I'm excited to be sharing this week about one of my new favorite topics - best practices for working remotely! It's such a privilege to get to work from home and I find that I'm one MILLION times more productive. I've gotten a lot of questions about it, so I thought I'd share some things I've learned. Here goes!
Morning routine is everything.
I've found since it really helps me to be consistent with a morning routine. I'm now getting back in the swing of working out in the mornings and I feel so much better and have way more energy when I do! I try to get up around 5:45 so that I'm home to start my workday by 7.
Create a plan for each day.
At the beginning of each work day I will make myself a bullet pointed list of everything I'd like to accomplish that day. It helps me stay on track and "time block" my calendar accordingly. I also find that there are tasks that are easier for me to tackle in the morning when I'm fresh so making a list allows me to see my day at a glance and prioritize those things.
Determine what will replace the margin that you've gained.
Most likely if you are new to working remotely that means that you USED to work in an office. That means that you had to get ready, fix your food for the day and commute who knows how long to reach your final destination. Congratulations, you don't have to do that anymore! You will have so much more time in your day and I think it's important to determine what you need to be focusing on that your current season of life requires right now. For me, my priorities are spending time with my husband, writing and planning for my book.
Make it a priority to get out and about.
If you read research on working remotely, one thing you'll find is a lot of people struggle with loneliness! It's very important to get out and about, work from a coffee shop occasionally and put lunch dates on your calendar so you don't get cabin fever (especially if you're extroverted like me)!