|Blouse: £39.99, Zara. Jeans: 'Pheobe Slim', £195, MiH Jeans. Chair: £399, Out & Out Original. Plant: £12, Ikea. Side table: West Elm (sold out but similar here)|
I've got a manic September planned (weirdly, none really involving London Fashion Week) so I need to make a plan to work from home more in the future. Now I have a calmer space to work in (i.e no builders traipsing through our flat constantly) I enjoy working from my place and thought I'd share a few tips on how I make it work.
|Diary: Aspinal of London. Notebook: £6.95, Studio Sarah. Personalised notecards: Honeytree Stationers. Phone case stickers: £3 each, Skinny Dip|
3. Understand when you're the most productive. I lose concentration on one project very easily. I know I get the most work done between 8am-10am and then in the evening. I try and make appointments in between these times and stop beating myself up about not working in between the hours of 9-5 - if I want to pop out in the middle of day, I will.
4. Don't do the washing up. It's so easy to do the household chores as they're always right there. But try and make sure you switch off to it - if you're working at an office, it wouldn't get done until you've finished work. The same applies here.
5. Try to associate rooms or spaces with work. I'm lucky, I have a study - although I do like to work from my laptop as I am often working remotely and it's easier to have all my files in one place. Our study is where I do real 'office' work - invoicing, admin etc. When I go into that room and close the door, I really feel in 'business' mode. It helps and I'm more productive in there than in any other space.
6. Figure out your own system. It doesn't matter if it's silly or only makes sense to you - you don't have to follow anyone else's rules now you work for yourself. I have a million folders for all my projects - it helps me separate my brain when I have so many projects on the go.
6. Remember why you went freelance. This is what I am yet to figure out, to be honest. It was to have more free-time - which I still need to work on...but I am getting there with my work/life balance. The important thing to remember is you are in charge of your destiny/schedule so you have the power to say 'no' or make your life work better for you.
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