How to work from home What Olivia Did
(Chair: John Lewis, Light: C/O Edited)

Being self employed usually comes with the big luxury that is working from home (as well as avoiding the dreaded office tea run- WHAT is the perfect cup I ask thee)! Although payday is never usually one set day (the phrase 'hurry up payday' has never been so ominous) and Christmas parties and usually solely just with yours truly; being able to do the majority or work from the comfort of your own home, is certainly something I love having as part of my 'job' description.

Saying that, as wonderful as it is; it can be incredibly difficult to get in to any set routine. Distractions are rife (it's only since working from home I've seen workout DVD's as a legitimate form of procrastination) and tasks can end up taking up the whole of your evening, long after most traditional Out Of Office's have been set. So, after beginning to form a routine in the last few months, I thought I'd try and share some of my tips for working from home successfully- I'd love to know any you turn to too!

How to work from home What Olivia Did Get yourself ready for the day!
This sounds ridiculous on paper, but it's invaluable if you know how important it is. It's nice to have the odd pyjama day, trust me, I'm the queen of the onesie/Rupert the bear style get ups when lounging on the sofa, but it does not aid productivity. Chances are, if I'm in my pyjama's I'll typically act as if I should be in them, meaning I'll sloth about, and take ages to get any one thing done (with sofa naps becoming all the more tempting). If, however, I hop up, put on some 'proper' clothes (anything from jeans and a jumper, to a prettier dress) and a little make up (certainly not obligatory)- I'll feel totally ready for the day, and more likely in 'office' mode- after all, who would head to the office in pjs? (we all would, if we could)...

Working from home outfit inspo...



Break down the tasks
If there's one thing that I can't resist it's a good stationary set, and when you're trying to get organised they are totally justifiable, whether it be a weekly planner (life saver) or some sassy notepads (notebooks can totally be sassy)- it's so much easier if you break down your weekly tasks into daily nuggets, meaning everything is way more digestible and achievable. This planner of mine and pads from Edited are total lifesavers, and my pal Kristabel has also done a post on getting organised so check that out too!


Organisational picks...



How to work from home What Olivia Did Have a break
Like in any job, it's important to allow yourself breaks and take a moment away from the computer to recharge. Although there's no one to tell you off for looking at Buzzfeed when you're at home, it's better saved up for when you're sitting pretty with a cuppa or a sandwich, and less for when you get distracted every other five minutes whilst trying to work on a blog post (ahem). Living close to a park, I like to take Maggie out for a walk to refresh myself, or simply get on with a couple of household tasks to take some time out- and by doing this, I feel more motivated to get things done and not leave them until last thing at night.

Allow yourself crappy TV- within reason
I do think that if you deny yourself watching daytime TV, you'll become distracted in other ways. Okay, it's a bit pants- but everyone loves Phillip Schofield, and if I haven't got anyone else in my 'office' with me, his voice in the background will suffice just fine. As long as you're not watching it all eyes, and having it on as more of a background noise, it's a healthy thing to put on, and can certainly make being home alone a little less lonely (Ruth and Eamon! In my office!)


Break time browsing...




Hop on up and don't make your room your office
Working from my bed was initially one of my greatest ideas. I felt like Kevin in Home Alone and that I'd hit the JACKPOT. But I got absolutely nothing done- a handful of emails perhaps? Being able to roll over and snuggle up made it all too easy to steer away from work, and getting up at 2pm to 'properly' start the day will leave you with little to no routine. It's so important to find an 'office' space in your home (be it the table, breakfast bar or sofa) that is away from your bedroom, and keep your 'work space' and 'living space' separate to avoid blurred lines, and keep the bedroom a place for sole relaxation.


Create your office...




How to work from home What Olivia Did
And most importantly, make a routine
This is probably the most important of the bunch, and one I'm still working on. Since getting the pup, our routines have changed, so getting up at a set time (5:30), getting ready and starting work for the day (8:00) is still something I'm getting used to- but it's so beneficial to have a set routine. Being self employed, it's so, so easy to work way into the night, the weekend and beyond- but having that 'cut off' point in the evening is integral, and means you're more driven to start working again the next day. After all, it's very rare anything is that urgent that you need to reply to it at 1am on a Saturday, isn't it? (guilty).

x
How to work from home What Olivia Did
(Chair: John Lewis, Light: C/O Edited)

Being self employed usually comes with the big luxury that is working from home (as well as avoiding the dreaded office tea run- WHAT is the perfect cup I ask thee)! Although payday is never usually one set day (the phrase 'hurry up payday' has never been so ominous) and Christmas parties and usually solely just with yours truly; being able to do the majority or work from the comfort of your own home, is certainly something I love having as part of my 'job' description.

