I have worked from home for years and love it.
In 2016, we tried out an office for our team. We found a beautiful space and I was very excited to give it a go, but I quickly realised it was not what I wanted and that I personally work better when I am at home on my own.
When people hear that I work from home, they always ask how do I get so much done, how do I stay efficient, and how do I stay productive and motivated (and not fall down the trap of sitting on the couch all day playing on my phone).
So today, with so many people working from home for the first time, I want to share with you what I do.
Disclaimer: Right now, due to COVID-19, we have my bonus son at home full time. You may also have children at home and if you do, some of these may not apply to you. So take what resonates, mix up the others, and leave the rest.
Here’s how to efficiently work from home…
- Treat working from home like a real job and take it seriously. I treat working from home the same as if I was going to an office. I get up at the same time, I do my morning routine, shower, get dressed (it’s super important to get out of your PJ’s to shift your energy and make you feel like you are about to start work) and go upstairs to my office. I also have a designated start time that doesn’t budge, so I know that when 8am rolls around, it’s time to sit down and start my work. I am disciplined, so this is not something I struggle with. If you do struggle with discipline and sitting down and doing the work, ask yourself what you need to help you sit your butt down... then do that.
- Create an inspiring space to work in. If you don’t have an office in your home, create a space where there is natural light and you feel inspired. Get your diffuser going, open the windows, add some plants, use a Himalayan salt lamp, put up a vision board, or my Soul Shares. Do whatever you need to do to make it feel inspiring and uplifting for you.
- Mix it up. Even though I have an office, I like to mix up where I work to keep things interesting and inspiring. Sometimes simply relocating my tush and my laptop to the kitchen island or the balcony can reinvigorate my brain.
- Keep moving. Try not to sit all day long. Set an alarm if you have to, so that every 30 minutes or so you know to get up and do some star jumps, have a dance break, do sit ups, lunges or squats. We have yoga blocks, an Acumat, and trigger balls for fascial release and will use those throughout the day. I also use my ‘breaks’ to go to the bathroom and fill up my water or get a snack which is usually fruit.
- Play inspiring music in the background. I love listening to Nick’s music, yoga mantras, meditation music or jazz whilst I work.
- Begin your day with your MIT’s (Most Important Tasks). I write them down and get these done BEFORE I open emails and social media. Do YOUR MIT’s first before you open yourself up to the world. You can create your MIT list when you finish work the day before so it’s there ready for you when you sit down so you can dive right in.
- After you have done your MIT’s, plan out what else you need to work on that day.
- Set real office hours. Sit your butt down and work. I sit my butt down and work from around 8 - 12pm and I take it seriously. I then break for lunch at 12pm and then go back to work in the afternoon and finish at 5pm.
- Put your phone out of sight during your work hours. My phone is always out of sight, usually on airplane mode in a drawer or behind my computer so I can’t see it (out of sight out of mind).
- Communicate expectations with anyone who will be home with you. I wear noise cancelling headphones whilst I work which tells my husband (who also works from home) and my bonus son that I don’t want to be interrupted unless it’s urgent.
- Eat your lunch outside. I eat my lunch on my balcony or at the beach if I can. After sitting behind a computer, my soul needs some negative ions. If you can’t eat your lunch outside, try and get outside for 15 minutes to get some fresh air.
- Protect yourself from EMF. I have a Somavedic and all the EMF protective devices around you to counteract any harmful frequencies.
- Don’t sit whilst you take meetings. Walk around your house, or up and down the stairs or around the block. I will sometimes be stretching or doing fascial release whilst on a meeting so I am not sitting ALLLL day long. That is not good for you.
- If you can, do video calls instead of phone calls — that way you can feel more connection and get some social interaction whilst working from home. I have done many video call meetings and before we begin, I simply tell them that I have been sitting all day and would they mind if I sat on the floor and stretched or walked around the block at the same time. No one has ever objected and in fact it’s inspired them to do the same.
- Save all meetings for afternoons after you have done your MIT’s.
- Always have clean water next to you so you can stay hydrated during the day. (Use code MATRIBE to get a discount.)
- Use a scheduling tool to book your meetings to avoid back and forth emails trying to find a time that suits all parties. I use calendly.
- Schedule times for when you check emails and social media. Don’t keep email open on your computer all day long and take it off your phone (it’s too tempting to check your email during your non-work hours).
- Pick a definitive finishing time each day that feels good for you. Otherwise, if you’re like me many years ago, I would just keep working into the evening and that was not sustainable.
Have you got any tips to add that could be supportive for our tribe? Please share them below and remember: if you have only just started to work from home and you are finding your feet, be gentle on yourself and your family. You are doing a great job and I am so proud of you.