The benefit of running your own business is that you can run it from the comfort of your own home. This benefit comes at a price though, working in your own home (where many other chores and more “fun” things are always around you) can be quite the challenge. Today I would like to share my tips on how to work from home without telling you to “visit a coffee shop”
Create an actual work-space
Working from home is incredible, but working from your kitchen table, couch or – the worst of all kinds – your bed isn’t that great. Your posture isn’t active on the sofa or in your bed, and the kitchen table doesn’t have that #workmode feel to it.
Now I am not saying that you can’t work in these places, but for me, it is always better to work at my desk. In our spare bedroom I set up a small “home office” with a desk, computer and all of my office supplies. In our old home, I didn’t have a spare room, but I did have a designated desk that I used solely for work-things. By creating a work-space in your home, your brain goes into work mode the minute you enter your little work-space.
Use home scents
Smell is a powerful tool; it is the sensory highway to your brain. When you smell cookie dough, it probably takes you right back to your childhood when you and your mom baked cookies together. When I spray on Chanel Chance, a fragrance I used as a student, I can vividly remember my student housing, my room, the kitchen and I can even SEE myself in the mirror in my memory.
You can use the power of scents when working from home to get you “in the zone.” Burn a specific scented candle when you work, you will hard-wire your brain to go into work mode the minute it smells the candle.
Use the power of rituals
Rituals are another way of putting your head in the right space. If you always start and finish your workday in the exact same way, your brain will figure out that those rituals mean “go-time” and “time to relax.” I like to start by drinking a cup of tea and doing my planning for the day. It is a great way to start the day and to know what kind of day is ahead of me. At the end of the day I physically turn off my computer (I have one specifically for work), wash my hands and use hand cream. They are simple but effective in letting my brain know when it has to be work-brain and off-time-brain.
Buy a different computer for work related things
When you are an employee that works from home, you probably already have a computer that you only use for work things (you don’t want the IT department snooping around your private business). However, when you run your
Plan, plan and plan some more
Planning is critical when you work from home. Every month I make an overview of all the projects I am working on. How much time do they need this month? How much time do I need for private appointments? And lastly, how much time do I have left for new projects or sales?
This monthly overview is the base of my weekly plannings. I start with filling in what I will do in which week of the month. Every Monday I use these lists to do day-to-day planning for that week, and at the start of each day I prioritize and do the hour-by-hour