no doubt you get together with family that perhaps you don’t see much of the year. 

Inevitably, you will be asked ‘What have you been up to?’  When you start telling them about working for yourself from home, I am sure there has been at least one person who exclaims, ‘MUST BE NICE!’  Little do they know!

Working from home is not as easy as the stereotype would have you believe.  

In fact, it can end becoming MORE work than the ol’ 9-5 you ditched to become a full-time entrepreneur.  

Now that’s not to say it can’t be everything you ever hoped for. 

Treating your business seriously and learning to practice professionalism and are a must.  

Here are five tips in order to keep from losing your mind and throwing in the towel:

1. Always make sure to present your best self.  You may not be going in to an office where you are surrounded by coworkers, but this is not the time for ratty sweats and last night’s mascara.  Make it a pre-workday ritual, wash your face, comb your hair, get dressed!  You wouldn’t present a sloppy piece of work, so don’t present yourself that way (even if no one is around). 

2.  Create a dedicated working space.  Having a space you set aside just for your business, will mentally prepare you to get busy!  It also allows you to create that separation from your work when the day is over and you move to the next room (or the other side of your apartment).

3.  Always remember, YOU ARE NOT A RECLUSE.  Have a life outside of your home.  Just because you work at home and live at work you are not a shut-in! You need to make that physical break regularly. 

4. ORGANISE.  ORGANISE. ORGANISE.  Clearly, I think highly of this practice.  As a small-business owner, you are juggling many, many roles.  You will need to have a good handle on your different tasks and learn to manage.

5 practices organizaiton is a must

5.  Having a plan will help with this.  Do you have yearly goals?  Monthly goals?  Daily goals?  Well you should!

Know where you are going, and plan a clear path.  Write down your daily tasks that get you to those goals.  Set deadlines!  Meet those deadlines!!  You always need to know where you are going and how you are getting there, or what is it all for?

Lastly, be prepared to plan again if you get thrown off course.  

All that being said, working from home really can be wonderful!  

You need to develop discipline, though.  

Keep reminding yourself why you love what you do, and stay focused.  And maybe you can even initiate casual Friday and show up to work in your gym clothes and top knot.

Do you have your own practices that help you work from home?

6 Quick Steps to an Energising Morning Routine

 

 

 

 

6 Quick Steps for an Energising Morning Routine

 

Creating that separation between work and home is already hard enough for the average person.

 

Finding that space is even harder for us entrepreneurs.  

 

Admittedly, I have been guilty (okay, sometimes still am!) of letting the pendulum swing in favor of work.  Thankfully, there are a few tricks that help me to keep that tendency in check.

 

One change I’ve implemented that has helped is creating, and sticking to, a morning routine.

Your current routine may look something like this: wake up, grab smart phone, check emails, scroll through social media updates you missed while sleeping.  

But where are YOU in that wake up call?  

From that first moment in the day, you are catering to others.  Put aside business (and hey, that includes your iPhone!) and allow yourself to transition into work at a more emotionally-appeasing pace.

 

Creating a Morning Routine

Here’s a sneak peek into how I begin my days:

  • Alarm clock.  No snooze!  No phone! 
    • By having an alarm clock, I’m avoiding the temptation of grabbing my phone.  I also NEVER hit snooze.  Let’s be honest, 15 minutes extra does not create any sort of satisfaction.
  • Mini-Yoga Session. 
    • Our bodies deserve to be treated nicely.  And what’s nicer than a nice series of stretches after a good night’s sleep?
  • Warm lemon tea and a Gratitude Journal.
    • Lemon and water have a magic energizing effect.  I am also a big proponent in everyone keeping a gratitude journal.  Start your day with some serious positivity.
  • 20 minutes of Reading.
    • This is my favourite part of the morning.  Your mind is clear, it’s still early and quiet, and it’s all for you.  I like to read a motivational book for these twenty minutes.  Currently reading: A New Earth (again).
  • 10 minutes of meditation.
    • Lie down.  Close eyes.  Breathe.  Okay, we all know that meditation is not as easy as that!  But I do find that in these morning hours, especially after warm tea and a round of gratitude, I am in the best possible mindset to meditate.  Practicing focused presence for a short period each day will help you handle whatever comes at you.
  • Shower and Get Dressed! 
    • Now this is an important one!  I feel it’s important to include as part of your routine.  Too often as entrepreneurs who work from home, we grow comfortable.  And by comfortable, I do mean quite literally as well.  Sweatpants and oversize shirts.  Take yourself seriously.  And dress to impress, even if it is just impressing yourself.  You’ll also do better work if you feel good about the way you look.

 

Of course, your routine can and should vary!

Find something that works for you.

But do remember, in order for it to be effective, you must stick to it everyday. Preferably at, or close to, the same time everyday.

And don’t worry, I won’t tell if your sweatpants do make an occasional appearance…

 

Now I’m curious, what things will you add to your morning routine?