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How to be Productive When Working from Home

I am once again working from home and I love it. Some people don’t do well working from home, and others thrive. I like to think that I thrive.  The freedom to set my own schedule works really well for me.  I am a list maker and a goal setter, so I if something needs to get done, I will get it done one way or another. Sometimes that means I trade off going for an hour walk at 9AM with Aaron and the dog for working a little later, but I am okay with that.

Here are some tips that work for me to be productive when working from home.

  1. Prioritize. Make a list of what needs to get done and prioritize according to urgency. I make lists for everything from work, Girls on the Run, exercise, and things to do around the house. Nothing feels better than checking things off the lists.
  2. Have a designated work space. It is way too tempting for me to work on the couch with Cash on my lap and Aaron next to me. Luckily I have a real office in the house and force myself in there to really get things done. I come out for lunch and snack breaks and also if there is anything I need to get done into the evening always is done on the couch with my boys.
  3. Get in a groove. Avoid distractions by focusing on one task for 25 minutes, taking a 5 minute break (hello, Facebook, Twitter and email).
  4. Use the OHIO method. The OHIO method stands for Only Handle It Once. This is for emails and voicemail and can really help so you don’t get overwhelmed by your inbox or forgetting about that email someone sent a few weeks ago. When you check an email, decide immediately what to do with it – move it to a folder, mark it important, or trash it if it is junk.
  5. Wake up 15 minutes early. Knowing I could sleep until 8 and still hop on the computer and get right to work is tempting. But it works better for me if I wake up a little earlier to ease into the morning with a cup of coffee and some Today show.
  6. Schedule in workouts. Having all day to get in a workout all too often means I don’t get in any workout.  At night, I plan with Aaron on when we will workout, and whether we are going to the gym or exercising outside. It makes it much easier to plan my day that way.

Back with a Vengeance

I cannot believe I haven’t posted since April 4th! It just goes to show how busy life has been.  A lot has changed for me in the last few weeks – but it all good stuff. Ready to speed through the last two weeks?

I gave my two weeks notice at work to work for myself. I have always wanted to work for myself, and when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it! I am so excited about this adventure and next stage in my life. Let the adventure begin!

After my last day of work, Aaron and went to South Lake Tahoe for a night at Harvey’s. We already had the night planned to use a Groupon I purchased back in November before it expired. The timing worked our perfect to celebrate this next step in our lives. We gambled (and even won!), had cocktails in the casino, and dinner at Stateline Brewery.

We have also been in heavy planning mode for our Girls on the Run 5K on May 14th!  It’s going to be such a great event and I can’t wait. Lots of great stuff in the works for our chapter, and I am excited to be able to dedicate more time to my commitment to GOTR.

WEDDING UPDATES

Yesterday the correct wedding shoes arrived which is very exciting. I definitely need to practice walking in these 4 inch heels (since I am a ballet flat and flip flop gal). Keep your fingers crossed that money buys comfort!

Tonight we headed to Tuli Bistro to discuss wedding food!  This is one of the most exciting aspects of the wedding for us. The marriage of two foodies means the food at the wedding better be really good. They always say you never get to eat at your own wedding, but I refuse to let that be our fate on September 17th. We are so excited to plan the food with Chef Adam and know he will deliver above and beyond our expectations!

Our invitations are underway, too.  My friend Jessica is designing them and we saw the first round today and they look amazing! She should have all the changes made by the end of the week.  Very exciting!

Okay, are you fully exhausted yet? As I get settled I hope to be back to posting more regularly. The plan is also to kick up my workout routine and get back to working our regularly. I have a wedding dress (and pants) to fit into after all.

I am off to LA for the day tomorrow and it should be a great, but exhausting day. A 6AM flight to Orange County, drive to LA for a meeting, drive back to OC and then fly home. It will be a whirlwind 13 hours, but I am looking forward to it!