Working from home is the dream right? You can choose your own hours, wear what you want and a whole load of other plus points but it can be so easy to get distracted, "I'll just do the washing up" or "I'll just check Facebook" 2 hours later you're still on social media, before you know it most of the day has gone and you haven't actually finished anything - Can you tell I'm speaking from experience with this one?
Some people will say that all you need is strong self discipline, others will say that if you aren't hustling 24/7 then you're not working hard enough. I say find the way that works for you.
Today I'm sharing the 5 methods I use to get things done in my studio, these small tweaks and changes to my routine have completely changed the way I work and I've seen a large increase in both the quality & quantity of work I'm creating.
1. Have a creative ritual or routine that you carry out before you start working.
It doesn't have to be anything fancy or complicated just something simple like lighting a candle in your studio before you start working, doing something like this before you sit at your desk to do something creative tells your brain that it's time to be creative and if you do this often enough it soon becomes habit. My creative ritual is turning on my wax melter in my studio, putting my hair up and putting on my glasses & apron. One of my friends uses "hair up, sleeves up" and another friend of mine favours lighting her favourite scented candle then meditating for a few minutes before tackling the days tasks.
2. Wear work clothes.
I don't mean all suited & booted, but it's good idea have some "work jeans & work tops" seperate from your normal wardrobe. If you make wearing work clothes part of your routine your brain will start to make the connection between the work clothes and the work. When I started wearing jeans instead of joggers I quickly noticed that I did a lot more lounging about when I was in comfy joggers and a lot more work when I was in jeans. And of course you can still work in your pyjamas some of the time (one of the biggest perks of working form home).
3. Set a timer.
Choose a task to complete. Set a timer either on your phone or one of those kitchen timers for 1 hour and work until the hour is up, then go get a cuppa or have lunch. This also works really well if you have some sort of deadline looming. Because you're focusing on one task for a set amount of time you give it your full attention and consequently get more of it done. If you've got a really big task that is going to take a few hours to deal with break it down into hour long chunks with breaks in between and it's much easier to remain focused on it.
4. Have a plan (and stick to it!)
I know I bang on about planning a lot but it really is one of the most useful things you can do, you need to know where you're going to work out how to get there. Make a to do list and use it, for years I made lists in a book yet I didn't achieve half of the things on the list, why? Because I couldn't see it, out of sight, out of mind. Now I have an A4 weekly planning sheet* on my desk and a dry wipe board so no matter where I am in the studio I can see the list without rummaging through a book to find the list. On a Sunday I map out the week and I get most of it done most if the time, there's always going to be weeks when that doesn't happen but that's life, it happens. This was the change to my routine that made the biggest difference to my work processes.
5. Set up your workspace.
Where possible, set up your workspace the night before, get the things you need to do whatever it is you are doing, put them on your desk and remove the things you don't need. This method has a few plus points:
A. Because you have set your desk up you know what you need to work on, your subconcious mind taps into that so when you go to sit down at your desk your mind is already prepared for the task at hand.
B. You don't need to spend time gathering/finding the things you need for that particular job so you can just get straight on with it.
C. You're not getting distracted by all of the cool things you found on your desk when clearing some room to work on your desk.
So those are my 5 ways to get things done when working from home, I hope you find them as useful as I have. If only one or two of them would fit with your work and goals that's absolutely fine, it's all about finding what works for YOU.
If you give them a go I'd love to hear how you get on. I'm always really interested to find out how people work and what makes them tick, do you have any tips, tricks or techniques that you use? If so what are they?