How to work from home What Olivia Did
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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...




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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).

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Top tips to working from home...

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If there's one thing I love more than a good Italian meal (there's not much, mind you)- it's eating it with my nearest and dearest, and any excuse to have people over tucking in to pizza, pasta and the works, is certainly my idea of the perfect evening in. If you know me, you'll know I will always opt for Italian food over anything (one of my friends thought I was from Italy at one point too). So, for one of my most recent contributions to the Great Boden Diaries I hosted a dinner party for some family- and put together three fail-safe hosting looks that I'd gladly wear from the kitchen to the table (and everywhere in between)!

In my post I also included my favourite easy-peasy pasta recipe that I turn to time and time again (one I picked up working at my local Italian, naturally) that you can recreate and cook for as many people as you wish! Plus, what better way to get in to the festive spirit than to invite some loved ones round for some bloody tasty treats? Bon appetite!

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Planning (and dressing for) the perfect dinner party!

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(Hat: ASOS, Dress: And Other Stories, Boots: Zara via Dunya, Bag: Lulu Guinness)

Our second day in Amsterdam was spend exploring, picking up hidden gems from beautiful independent shops (and spoiling ourselves a little- hurry up pay day!) and pulling out Google Maps to try and discover where that burger bar was (luckily, you can walk most of the central city on foot, so everything is possible). For the occasion I pulled out this And Other Stories dress I'd spied a few months back now, and although I had to make a little pit stop to pull on something marginally warmer (what you don't see on this shot is the massive bear coat I was wearing on top), it's such a gorgeous piece and certainly has something a little Orla Kiely about it (quirky zebra print all the way)!

If the last few days away taught me anything, it's how lucky I am to have such a special group of friends, and how amazing it is that these little online web logs (lol, I definitely used that term) all bought us together. I'm not sure I've laughed as hard in such a short proximity in a while (so much so I'm a little disappointed I haven't developed some kind of six pack) and it's pretty nice to be around people who genuinely don't mind lunch getting cold in order to get that Instagram snap (oh what am I saying, we definitely didn't let it get cold) and share the same, odd, sense of humour. Either way and in all seriousness- you can check out Lucy, Carrie, Kbel and Dunya's Amsterdam posts here too- so you'll be fully prepared for any New Year (or festive) excursions you have planned! Stay tuned for my guide, very, very soon too!

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and here's what I wore...


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Along the canal...

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Do you like Christmas, getting pampered and all things Burt's Bees (as well as some poorly executed jokes from yours truly)?

Then you may well be in luck...

If you're about on the 2nd of December from 6:30-8:30pm, little old me will be hosting a little 'pre party' Christmas workshop at the Burt's Bees pop up hive in London- talking about everything from getting pampered at home, skin care, mince pies to the amazing Burt's Bees Christmas Gift Collection- not bad huh? On top of that they'll be a cheeky 20% off of all product in the hive, you you can treat yourself to a little festive something too. The event will be happening at 46 Monmouth St, London, WC2H 9LE and I hope to see a couple of you lovely people there!

If you fancy coming along- pop an email to info@fluorescentpr.com

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Let's hang out and #BeeMerry!

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(Hat: River Island, Coat: Free People, Jumper: Zara, Jeans: Boden, Bag: What Olivia Did for Baia, Shoes: C/O Nike x Liberty)

As you may have seen by my Amsterspam on Instagram (I was so thrilled with this pun I used it about once an hour during the trip), this week I was in the Dutch capital, care of KLM; getting to know a little more about it's culture, amazing hidden gems (trust me, there were a lot)- and most importantly spending time with five of my favourite ladies (and sharing it all using our #FiveFlyKLM hashtag). With a smooth old ride from Black Lane taking us straight to Terminal 4, we hopped on to KLM's finest and jetted over on the shortest ever flight, to what is probably literally, across the pond. We spent the few days laughing a hell of a lot, sharing anecdotes late in to each evening and discovering so many gorgeous shops and restaurants- which I'll be sharing in a big guide to Amsterdam here soon- so stay tuned!

Also- since when did you become a trainer person I hear you ask?! Well, after undoubtedly being described as a 'Liberty lover' through and through, I had to admit- if you're going to do sporty and sensible whilst travelling; you may as well do it with a Liberty print, right? Plus- they're so comfortable (finally- a shoe that doesn't give me blisters after a first wear)- and make me feel partially cooler when worn with my big ol' teddy bear coat (which genuinely makes me look like a bear from behind) and cosy bobble hat- who's laughing now weather? It was my 'go-to' during our trip, and I barely complained of being cold, which is saying something for sure ; )
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and here's what I wore...



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