Working from home can be so distracting sometimes. From Netflix to those dirty dishes in the sink, there are so many things that are calling my name! Don’t get me wrong, working from home is amazing, especially on the cold snowy mornings but it definitely takes self discipline and a few weeks to get into a steady habit of working.
It can also be easy to get caught into a bad cycle of working from morning till night with no breaks. When you work from home, some have this sense that they should always be working. While others could even be on the opposite spectrum of that, where it’s hard to actually sit down and do the work.
I have been working for myself at home for the past eight years. It did take me some time to figure out what works for me, but it is so important to have a system in place! It will make life much easier.
For me, it is all about setting hours for myself and making myself stick to them. No. Matter. What.
For instance, I start work (depending on the work load) at either 9 or 10am, Tuesday through Saturday. Prior to starting work, I will do the dishes, throw a load of laundry in the wash, or workout.
Mondays are my personal days to run errands etc. In the summer, during the height of wedding season, I will also use Mondays to catch up on editing or anything else I might be behind on. I have set office days during the week where I will never shoot, and set shooting days where I rarely do office work.
Setting those hours and days helps me get into a work routine, and helps me stay productive.
I also make sure I have a set space to work in - my office. I do not take my work out into the living room or other areas of the house meant for "relaxing". I have to keep these spaces separate in mind and treat my work and life space just as someone driving to an office everyday. It makes life much more manageable.
The Bottom Line
One of the amazing benefits of working for yourself is the flexibility. Of course, you can change your hours at any given moment or take some extra time off if you need to. But getting into a routine will really help you see how long certain tasks will really take. If you set a schedule and it doesn’t work right away, don’t be afraid to change it! Create a schedule that works best for you and your business. Like I said, it took me a while to find my groove with it too :)