I've worked from home for the last 4 years or so. It's had its ups and downs for sure. We moved into a new apartment over the summer. It has been a wonderful space to work from and really where much of Radiant Hope has been created, but unfortunately in December I began falling into a bit of a rut. It's been hard for me to stay motivated, focused, and productive. I find myself doing everything but what I need to do and it's also been affecting me emotionally as well. Needless to say, I'm in a bit of a funk! I started reading some tips and tricks online to help overcome this current state and wanted to share a few of the things I've started to implement. 

  • 15-30 minutes of yoga first thing in the morning. This helps wake me up and get me moving - I'm not a morning person so this is typically a challenge in and of itself. I've really been enjoying the Down Dog app though! 
  • Showering and getting ready for the day ASAP. When you're home all day, it's easy to put off doing your hair and makeup, but making myself do these things in the morning has been a great way to put me in 'work mode.'
  • Going for a mid-day walk. The fresh air is always good for the soul, but it also gives my mind a break and allows me to reset for the next tasks at hand. 
  • Working from a coffee shop 1-2 times a week. Whether it's for an entire afternoon or an hour, getting out of the apartment and into a new environment is always a good idea! 
  • Giving space for creativity. Sending emails or working on small administrative tasks are super draining for me. I need to ensure that I have a creative outlet so whether it's taking pictures or working on a graphic for oils or writing a blog post, it helps my creativity flow and often leads to more creativity for Radiant Hope as well. 
  • Accepting that I cannot sit for 8 hours a day and be productive. I don't know why, but this has always been so hard for me. I feel guilty if I'm not sitting at my desk for a full 8 hours, but the truth is that I'm so unproductive when I do that. I work best in spurts so giving myself permission to get out and do something I enjoy or simply taking a break and coming back to my to-do list is important. I'm a procrastinator to the extreme so if I put a little pressure on myself to get things done, I can conquer the world. Here lately, I've been creating a to-do list with everything I can possibly think of, grouping the similar or complimentary tasks together, and setting a timer for myself to knock out those 2-5 things. After it's done, I take a short break and come back to tackle more when I'm ready. It works best for me! 

Do you work from home? If so, what are some things that have worked well for you to stay productive, on track, and out of a rut? I'd love to hear more ideas!