Friends, in the past couple of years, we have seen an increase in working remotely. While some have easily adapted to the home office environment, others still struggle to separate home from work. It’s hard to pull yourself away from your bed when you no longer have to commute to work. In fact, working from home is a lot like working from the office, or anywhere, even a coffee shop. Whether working from home or the office, it is important to maintain joy in both areas.
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Starting the morning on the right foot is essential to every workday. I like to start each day with positive affirmations. Before you pick up your phone and check emails, take time to reflect. When waking up, think of positive statements to say to yourself. These statements can be as simple as saying: “I’m confident in me and my abilities” or “I feel energized and excited for the day.” Keep it personal. I find it useful to refer to my “Bible Study Notes” when I need inspiration. When I attend Bible Study, I like to analyze the scripture and ask, what is God saying, and how can I apply it to my life? After I reflect, I get out of bed and prepare for the day.
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Now that you’re awake sit up in your bed, stretch and prepare to make your bed. One of the simplest ways to do this is to straighten your comforter and sheets while still in bed. Making your bed has been proven to help people feel happier and more productive. Now that your bed is made get out of it completely. It’s easy to work from your bed when you work remotely, but this can be counterproductive. Working from your bed can cause you to feel sluggish and unmotivated. This is the time where you’ll prepare for your day by showering and grooming yourself for work. Even though you work remotely, it is important to get into the mindset of preparing for work. Grooming and a change of clothes can get you into the mindset of work.
You’re ready to go. You’re dressed for work and prepared breakfast the night before. I like to prepare yogurt parfait the night before and store them in glass jars, pull out my “Weekly To-Do list,” and glance at it before leaving. This confirms to me that I have everything I need before I clock in for the day. If you’re working from an office or remotely, it is important to maintain office hours. If you work from nine to five, it is important to set those boundaries with your family member to work from home. The office hours of nine to five should be set as if you’re actually at the office to minimize interruptions. You can even create a sign that lets them know when you’re unavailable.
If you’re working from a coffee shop, I have some tips and tricks that will make your workday seamless. When working from home or in a coffee shop, technology is your friend. My advice is to do your research. Look for work-friendly coffee shops or areas. This can include a coffee shop that offers free WiFi or provides a semi-private environment for you to work. Come with your laptop and equipment fully charged just in case all the outlets are taken. I also recommend having your own hotspot when dealing with more confidential information. A coffee shop is a great place to network and socialize. It can get lonely working from home take this time to stay connected.
Friends, no matter where we are working from, whether on the beach or in a coffee shop, I hope you utilize the tools I have provided for you in my book. This is my gift to you as you progress through your career. I hope to equip you with the emotional and physical tools you need to be successful. I believe you and all the things you hope to achieve because I know you’re smart, successful, and beautifully organized.
You can also watch my video here for more tips to help you organize your work life when working from home. I hope you enjoy my tips and find them helpful to your work life.
Hugs and Love,