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5 WAYS TO SUCCESSFULLY WORK FROM HOME (OR FOR YOUR...

5 WAYS TO SUCCESSFULLY WORK FROM HOME (OR FOR YOURSELF)

5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality
5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality

Self employment is something that I absolutely love. I’ve been working with my partner (in life and business) since 2011, and we both left our former careers mid-2014. The ability to create our own schedules, decide when we want to start our workday, or control our time off is something we got used to quickly. For the most part, my days are filled only with things I’ve chosen to take on. It’s been such a luxury to work for myself, and because of my former career, it’s one I truly appreciate.

Though we only worked from home for a short time, I feel like the tactics for being self employed apply to both home or studio environments. When we first quit our jobs, we worked out of our house for about two months before finding a studio and showroom in Austin. Then again, when we moved from Austin to Flagstaff, we worked out of our house for about six months before opening our retail store and moving the studio into that space.

I love working for myself, and yet I do sometimes struggle with scheduling and organizing my day. Sometimes I way over-commit my weeks, saying yes to too many events, cocktails with friends, and meetings with vendors for the store. Even when I don’t pack my calendar, I can still get thrown off by too many small tasks that need to be accomplished. In the past year, because of the complexities of running a physical retail store, a blog, and our jewelry brand, I’ve learned how to be productive with each minute that I’m working to make the most of my time. I hope that sharing these 5 ways to successfully work from home will help anyone struggling to create their best workdays.

DEDICATED WORKSPACE

Even though my studio is fairly large, I have dedicated spaces for most tasks that need to get done. There is a production table for making and packaging jewelry, an area in my closet for tagging items for the sales floor, and a space for computer and paperwork to happen, a table that holds my photo equipment, booth and props, etc. I keep these spaces tidy and clear of clutter to help streamline my thoughts and actions when I’m working at each one.

If you have an extra room that can be your designated work room, this will help create a separation in your mind between home life and work. With kids, a partner at home, or adorable pets to distract you, carving out a space for yourself is necessary to getting anything done at home. A bonus for having a dedicated space is that you can personalize it, filling it with inspiring images and items that will help you get shit done.

5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality
5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality

PUT AWAY YOUR PHONE

Keeping my phone out of reach helps me stay focused on the task at hand, rather than mindlessly scrolling Instagram. I try to only pull out my phone when it’s time to do my daily Instagram post! I’ll leave my phone in my backpack or purse to remove that distraction. Even though I have the freedom to chat on the phone whenever I want, I try to reserve catching up with family and friends for the evenings, days off, and weekends. I even leave my phone on silent if I’m working on a deadline. If you miss an important call, they’ll leave a message or call back – I promise!

SCHEDULE YOUR DAY

No boss means it’s extra important to schedule your day in order to be productive and efficient. It took awhile to create a system that worked for me, but I finally came up with a way to organize my day that allows for a mix of productivity, creativity and freedom.

First, I created a monthly calendar where I write deadlines, monthly reminders, appointments, meetings, holidays, birthdays, etc.

Then, I have a to-do list to be completed each week. These are broken down into what day of the week this needs to be accomplished and includes specific items on each day. The general items tend to repeat every day, and the specific items are usually just once a week.

Beyond this, I have paper with a brain-dump style list. At the beginning of each week, I check the monthly calendar for events or deadlines coming up that week, then create a daily task list based on these and the weekly to-dos. The brain-dump items get filled in where appropriate or where I see that I have extra time.

This method has worked for me because things are relatively unscheduled throughout a day. I need a lot of flexibility during the day. I’m often dealing with customers, employees, etc., and various tasks take varying amounts of time each week. Rather than having time blocks, I just start my day with the most important items and get as far down the list as I can. Reprioritizing throughout the day and week is key, too.