Saying that, as wonderful as it is; it can be incredibly difficult to get in to any set routine. Distractions are rife (it's only since working from home I've seen workout DVD's as a legitimate form of procrastination) and tasks can end up taking up the whole of your evening, long after most traditional Out Of Office's have been set. So, after beginning to form a routine in the last few months, I thought I'd try and share some of my tips for working from home successfully- I'd love to know any you turn to too!

How to work from home What Olivia Did Get yourself ready for the day!
This sounds ridiculous on paper, but it's invaluable if you know how important it is. It's nice to have the odd pyjama day, trust me, I'm the queen of the onesie/Rupert the bear style get ups when lounging on the sofa, but it does not aid productivity. Chances are, if I'm in my pyjama's I'll typically act as if I should be in them, meaning I'll sloth about, and take ages to get any one thing done (with sofa naps becoming all the more tempting). If, however, I hop up, put on some 'proper' clothes (anything from jeans and a jumper, to a prettier dress) and a little make up (certainly not obligatory)- I'll feel totally ready for the day, and more likely in 'office' mode- after all, who would head to the office in pjs? (we all would, if we could)...

Working from home outfit inspo...



Break down the tasks
If there's one thing that I can't resist it's a good stationary set, and when you're trying to get organised they are totally justifiable, whether it be a weekly planner (life saver) or some sassy notepads (notebooks can totally be sassy)- it's so much easier if you break down your weekly tasks into daily nuggets, meaning everything is way more digestible and achievable. This planner of mine and pads from Edited are total lifesavers, and my pal Kristabel has also done a post on getting organised so check that out too!


Organisational picks...



How to work from home What Olivia Did Have a break
Like in any job, it's important to allow yourself breaks and take a moment away from the computer to recharge. Although there's no one to tell you off for looking at Buzzfeed when you're at home, it's better saved up for when you're sitting pretty with a cuppa or a sandwich, and less for when you get distracted every other five minutes whilst trying to work on a blog post (ahem). Living close to a park, I like to take Maggie out for a walk to refresh myself, or simply get on with a couple of household tasks to take some time out- and by doing this, I feel more motivated to get things done and not leave them until last thing at night.

Allow yourself crappy TV- within reason
I do think that if you deny yourself watching daytime TV, you'll become distracted in other ways. Okay, it's a bit pants- but everyone loves Phillip Schofield, and if I haven't got anyone else in my 'office' with me, his voice in the background will suffice just fine. As long as you're not watching it all eyes, and having it on as more of a background noise, it's a healthy thing to put on, and can certainly make being home alone a little less lonely (Ruth and Eamon! In my office!)


Break time browsing...




Hop on up and don't make your room your office
Working from my bed was initially one of my greatest ideas. I felt like Kevin in Home Alone and that I'd hit the JACKPOT. But I got absolutely nothing done- a handful of emails perhaps? Being able to roll over and snuggle up made it all too easy to steer away from work, and getting up at 2pm to 'properly' start the day will leave you with little to no routine. It's so important to find an 'office' space in your home (be it the table, breakfast bar or sofa) that is away from your bedroom, and keep your 'work space' and 'living space' separate to avoid blurred lines, and keep the bedroom a place for sole relaxation.


Create your office...




How to work from home What Olivia Did
And most importantly, make a routine
This is probably the most important of the bunch, and one I'm still working on. Since getting the pup, our routines have changed, so getting up at a set time (5:30), getting ready and starting work for the day (8:00) is still something I'm getting used to- but it's so beneficial to have a set routine. Being self employed, it's so, so easy to work way into the night, the weekend and beyond- but having that 'cut off' point in the evening is integral, and means you're more driven to start working again the next day. After all, it's very rare anything is that urgent that you need to reply to it at 1am on a Saturday, isn't it? (guilty).

x

42 comments:

  1. I completely agree with all of your tips! I think it's very important to have a set routine because otherwise things are just less likely to get done. I also have the same blue and white mug as you :)
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  2. Great tips, these are actually really useful for uni as I don't have many contact hours so I'm always trying to stay focused and work from home! In love with your stationary picks - especially that Dachshund diary xx

    A Fashion Tale // UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  3. I agree on all the points but never still to breaks. Well, I do usually nip to the gym for an hour so I guess that could be called a break. I never watch telly mind you, I'd waste too much time. Really nice post, got one similar coming myself.

    Buckets & Spades

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  4. These tips are fabulous! Pinning this article for later - thank you!

    Warm regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

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  5. Great post, thanks for sharing! This is so detailed and helpful, love it! Kate x

    www.vanillainnovember.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Great tips, Olivia! I especially love that you pointed out to change OUT of your PJ's. I'm very guilty of that and when I stay in my PJ's, I have the sudden urge to just lounge and stay in bed all day.

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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  7. Great post, I work from home a lot too and the importance of routine cannot be overstated!
    I love, love, love your Weekly Times planner - was that from Edited? I can't see it on their website and I'd love one for blog and work planning!

