“I work from home.”
It’s a sentence that surprises a lot of people, scares some, and is a mystery to the rest. Most days, I’m still not comfortable working from home but I’m working on it. I’ve got to beat Imposter Syndrome and the Lack-Of-Motivation Monster away with a mental stick very often.
On my journey with depression, I learned that I need something to look forward to and work towards. When working from home, a routine is your friend too.
I’m far from pinning down a singular routine that works well for me but here’s what I’ve discovered so far that seems to be helpful to me when working from home.
- Weekly Must Do’s
– Map out the week for professional needs.
– Talk therapy.
– Plan personal errands for the week.
– On-site for clients 1 to 2 days, as needed.
- Daily Must Do’s
– Set up a workstation at my dining room table.
– Outline the day in the notebook.
– Pick a place & start there.
– Eat something for lunch.
- Work Station needs
– A big glass of water.
– Notebook & writing utensils.
– Planner/Agenda. I’ve got one from BusyB.Co.UK that I use that has double weeks. I use one for me and one for work. It’s magic.
– Cell phone. Duh.
– Chargers for cell phone and laptop. Double duh.
– Spare hard drive. My laptop is limited on space but mighty on graphics. Content I make has to be able to live somewhere that doesn’t slow down the machine.
– Occasionally: music set to a dull roar via Spotify.