5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality
5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality

DITCH THE DISTRACTIONS

I find that I have a few less distractions now that I work in my studio, rather than my home, which is one of the main benefits to working outside of your home. If the apartment or house wasn’t completely tidy while I was trying to work, I would get up and wash the dishes, or swap out a load of laundry. Then, I’d find myself rearranging my closet. Finally, I would remember that I should have been working for the past three hours. When your desk or space is a mess, you’ll feel distracted. Now, wherever I find myself working, I do a quick tidy around the space to remove any visible distractions.

TAKE BREAKS

When you don’t have co-workers inviting you to join them for lunch, or popping by your desk to distract you for a few minutes every hour, you have to remember to create your own breaks. It can be tempting to eat lunch at your desk while you catch up on emails, but it’s so important to step away a few times throughout the day. Take a mid-morning stroll to your favorite coffee shop, break for lunch with your partner, and do some mild stretching mid-afternoon to give your mind and body breaks from your computer screen and desk.

5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality
5 Ways to Successfully Work From Home - Paloma Wool Two Piece Set - Green Matching Linen Set - No Basis In Reality

I know where my workday pitfalls are. I found them immediately when I began working for myself. I can work from breakfast until dinner if I don’t plan my time in advance, I can get distracted by the nearest unnecessary task if I’m unprepared, and I cannot force myself to be productive if my work environment is messy and not set up for work.

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Green Skirt / Sold Out / Similar

Green Crop Top / Sold Out / Similar

Embroidered Clogs / Sold Out / Similar

Hair Accessories / Olivia the Wolf

I’d love to know if you have any tips to share on working from home or being self employed!


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    20 September

    This is such a cute two-piece set, love your shoes too
    xo
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  2. Rena

    20 September

    You are so right with everything! Thanks for your tips and cool look <3
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  3. hilary

    20 September

    AAA In love with your hair!! Do you want to support each other’s blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

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  4. wendee

    20 September

    Keeping your phone away when working is one thing that has helped me a lot.
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  5. Aliona

    20 September

    SLAY!! Would love it of you could check out my new LFW post

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  6. Yara Mel

    20 September

    Putting the phone away is key! So is having a great workspace.
    This green goes super well with you πŸ™‚

    http://www.desiringsme.com/fall-outfits-black-jeans/

    • meredith

      20 September

      Yes! I have to put it away or I get nothing done! xoxo

  7. LENA

    20 September

    This post is right on time for me! I was just thinking about what I need to do to organize and become successful. Thanks for this!

    -Lena
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  8. Vanessa

    20 September

    Such a great post! I work from home too and it can certainly be challenging hence time management is key! PS: You look gorge!

    Happy Wednesday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

  9. vivellefashion

    20 September

    I love your tips hun…dedication and discipline are keys to success. Thanks for the tips. Your outfit is gorgeous, I love the color and that slit on the skirt is what I’m loving most. Stay blessed!

    http://www.vivellefashion.com

  10. Jalisa

    20 September

    First off, this set looks so cute on you! I love the color and your hair looks lovely! As for your suggestions, I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for sharing and have a great rest of the week!

    Xo,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

  11. Filipa

    21 September

    This is just such a gorgeous set

    Filipa xxx
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  12. Jessica

    21 September

    These are great tips! I love working for myself too, it gives me more control and flexibility. Plus it lets me live my life in my own terms!

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  13. Gemma

    21 September

    Great tips thanks for sharing them. Have a lovely day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  14. Anika May

    22 September

    Great tips, this is so helpful for me!

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  15. Kris

    22 September

    I love getting organized and having a schedule. Dedicating a space for working at home is also really, really important. Great tips and I love your outfit!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris | https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

  16. Benita James

    22 September

    You look lovely and thanks for sharing these.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanaticο»Ώ

  17. Gabrielle

    22 September

    How lovely to have set up a future where you can be working from home with your partner! Having a dedicated office space must be key for working well together. I love your look here by the way, especially the gorgeous gold hair piece!

    aglassofice.com
    x

  18. Gail

    23 September

    I love working from home too! That’s the reason why I have become the freelancer and travel blogger!

    Great tips girl!

