Working from home seems like the ideal situation (and don’t get me wrong, it definitely has its moments, especially when I think about the amount of money I save on make up each year) but there are many times where my “ideal situation” is also my biggest distraction. Imagine trying to work when your kid’s toys are thrown all over the house and in sight of your desk, or when you are just a room away from a sink full of dirty dishes. I certainly don’t look forward to cleaning up our house but sometimes compared to work, it looks so fun (yes I just said that, scrubbing day old food off a plate can be fun compared to work reports).
After four years of working from home, just inches from my couch and TV who are constantly calling my name, I have come up with a few game changers:
- Create an office (even if you don’t have a whole room to dedicate) and make it a place in your house you love to be, a good excuse to buy some flowers, amazing candles and fun desk supplies. Also, this office ideally has a door. Trust me, you need a door.
- Get organized – make lists, keep a calendar, create an inspiration board, anything to make you more efficient. Work from home perk: when you get everything on your list done, you can clean those dishes, play with your littles or watch the latest episode of Younger.
- Put something (anything) on other than pajamas – I’m not saying you need to get dressed up but there is something to getting out of the sorority shirt you slept in and into something you’d wear in public.
- Hide from your kids – whether you send your littles off to school everyday or you have a nanny or babysitter, try to take the time to really focus on work. If you give work 100% of your attention during office hours, you can give them 100% of your attention after hours. Before Margot was born, people who knew I worked from home would say “how awesome, you can just do both” but I can’t. I work a full time job and as any stay at home mom knows, watching a kid all day is also a full time job. If I tried to do both, neither would be done well – acknowledging this is key.
- Keep a large bottle of water on your desk – over and over I go to the kitchen to “get water” and suddenly end up doing laundry.
- Never ever ever turn on TV if you have work to do – I know you think you can watch just 15 minutes of the Today Show but 4 hours later and you’re drinking wine on the couch with Hoda and Kathie Lee.
- Leave! If your littles are at school the house can get pretty quiet and let’s be honest, a little lonely. Go work at your favorite coffee shop and #treatyoself to a large latte and croissant. Do it.
Desk supplies are basically just school supplies grown up – here are a few of my must haves.
Do you work from home – how do you stay focused?