I have been working from home for since 2013. That blows my mind! I never though that working from home would be something that I would be doing. When I first started working after school, I had my own office in high-rise in Downtown and most days were spent going to court. Now, when I step outside my home, I am often going shopping for recipe creation or a photoshoot. How times have change! I am excited to give you tips on how to successful work from home.
Keep a Calendar
My entire business runs through google calendar. I have the app on my phone and can access it from anywhere. It keeps me on regimented and on the ball. I pride myself on getting stuff done on time and the calendar helps me do that. My everyday duties are on different calendars, but I show them all on the calendar that I see. I have calendars to the following items: content (blog posts), social media, to do list, business events/calls, personal events, and drafts due date.
The most used category on my calendar is the to do list. Instead of using a task list, I put my todos at a specific time and write done in the front when it gets done. If there is a hard and fast deadline on the item, I put it that it in the headline. That makes me think twice about moving an item. I do move items around quite a bit. This is one of the benefits of working from home – you have flexibility to skip work one day to spend time with your friends and family. When I first started blogging, I never skipped, but now that I have been doing it a long time, I skip when I want to. Life is too short!
After several years of blogging, I realized that I don’t have time to do it all. Also, there are some tasks I just don’t want to do. As of writing this, I have 4 Virtual Assistants doing various tasks. I find it easier to be creative and interactive online when I don’t have to mundane tasks that feel like they are sucking the life and time out of my life.
I also have an awesome hubby that does my video editing and IT stuff for my site. That helps me so that I didn’t have to learn yet another thing. I taught myself photoshop and my photographer taught me Lightroom.
Most days, I work from power house computer at my desk. This is usually when I am editing or scheduling. I like to call these brainless activities. Sometimes I even walk on my treadmill desk and completely zone out as I edit photos. Other days, I want to sit by the pool and write. My wifi used to be spotty and now it’s a awesome! I was just send a mesh networking solution from TP-Link. The new Deco M5 Wi-Fi system looks great and helps me get strong wifi in every corner of the house and even by the pool! Usually I use LTE by the pool, but now I am using Wifi!!
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I had a ton of work to do last week and I did not leave the house. This almost never happens because I need to get out of the house to stay sane. I always find ways to get out of the house during the week. I have lunch with friends, get my hair, nails, and lashes done, go the gym, take a walk, and go grocery shopping. Make sure that you get out of the house at least every other day. Social interaction is imperative for sanity!
Plan Your Week
In order to make sure that you don’t miss deadlines and keep your business running like a real office, you need to plan your week. This is something I have been doing for a while now and it really helps things run smoothly. The best thing is to block schedule tasks. The only thing that I am flexible with on the block scheduling is the writing. That is the most creative part of my career choice and I have to be in the mood for it. If I force the writing, it is no good and I want the best for my readers.