It’s not our first experience as homeworkers, in fact it’s not our first experience as business owners! We owned two completely different ones in the past and since May 29th of this year, we are the two happy bees behind IVB!
As time goes by, we learned from our mistakes and our successes and we still have a lot to learn but here’s our little 30 cents to the world of WFH (Working From Home):
How to keep things balanced when working from home
The truth is that I’m also writing this post to kindly remind me some important key points to protect my own sanity 😉
1. Start early
I dedicate my early early mornings to easy tasks that don’t require a lot of thinking. Find little things that will make a difference on your daily work load without requiring too much of official presence 😉 As we are co-sleeping with our baby and Im always awake at least 1h before her and if I dare to move, she angrily wakes up, which I don’t want AT ALL cause it sets the tone for the day… And I want our days to go smoothly (who doesn’t want that anyway?)! So, I lay there and work on our Pinterest and Twitter accounts 🙂
- Pin and repin (10-20)
- Read what I pinned the day before (!!!) about social media marketing so I can put a couple of new things in place throughout the day
- As I aim for at least 10 tweets per day, this is the perfect time to do some! 140 characters max, a must at this time od the day lolll!
2. All about punching in and punching out
I’m officially starting around 8.30 am: checking on my planner and sipping a cup of coffee (brainfogged without that, gulp!)
Because we still have kids at home, our day is divided between desk time and home/family routine. Which means…
a) Make the most of every moment. Don’t wait for the laundry to start by itself at the end of the week, don’t wait last minute to prepare kids meal in a complete rush, don’t skip your own meals (need to fees that brain!), DO NOT STAY in pjs all day, not good for ego, no no no!
b) Take a morning and an afternoon break to shake it off, dance it off, stretch it out, have a snack, talk a walk, water the plants, feed the fishes… Whatever! Step aside this laptop, for real… Including cell phone, Ipad and other technologies!
c) Stick to the planner. Don’t try to catch up for yesterday’s lack of time or don’t try to do 2 days at once! Every hour or so, check back where you are at and FOCUS. It’s so hard to stay focus when you are working from home… So many disturbances, even if most of the times they are fun ones like a baby laughing, fresh cookies out from the oven, a beautiful sun outside and an appealing Sangria on the balcony… Lolll! Don’t neglect the power of being your own boss and having your own schedule, sometimes this 3rd or 4th pause is really needed, whether it’s for yourself or for the others surrounding you 🙂
d) Close shop. This is the most important one… So hard to stick to it though, there always something more that you can do, while relaxing at night… Gosh! Punch out folks, punch out!!! (Yes I’m talking to me too!!!)
Find the best hour to close shop and stick to it. For us, it’s around 7pm because if I’m logging out everything before that, I’m missing all the web traffic and this is bad for an online shop relying on Social Media for sales! But be prepared so 7pm won’t become 9.30pm… Or worst…
As I already took all my pics and write all my posts for Instagram, which is the last thing scheduled for the day, I can allow myself some more relaxing work time at night, after dinner, for posting from my chair.
3. Dedicate your nights to family time. It’s easy to be there without not really being there and I’m talking with my heart here. Just be there and don’t think or overthink about your business, what you should have done, what you need to do tomorrow, how late you are in your agenda… Just be there.
Be BALANCED (note to myself).
4. Log out during weekends. Or at least, keep work at the really minimum… It might be 1 Facebook post, 1 IG post and 3-4 tweets in the whole weekend. (But make sure that you will stop cause we all know how this only 10 little minutes often ends up in 3h.;) Or it can be nothing at all! Earth will not stop turning if you disappear from Social Media for 48hrs. For Etsy sellers, orders are processed during business days only so you won’t be late…
5. Plan holidays or vacations. What will you do during Christmas season, will you show up to work every day or you’ll take a couple of days far from your desk? Think about it early on so you’ll be able to announce it in advance to your customers, you’ll have time to plan your own work load and adjust your schedule well, and won’t feel in the obligation to sit and work on the 26th cause you weren’t prepared (been there, done that!) with tons of things in progress that really needs to be completed!
There is so many hours in a day!
If you are working from home, what’s your biggest challenge?
Now it’s time to like it, pin it, share it, tweet it, email it, sing it or well, just ignore it, we won’t be mad at you 🙂