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    1. It wasn't sadly, but there are some similar ones available online, and I know Rifle Paper Company have a similar one! x

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  8. Great tips you got there, Olivia! Waking up at 5:30 is so early!!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  9. Great tips (even though waking up at 5.30 is very early) would love to be a full time blogger in the future x

    Pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I can't believe how early you rise, that's excellent dedication! Fantastic tips :)

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  11. Great tips, Olivia!
    You just made me want to work from home soo bad now! One day I might get to though.. ;)

    /Clara

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  12. Great tips! These really helped! x

    Blog Marjorie

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  13. Lovely post and great tips :) I've always loved the thought of working from home, no commute, no work place dynamics, you choose the music and lunch...bliss!

    hannah bee | australian lifestyle blog
    xo

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  14. This is such a good post :) These are some really good tips! :)
    <3 Katie
    http://luvelylittlelulladoll.blogspot.ca/

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  15. Great tips! Thanks for sharing :)

    http://www.skinnybelle.com/

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  16. I definitely am going to use a few of these tips! Although I don't work from home, being a student means that I'm often trying to get things done at home - and I face many of the same problems you do! I tend to get cabin fever, so regular outings are scheduled into my daily routine so I don't go mad. xx

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  17. Stunning post! Very inspiring!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
    http://www.fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  18. Great tips! Routine is so important. I have four kids, three of whom are 5 and under, so they are a huge distraction, but I guess you can learn to work around anything!
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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  19. Great tips! It's my dream to work from home one day, i hope to start next year when I graduate! These are the best tips I have read so far- I think it's definitely important to have a 'workspace' I'm like you, I could spend all day in bed if I let myself!!
    Emily xxx
    www.emilymaydesigns.com

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  20. Such a helpful post!! (says she, currently working from bed)

    http://flightofthepapercranes.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I think I need to move into another room for better concentration - but my bedroom is so darn festive!! Great all round tips, absolutely essential to working from home

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Couldn't agree more! Especially with your first point, getting dressed and ready to start the day. I could live in my pjs but also find it hard to switch into work mode when in my snugglies, so like you say, it's best to leave those for out of office hours!

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  23. Where is the weekly times sheets from?

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    1. Just a wee independent stationary shop, but there are similar ones online!

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  24. I find the hardest part getting up and dressed! I just want to stay in my pjs all day x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  25. Spot on! Getting dressed for the day is like a cue for me - it's work time now. My problem is that I have to remind myself to change into jammies at the end of the day so my work day actually ends!

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  26. I'm not self-employed but as a uni student I think these tips will be really helpful to me so I can finally get my act together.

    fashionablyunknown.com

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  27. For me, the most important part is getting dressed! It's also the hardest part :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  28. I envy you for being self employed but I know I'd have similar struggles if I was x

    www.blondecanvas.com.

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  29. I found myself nodding my head so much in this post it amused me hahah. I think everyone of these points is so realistic and i honestly do each of these too! But i think i now need the motivation to get into the swing of things again

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  30. I'm planning to work from home in the near future.
    This was very helpful, thank you!

    http://amentionoftoday.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. I am a total procrastinater sometimes, and i think that having a routine does help. I love stationary as well, i can basically spend an hour in the kate spade section of my bookstore.

    Vievelle

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  32. Olivia you're such an inspiration ! You have the same age as me and oh my, I wish I could do what you do for a living. Even if I'm well aware that it is not always easy.
    I've been studying at uni for 3 years now and I still have 2 years to come (yeah...!). And I have my little blog too. I'd love it to become bigger and to properly work on it. It's such a hobby to me.
    Anyway, keep doing what you do, because it's freaking fantastic ! Love y'a !

    Victoria
    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

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  33. These are the exact rules I work by at home- I'm a student as well as a blogger so I'm her a,one a lot and have to really dig deep! The only other thing I do (not the best advice) is, if I'm really not motivated and able to get on with work, I'll leave it and try again later. My thought is Id rather tackle it nearer to the deadline and feel more pressure thanbe writing thinking 'this sounds a bit rubbish' ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜™ curiousaliceloves.wordpress.com

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  34. great advice!


    http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.kr

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  35. I don't work from home but I can only imagine how much discipline some people need to have as one can easily get distracted. Great tips to combat this :) X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  36. SUCH a great post! I worked from home most of the time when I'm not on a shoot (film producer!) and I definitely have to have structure or like you I get nothing done! I like to take short, regular breaks, making sure to stretch my legs and go outside!

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

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  37. Totally agree. If I sit around all day in my PJ's, i get nothing done. Best thing to do is get up, get dressed and have a cup of tea. xxx

    Alana Says…//www.alana-says.blogspot.co.uk//Fashion and lifestyle blog

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  38. Great tips, I couldn't agree more! Especially when you talked about being on Buzzfeed all day. Their youtube Channel - My guilty pleasure.
    I am not self employed or something but I just never get any stuff done when I'm having a day off.

    x Eva
    http://queensdressed2kill.blogspot.de/

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