A lot of people think that because I work from home, I don’t work at all. I will say that it’s an absolutely wonderful life – something I always dreamed about. But it’s not all about sleeping in, being lazy and doing nothing all day!
Sure, I make my own schedule and work on my terms, but I typically work about 12 hours a day, everyday. If I take a break to do something for a few hours, I make it up late at night or early morning. For example, last week I went dress shopping with my mom. We were out for about 4 hours. Soooo I was up working until about 2am.
An example of my schedule is as follows:
- 8-9am: Wake up, make my tea, get ready for my day.
- 9am-12pm: Work
- 12-1pm: lunch break, play with dogs
- 1-4pm: Work
- 4-6pm: feed dogs, take them on a walk or to the park, eat dinner
- 6-12am (sometimes 1 or 2am): Work
I will take 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day to stretch and play with my babies or get a snack. But this is my typical schedule everyday. If I have agility class or something else going on, I make up the work time elsewhere.
In the morning, I start by looking at all of my blog numbers from the day before to see where I ended up. I approve comments, reply to them and just check to make sure everything on my site is working. Then I make a morning Facebook post, then check all of my notifications. After that, I participate in the BlogPaws boost group on Facebook, and catch up on the rest of my social media.
When all of those basic morning duties are done, I work on whatever I need to do for the day. Edit photos, write posts, contact different companies or people, go on outings, take pictures of my dogs, etc. I love my days because they are always different!
It’s important to set good habits for yourself if you work from home. Getting dressed and ready in the morning really helps motivate me to get going. I admit that I don’t do it everyday, but I always feel much better when I do. I also stay on task with an electronic AND paper calendar. I’m a very organized person so I always have my weeks planned out and I never procrastinate. For tips on how to maintain a professional mindset while working from home, check out this article!
I also have a dedicated office for working. If you can’t have an entire room for an office, try creating a great inspiring space that you will LOVE to work in. I recently added some personal touches to my office, including framing my newspaper article, purchasing some doggy office supplies and hanging up my fancy certificate!
If you work from home, how do you schedule your days and weeks? If you are a blogger or run a business from home, do you have an office space you work in?