How to Survive Working from Home

Never in a million years would I have guessed this is where my life would be at 27. Curled up in a cat blanket on my couch working on websites and social media channels. I never thought I could be the person who could work from home.

I often hear – “I don’t know how you do it” or “wow, I’m so jealous. I wish I could work from home”.  To be honest, I have days where I feel both. There are days when I wake up minutes before I need to open my laptop and start work and other days when I try to get the perfect balance of my personal life before even looking at my phone.

So I wanted to share with you a few tips on how to survive working from home. It may be an adjustment at first but I promise you, it’s worth the transition. I actually can’t picture myself going back into the suit/office life anytime soon. So let’s get started:

Tip #1: Get up early and start your day fresh
It took me a long time to stop taking my extra time in the morning to sleep in. Since I didn’t have to drive or get ready for work, I had an extra hour for sleep. I was wrong! Once I started waking up at 6AM for a good breakfast, workout and personal time, it made working from home a lot more manageable.

Tip #2: Create your sanctuary
The first thing we did when I started working from home was create an office. I’ll be honest, I only spend half my time in there but it did help me to have a space designed just for working. I can leave my messy papers all over the desk and not have to worry about moving them for dinner. Your sanctuary will help you be more creative and productive in your day.

Tip #3: Build a routine
If you’re like me and have a scheduled work day, it’s best to have a plan for what you  wish to achieve in the day. This routine will help keep you on track even when you don’t feel like working. Plan everything from the moment you open your laptop to when you call it quits for the day. You’ll feel a lot less pressure this way.

Tip #4: Find work that brings you joy
There is NO WAY you’ll be motivated to work from home if you don’t like the work you’re doing. When you work from home, you need to be self motivated. No one is watching you or pushing you to hit your goals so make sure what you’re doing excites you enough to jump out of bed ready for the day.

Now I promise you, it’s not always rainbows and roses at my house. One of the downsides to working from home is that you always have access to your work so you’ll often find me getting some hours in the evening and on the weekends to stay on track. It’s much harder to unplug when you’re always plugged in.

And as the storm rolls in, I’m also reminded that I never get snow days (but bonus for never having to drive on snow covered roads to get to work). The power did go out for a few hours last week but it doesn’t really change much when you can work from your phone.

So there you have it, a day in the life of Mrs. Jessica. Far from glamorous, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Happy Working!

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