I won’t lie, finding your rhythm when working from home is tough. Add two kids and a puppy into the mix, and it just turns into total chaos. It took me a while to find what really worked for me but once I finally it did, it felt like the rest just fell into place.
One of the biggest struggles of working from home is the amount of distractions. I would constantly find myself thinking about the dishes or laundry that needed to be done, or the carpet that needed to be vacuumed. It finally dawned on me that it was time for work. If I worked outside the home, it wouldn’t be getting done anyways. Take all of those distractions and shove them into a little mental box for later.
A great way to help put yourself in work mode is to have a space solely dedicated for work. When I first started working from home, I kept my desk in my bedroom. I quickly realized why this wouldn’t work for a couple different reasons. Reason #1, it was too close to my bed. Often I would decide to sit on my bed and work, which turned into laying on my bed and workng, which turned into not working at all. Reason #2, it was very inconvenient considering the two kids and the puppy. I couldn’t watch them from my bedroom, and trying to keep them occupied in the room didn’t work either. Once I moved my desk into the living room, it was much easier to work while watching the kids with no bed calling my name.
Even though I work from home, I still get ready in the morning. Even if I’m just throwing on some comfy clothes and putting on a little bit of makeup, it helps to put me into the “work mode”.
The #1 thing that keeps me organized though, is having a daily schedule. I created a daily planner that works for me, and is by the hour. It helps a ton to have everything clearly written down so I know exactly what I have to do and when I have to do it.
I hope these tips help you find your work-at-Home rhythm!