If you’re looking for a blog post that is full of ALL THE AMAZING BRANDING + BUSINESS TIPS, this may not be the one for you. 😉 But, if you work from home, all by yo’self, you totally know how lonesome + even boring it can get!
No matter what your situation, when you do get that quiet time, you know that it can easily get lonely. It can get repetitive. But, as creatives, we should be able to get creative with our work-from-home lifestyle, right?!
Now, before you judge, neither of us own a tank of helium, and I’m not talking about inhaling it. Helium is a free app you can download that allows you to watch shows while you work! The screen hovers over everything so it doesn’t get lost among your millions of tabs and editing programs. Whether or not this will work for you depends on what type of work you’re doing. For example, if we’re writing emails or blog posts, it’s too distracting to have a show on in the background. But, when we’re doing creative work like designing a logo or website, we’re sort of on auto-pilot and able to focus on both. In fact, having a TV show on helps us both stay calm and focused rather than getting stressed or distracted. Everyone is different, but give it a shot and see if it works for you!
(Side note: We just recently realized this is only available for Mac OS X; please comment if you know of something similar for other systems!)
We don’t care how busy you are. TAKE A BREAK. We look forward to our lunch breaks every day, as if it’s a week long vacation in Tahiti. For this hour, we don’t do any work (that includes checking email!). Sometimes we watch Netflix while we eat, sometimes we sit outside and get some fresh air, sometimes we read, sometimes we catch up on snail mail. Whatever it may be, as long as we’re taking a break from work, we feel much more refreshed and calm when we’re finished. We also love to use this as incentive for our work in the morning. A lot of times we’ll log our to-do lists in Trello and say “Okay, we need to get XYZ done before we take my lunch breaks. And wouldn’t ya know, it works! (We’re also so easily motivated by food, guys.)
“Walk to work?! But I work from home!”
Ah, do not fret, young grasshopper. This is intended for those who work at home.
Okay, for real though. When I say “walk to work,” we mean go outside and take a walk. Do this before you start your work for the day. Not only do you get fresh air, but you clear your mind in preparation for a new day. When you get home, you are now in the mindset that you’re at work. Then, once you finish work, take another walk. Clear your mind again, and return home in the mindset that you’re home now and work is over. When your workspace is literally 10 feet away from your bedroom, like ours is, it can be tough to draw the line between work and home. But it’s so important to keep the two separate so that you don’t become overwhelmed. ‘Walking to work’ is a great way to help draw that line. If outside your office looks like a winter wonderland, try taking an intentional break before you start work and right after work is over. Let your mind rest!
(Or whoever your equivalent is.)
Not everyone still has their mom. Not everyone has a great relationship with their mom. But everyone should find someone who gives them those ‘mom’ feels. Sometimes when we’re hitting the afternoon slump, when we’re sleepy and losing focus, we call mom. We talk about the day and catch up on life, then she tells me to make coffee and get back to work. It’s so simple, but it’s a nice way to break up the day and catch up with someone you love all at once.
If you don’t have a biz BFF, here’s where you can potentially find a match! We’re lucky that since we own a business together, we have to reach out to each other each + every day before making business decisions. But, before we were biz partners, we had days where the lunch break rewards, the TV shows, the walk to work, the phone call to mom—they just didn’t work. Sometimes we were just OUT OF IT. But, our biz BFF knew how to reel us back in and keep each other on track. This also helps break up the monotony—whether it be via messages like “GET OFF FACEBOOK” or Voxer rambles or emails just to vent and get some feedback. Working from home can get boring. It can get lonely. It can get repetitive. But it helps to feel like someone is there with you… even if they’re a few time zones away.