How to Work From Home Like a Boss

How to master the art of working from home

Before I started my current job, I hated the idea of working from home. I love being around people, and the thought of being isolated all day made me sad; plus, I didn’t want to taint my home with the stress of work. But in the past year and a half, I’ve totally changed my mind. These days, most of my meetings are on Skype (so going to the office doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll see much of my co-workers), and I’m fortunate to have a job I love that isn’t super stressful on a day-to-day basis. I typically work from home four days a week, and I’ve got it down to a fine art. Here’s what you need to do to make it awesome.

Get comfy. There are people out there who will tell you that you need to put on your biz casual best in order to really get into the workday mindset. I am not those people. I don’t know about you, but I do my best work when I’m relaxed! Obviously, this means staying in my PJs all day. (At least until I have to go out to grab lunch. But you better believe I put them back on the second I get home.)

Use a dedicated workspace. Your home may not be large enough for a true office (mine sure isn’t), but trust me, you can make room for a well-appointed desk. Having a spot that’s reserved solely for getting shit done will make ALL the difference – and it’ll keep you off the couch and away from the rabbit hole that is Netflix.

Caffeine is a must.

Create the environment you need. I prefer some white noise while I work, so I usually play music or turn on the TV – but it has to be something that easily fades into the background, like HGTV or reruns of Friends that I’ve seen a million times. If you know you can’t focus without caffeine, invest in a coffee maker (or keep the fridge stocked with cold brew). If you work best with another person sitting next to you (studies show this can be a very effective motivator!), schedule work dates with a friend who also works remotely.

Be a multitasking machine. Probably the best thing about working from home is the massive amounts of time saved. Not having to commute (or even get dressed) in the morning means a substantial amount of extra sleep time, which is glorious. But I also get a lot done at home during the day that I wouldn’t be able to do at the office, like editing blog photos on my lunch break or folding laundry while I’m on a conference call. Score!

Know when it's time for happy hour

Know when to walk away. Conversely, the toughest thing about working from home is unplugging at the end of the day; it can be hard to disconnect when there’s no real separation between home and office. It helps to schedule something that will force you to step away from your desk, whether it’s happy hour with a friend, a yoga class, or just an alarm on your phone reminding you to hit up the grocery store. This also goes for breaks during the day – try to get outside, even if it’s just to walk down the block and feel the sun on your face!

For those of you who also work from home, do you love it or hate it? Any advice to share? I’d love to hear what you think!

♥ Mil

P.S. You might also enjoy Jules’ tips for working smarter, not harder.

 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, you guys! The weather here has been ridiculously beautiful for the past couple of days, and it’s totally going to my head. I feel like it’s already summer! What are you up to this weekend? I’ve only just realized that Seattle Restaurant Week starts on Sunday, so I’m hoping it’s not too late to score a reservation or two. Seattleites, any favorite restaurants I should try? Let me know…now let’s get the weekend started with a few fun links!

Our Friday Faves this week include pad thai french fries, career advice from Anna Wintour, and photos from the upcoming Gilmore Girls revival

1. This week, two of my favorite foods combined forces in a holy union of flavor: behold Pad Thai French Fries! This might very well be the most genius pairing since chocolate and peanut butter got together. (Lauren Kelp)

2. For those in search of career inspiration, look no further than fashion powerhouse Anna Wintour. These are a few of the secrets to her success. (Career Girl Daily via Lace & Pearls)

3. In the midst of a decorating rut? Few things will transform your home more completely than killer statement wallpaper. (I Spy DIY)

4. If you’ve ever experienced the pure horror of accidentally sending your boss an email that was meant for your bestie, then you’ll appreciate these awesome Google hacks – including how to un-send an email. (The Everygirl)

5. Jules and I are beyond excited for the Gilmore Girls revival, and Entertainment Weekly just released the first official photos from the set. No spoilers, but there’s plenty of material to fuel our fan theories. Let the wild speculation begin! (Bustle)

Have a wonderful weekend!

♥ Mil

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