It’s 7am. You reach over and grab your buzzing phone on your end table and turn off the alarm. With one eye open you scroll through all of your social media accounts to see what everyone else is up to. You head downstairs, power on the Keurig and open up your laptop to start tackling the days tasks. You look up at the clock. 11 am. You start thinking about what to eat for breakfast. You look up again, except this time it’s 3pm. How did that happen?! You haven’t showered, eaten lunch, or accomplished enough on your to do list yet for the work day to almost be over! Sound familiar? Here are 5 tips to help increase your productivity and focus during the work week!
- Get Dressed – When I stay in my PJ’s all day I feel tired and unmotivated — that being said, I don’t think it’s necessary to dress to the nine’s to work in your at home office! After I take a hot shower and change out of my PJ’s (even if it’s just into a fresh pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt!) I feel awake, alert, and ready to take on the work day. If you ask me, it’s totally psychological!
- Stick to a Schedule – Make a schedule that works for YOU and caters to when you’re the most creatively inspired and motivated. Map out a schedule of everything that you want to accomplish during the week — you can even make deadlines to help yourself stay on track. My work hours are from 9-5. I try not to check my e-mail or go on my desktop for anything work related after that (as difficult as it is!). It’s SO easy to fall into the trap of working 24/7 when you work from home — especially if you happen to work for yourself! Give yourself a schedule and stick to it!
- Take Breaks – I am TERRIBLE at taking breaks. Seriously, awful. I’ll stare at my desktop for hours on end before it dawns on me to take a quick rest. If you’re like me, think about setting a timer to remind yourself when it’s time to get up stretch. Take a 5 minute break after every hour so that you can come back to your work feeling refreshed.
- Find Your Tribe & Love Them Well – Most photographers (and creatives!) that I know spend so many days at home with the company of only their laptop. Human interaction is HUGE, especially when it’s with people in a similar field who”get it.” Make time during the week to spend with likeminded creatives — maybe a lunch date! It’s so great to be able to share ideas and talk about the challenges you may be facing in your businesses.
- Love Your Workspace – Turn your office into a dream space where you’ll actually want to spend time — even if you’re not able to designate an entire room! Your office should be a place that makes you happy, whatever that means for you! Most importantly, your office should be clutter-free to reduce stress. I’m in the process of creating my office now, but it will be filled with photographs that make me smile, bright colors, and natural light. Oh, and a comfy desk chair, too 🙂
Happy Tuesday, friends!