productivity

7 SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

How to work from home

Working from home can be fun - until the baby spills water on our computer.

For many of us, working from home every once in a while is a great luxury that technology allows us. But which environment actually allows us to be more productive – an official office space or at home?

At a real office environment, our employees can pose the greatest threat to keep us from getting real work done. They write us emails. They drop by our desk. They invite us to lunch. Or more likely, they are bored and just want to chat.

At our home office, however, it's easier to be our own worst enemy. Because we are not surrounded by employees, it's easy to get distracted. There's no one watching us so we don't have to meet deadlines like we would as if we were in our regular office. And we hang around in our sweatpants all day.

Don't be distracted any longer. Stay focused and get more done with these simple tips.

1). Get an early start if possible. When I work from home, I wake up around 6:30 AM, put on a pot of coffee, and sit down at my desk. I start working as soon as I can and will break for breakfast when I get hungry around 8 AM. I'm an early morning person, so this schedule works well for me.

2). Get dressed. I try to pretend like I'm going to my New York City office so that I can actually get work done. More often than not, I will get dressed and put on some makeup so I feel presentable.

3). Get a schedule. I schedule my day as if I would if I was in the office. Keeping a tight schedule to meet deadlines helps me stay focused and get more done throughout the day.

4). Get a dedicated workspace. I try to separate my home life from my work life. I have a home office with a door so no one bothers me.

5). Schedule calls in the morning or afternoon/evening. If you're a morning person, save calls for the afternoon to take advantage of the morning hours to work through the tough projects and meet strict deadlines without distractions and vice versa if you are an afternoon or evening person.

6).  Take scheduled breaks. I try to take a five-minute break every hour on the hour so I can recharge and get some blood flowing to the rest of my body. I also try to eat lunch away from my desk.

7). Pick a time to finish work each day. If you work from home on a full-time basis like I do, it's easy to let your work interfere with your personal life. You need to establish a boundary.

What are some of your best work from home tips? Let us know below. 

HOW TO STAY FOCUSED WHILE WORKING ON MULTIPLE PROJECTS

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This year, I'm working to launch a few new large-scale projects (but it's difficult to stay focused when I have so many different things going on at once).

Here's what's happening with us:

We're turning this blog and resource into a fully-integrated one-stop shop for everything related to PR. We're going to be offering three different PR programs designed for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands looking to turn their small businesses into power brands. For brands that can't afford to hire us or another PR firm (because let's admit it - most startups can't afford to spend $3,000+ per month), we've also created a PR course (Squash the Competition with Publicity) and a media database for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands that want to do it themselves.

We're also turning our once-daily fashion and lifestyle email newsletter (TheHauteRebel.com) into a digital magazine, e-commerce shop, and shopping/style app (coming later this spring).  In 2017, we hit 25,000 subscribers (mostly through word-of-mouth). This year, our goal is to hit 35,000 subscribers.

Now, you're probably thinking, "Kristin, how the heck can you get all of the work done on time and without spending a fortune on hiring help?" Well, here's a look into how I get everything done on my schedule (most of the time).

My daily routine:

  • Wake up at 7 AM, get dressed, and take my husband to the train station (if I decide to work from home. If I go into the city for work for the day, then I will answer emails on the train and chat with my husband.)

  • Whether I work from home or in the city, I will stop at Starbucks for my morning coffee and yogurt. 

  • Look at my inbox to see what came in throughout the evening. Respond to all important emails while I eat my yogurt (if I'm working from home or my office).

  • Look at my to-do list and do everything that's a priority (even if it's going to take an hour or two).

  • Tackle all of the big items on my plate for the day in the morning (because that's when I'm most alert and productive).

  • Around noon time, I will make lunch (which is always roast turkey on rye bread with mustard and Oikos Vanilla yogurt). While I eat lunch, I scan headlines to see what's happening in the world and how I can tie a client's pitch to something that's trending in the news.

  • From 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, I will pitch the media for my clients. (This is generally when the media is most responsive to my emails and I secure media coverage).

  • Around 3 PM, I begin to feel tired and lethargic, so I will make it a point to go for an hour run (Although I live in New York and the weather can get really nasty during the winter, I will run because it's my time to decompress).

  • When I get back from my run, I take a quick shower, get dressed (in activewear), and get back to work (which is usually around 4:15 PM, writing blog posts for this blog or The Haute Rebel, or working on my next product launch, webinar, or collaboration).

  • Around 5 PM, I will check my inbox again to make sure all emails have been answered. I don't like surprises.

  • If I don't have any pressing emails in the afternoon, then I will work on my next day's projects.

  • I wrap my day up at 6:50 PM because I have to pick my husband up from the train.

  • We usually eat dinner around 7:30 PM and veg out on the couch for a few hours until 10 PM, which is my bedtime. I need seven to eight hours of sleep per night to function).

If you're struggling to put together a schedule that works for you, then consider following these tips.

  • Create a system to get your work done. Figure out how much time it takes to write a blog post, design social media graphics, and write your email sequence, and schedule each one like you would schedule a doctor's appointment.

  • Figure out how you're spending your time. Keep a log. Do you go on Facebook or Instagram and scroll for an hour without getting anything done? Take note of it.

  • Create a weekly plan and follow it. Planning a month in advance is really overwhelming for me, so I plan my schedule in small chunks.

  • Don't overload yourself with tasks you can't get done. I worked with a client who set these unrealistic goals and she ended up disappointed every time she wasn't able to achieve them. I always told her to take one task at a time, do it well, and move onto the next - but she never listened.

  • Delegate small administrative tasks that take up your time but don't produce revenue (if you have the resources).

  • Try batching your blog posts and social media content. I know that it takes me an hour and half to write, edit, and publish a blog post, so if I have extra time in my morning, I will write as many blog posts as I can.

As the owner of a few different companies, I know it's tough to get everything done. It's taken me four years to perfect my work routine.