How To Work From Home
From the outside, people think what I do is easy. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job, but it is a lot harder than people think. Yes, I work from home and I am my own boss. I don’t have to play by anyone else’s rules but my own. People love that idea! However, it is not for everyone.
Treat It As If You Are In An Office and Set Your Alarm To Wake Up For Work
Working from home might mean that I don’t have to be anywhere by 9:00am, but if I decide to snooze until noon, that means I am hurting myself. If I don’t work, no one does. When I snooze, I literally lose because I am losing out on an opportunity to make money.
Put on Clothes to Differentiate From When You Are Working At Home Verses Relaxing At Home. This Can Be Jeans Or Even a Bra!
Everyday I set my alarm for 8:00am so that by 9:00am when work begins, I am fully dressed, my hair and makeup are done, I have my cup of coffee, and I am by my computer ready to start my day. I treat it like a 9-5 job and work on that schedule.
Define a Work Space That Differs From Your “Sanctuary”.
Working from home also calls for having a million distractions. Your bed is conveniently right there for naps, the television remote is by your side, and you can go on any website you want to. I work best from my dining room table, my “home office”. This way, I am sitting upright instead of lying down, which can easily make someone tired, I am not near any major distractions, and my room still remains my “haven”.
Create a Schedule
Working all day nonstop could be a lot, so I still give myself a proper schedule to follow, which includes a lunch break. This way I can stay focused and on task. I usually go for a walk and pick up lunch for my personal break to change up the scenery so that when I come back, I am ready to go back to work.
Pretend You Have a Boss Watching You
I like to make lists so that I don’t become overwhelmed, and feel good about myself when I get to cross things off. When I finish my lists, I continue to create “busy work” for myself. Before working full-time as an Influencer, I worked in Fashion PR that has really busy “on” seasons, and super slow “off” seasons. During the off seasons, with my boss sitting directly behind me, there was no room for slacking. I had to come up with work for myself to do, whether it be organizing our fashion closets or scanning magazines for credits. I wanted my boss to know that my position was still an asset to the team. On days where I have no events, meetings, or tons of emails to answer, I think of what work I can do to help myself, whether that be pitching brands, organizing my files, planning looks to shoot, etc. Always work as if your boss is over your shoulder.
Everyone works differently and each to their own, but I think the most important thing when working from home to remember is that your fate is in your own hands. Whether you are working for someone else or working for yourself, if you are working at home, prove that you are a valuable player. Make the most of your situation because what you put in, you will get out. It can be extremely hard to be your own motivator and it isn’t for everyone, but it is also very rewarding.
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