So with great thought, I decided to leave my desk job for a more convenient and comfortable workspace. Now, instead of waking up at 6:00AM and driving 30 minutes through heavy traffic into work, I wake up around 7:30-8:00AM and walk down my hallway into my home office. The transition from working in corporate America to working for a remote creative agency has been incredibly freeing, and as you may expect, I absolutely love it.
Before my first day of working from home, I did what all nerds do and searched Google/Pinterest to prepare myself for working remotely. I created a Pinterest board of what I’d like my office to look like and made lists of how I could succeed with my new change.
Most mornings I have a routine that I follow to get myself into work mode. After I wake up I usually do the following, but in no particular order:
Those three steps help me go from sleepy to somewhat alert and awake.
I cannot express the importance of natural light and what it does to a space. Luckily our house has great natural light that makes each room look very bright and open. On those dark and gloomy days however, the natural light just doesn’t cut it so I basically turn every light on in the house. There’s nothing worse than working in a hobbit hole, so for me a well lit and airy workspace is everything!
One of the most important parts of my day is preparing my heart and mind before a day of work. Every day is different, but I usually take about 15-30 minutes to sit, meditate and sometimes journal. Recently I have been going through Power Thoughts Devotional : 365 Daily Inspirations For Winning the Battle of The Mind by Joyce Meyer. This book has quick, powerful, Bible based thoughts that are applicable to anyone and easy to digest.
Before Monday morning comes around you better believe I am stocked up on either a medium Starbucks roast or Kona coffee, creamer and raw sugar. Lately I have been hooked on my Hario V60 pour over coffee that I got for Christmas last year. The pour over method is definitely a process, but when done right the end result is the freshest cuppa you’ll ever taste.
Preparing a workspace is essential for productivity. When I first started working remotely I didn’t have an office, desk, or chair, but I did have a dining room table and coffee table that worked in the interim. My ideal office is bright (again, let there be light), white, cozy and modern. Here are some things to consider while creating the perfect at home workspace:
After I eat a quick lunch I sometimes like to take advantage of the fact that I’m home and will:
On days when I don’t feel like being superwoman, I catch up on my TV.
At some point throughout the day I take the time to get my body moving. My new obsession is yogaglo.com which is an online yoga application that has different yoga classes that you can follow from the comfort of your home. The classes aren’t live, but there are multiple classes of different styles and lengths. Not only am I obsessed with the classes, but I’m also obsessed with the product and amazing user interface (I will most likely write up my favorite features in a later post… stay tuned).
I found out quickly that working at home can be lonely, but luckily I have the best team and can call on them for feedback or direction. The best part about working in an office is feeding off of other’s perspectives and ideas. My main goal is to not loose this by working from home. I love to bring people in, collaborate, and then present the best possible solution as a result of working with others.
Silence is not always golden. Background noise is an absolute necessity for me and I find that it keeps me focused. By far one of my favorite things about working from home is setting my own background music and playing it as loud as I like.
If I find that I’m not being productive I relocate, and quickly. Sometimes, staying productive means moving from the living room couch, to the dining room, or even outside to a patio. Whenever I am in the house for a long period I will relocate to a local coffee shop.Which brings me to my last point.
I try to get out of my house to work at least 3 times a week. I’m not going to lie I’m pretty content working from my humble abode, but new places and new interactions can encourage creativity.
These are my most simple and tangible tips for working remotely, but I’d love to hear from you! How do you stay productive and promote creativity throughout your workday?
John & Lenoir shows the journey of a British American couple and their pursuit of an authentic and creative lifestyle in Virginia Beach, VA. In sharing their passions, they hope to inspire you to be creative in every area of your life.