The best thing about working from home? Being at home.
And the worst thing? Being at home.
Now, there are a number of arguments for both cases here and everyone’s situation is different. For me, I’ve been able to switch off and focus on a uni report or Public’s marketing for about the last three years.. up until this week.
This week, the team at Ivy Social had to pack up our things from Keep Co and set camp to work from home (along with other small businesses). I was so ready for this but quickly learned that it was a little hard adjusting to the new norm.
What I’m here for is to give you my three tips on how to stay motivated and on-track with all that work that you know you need to do.
Stick to that morning routine
Just because you’re about to be at home seven days a week, doesn’t mean you’re in holiday mode.
Do the regular things: wake up, get out of bed, wash your face, do your skincare.. whatever it is that you usually do before you leave for work in the mornings – do it. The only thing I haven’t stuck to is doing my makeup or hair. Everything else, I’ve continued to do.. especially making my bed. This is a huge deal for me (..seriously, just ask my partner 😂) because if I come home to an unmade bed, my mood instantly shifts. Just imagine if I’ve had a long day.
Getting changed as if you were actually heading out to work was a game-changer. I’m not saying you need to put on your office attire, I’m just saying that it helps if you get out of the clothes that you slept in. For me, my desk is in my room so I need to be able to shift my vision from my bedroom to my office all in the same space. Can you see my struggle?
By following your (somewhat) regular morning routine, your brain thinks you’re going to the office, which puts it into work mode. ✔️
Home office décor is everything
I didn’t go out and buy a cute paperweight or anything but I did buy lots of cute stationery (..which isn’t even visible on the table lol). All I did was keep things tidy. Now, for some, organised chaos is the way to go – not this girl. Mess simply stresses me out and I’m a stress head enough as it is!
All you need to do is play to your strengths.
Do you work well in a colourful environment? 🌻
Add colour. Get some flowers or candles to spruce the place up. Whether you’re someone who likes sticking to a colour palette or you’re someone who wants to brighten up your space, you can do just that. To be honest, my desk at the office has its own tones. Think: mauve, golden vibes. And pink. I need pink.
Do you work well with inspiration? 🎨
Look for some artwork. You’d be surprised at how much creativity and motivation a person can find just by looking at a piece of art. Check out Scott Leggo‘s online gallery for premium landscape photography.. you won’t be disappointed.
Do you work well with photos of your loved ones surrounding you? 📸
Print them out. This is what I have in my bedroom/home office. I have photos stuck up on my wall and in frames on my desk. They’re the people who motivate me in real life, so it’s only natural that I want to be able to see them if I ever need a mental pick-me-up (..perhaps something I should think about for the office?).
I found that working in an environment with something visual helped me get motivated. Sometimes, it’ll take me a while to get into the swing of things but when I do, I’m there for a while. Despite however long it may take me to get to this point, it would most definitely take me longer if I didn’t have anything to look at and readjust my focus.
Get yourself an Ivy Social team
Now, I may be biased, but the girls at Ivy Social are just something else. 🌿
We’re quite lucky, in that our line of work can be done remotely but what I love is that the culture hasn’t felt too different since working from home. We still have our morning meetings and talk to each other all-day (albeit it’s over a phone call or in a group chat).
The only downside I’ve experienced this week is hitting that 3 pm struggle where we’d usually have a quick chat about non-related work things or go get a coffee from next door. This is just something that I’ll need to work on at home so that I don’t get used to it and take it back to the office with me when we return.
I understand that you won’t have the exact same work culture but it certainly helps to surround yourself with people who are either in the same boat as you or just simply get it.
Now that the first week is done, let’s hope I can keep this up!