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  19. Konstantina

    23 September

    I am sooo obsessed with your beautiful hairstyle. The dress looks absolutely amazing on you
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  20. Dominique

    23 September

    Great tips hun! I work from home and I definitely get distracted. Hidding your phone is such a great tip xx

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  21. Camila

    25 September

    I need this outfit right now, it is so chic and the color of it is super cute!

    Camila,
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  22. zarrah

    25 September

    I am afraid to do this alone.
    I love the advice you give in here and hopefully someday I can work from home.

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  23. ANGELEBABY

    25 September

    Loved reading this post, I find having a dedicated working space is so essential
    xx
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  24. The Fashion Folks

    26 September

    All of these points are so good and helpful! I definitely struggle with working and studying from home. I think having a schedule is key and also no distraction. As you said, so easy to start cleaning up the apartment or so haha! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  25. you look so pretty with this color.

    kisses dear
    http://www.aprendiendoaquererme.com

  26. Colleen

    27 September

    Now that I’m working from home, my apartment has never been so clean! Working from home is definitely an exercise in focus. But I think focus is a muscle and as you practice, it gets stronger. My biggest problem is that I get so lonely working from home all day.

    Great post!

  27. juliettsstyleglam

    27 September

    Thanks of rtes great tips. Blog posts like these I always do well to read cos I always learn something. Good one

  28. Steal4Style

    28 September

    Keeping the phone away is one of my mistakes. You described my dreamed job. Having my own studio is on my list! Great advices!
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  29. Stacey

    28 September

    First off I love your outfit and you look beautiful! Second, I started working from home about a year now and the first few months have been a bit of a struggle as I didn’t know exactly what I was doing or researched it either so I found out things on my own, which you already mentioned! I’m still trying to remember to take ACTUAL breaks and not eat while checking emails like you said lol. Great post!

  30. Annie

    29 September

    I’m hoping to have a work-from-home scenario soon, so I appreciate your advice!
    Love this set you are wearing as well!
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    New England Romance

  31. Nicole

    30 September

    Absolutely love this post! When I’m working on my blog, I find that writing every little task down in my notebook has worked wonders. I’m so busy, my mind is so busy being creative that I easily forget simple tasks and to-do’s. Writing it all down just to clear my mind and keep myself organized is a tip I can so agree with.

    Nicole
    http://www.nicolegramcko.com

  32. Filipa

    30 September

    My dream is to be a sucessful freelance illustrator and have my own office at home! Nice tips! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the comment! πŸ˜€

    http://purflefox.blogspot.pt

  33. Angelie

    1 October

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I work from home and these tips are really effective. It’s what I have been doing for years!

    Angelie // We’re engaged!

  34. caroline

    6 October

    These tips are so cool babe ! As I’m working from home too, that’s very useful πŸ™‚

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

  35. Patricia Ma

    6 October

    Estas preciosa, me encanta el look, y las fotos son maravillosas!
    Te espero por mi nuevo post cielo, mil besos!
    http://patriciasanchezstylestreet.blogspot.com.es/

  36. Cindy Elena

    6 October

    These are great and really usefull tips. I work from home and something that always helps is to get out of my PJs and get into some “work clothes”

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    http://www.boringclothes.com

  37. MimaMochi

    7 October

    I really loved the tips you had to share! I think it’s so important when working from home to have a dedicated workspace so you can separate work from downtime more easily. Congrats on working for yourself and being an inspiring girl boss.

    Adrianna xx | http://mimamochi.com/

  38. Rena

    8 October

    Due to my own experience I agree to each point! Love the outfit!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  39. Katya

    9 October

    I agree that you gotta have breaks from time to time it helps you feeling refreshed and energized going back to work. Your outfit is gorgeous on you.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  40. Gabrielle

    9 October

    Effectively organising your day when working from home really can be a struggle at times! It sounds as though you’ve put a lot of thought into it though which no doubt helps a lot! I love this all-green look on you, especially with how you’ve worn your hair – very ethereal πŸ™‚

    aglassofice.com
    x

  41. elise

    14 October

    I love this advice! I would definitely want to work from home!
    Elise | http://www.elisebythepiece.com

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