Work From home hacks | Southern Utah Business Building

Wait, working from home isn't Netflix binging all the afternoon, chilling on the couch with a laptop + playing games with the kids all day? Say whaaatt?

I mean there is some chilling on the couch with the kids these past few weeks, but in all reality, working from home isn't everything I've ever dreamed about. I used to think that when you owned your own business and worked from home, you could pretty much do what you wanted, but I am here to tell you that certainly isn't the case.

Working from home is balancing schedules, many interruptions, and it sometimes feels like you put in waaaay more hours than that 9-5 job..... sometimes you do. You work when others sleep, learn to put systems into place, and figure out what works best for you along the way.

With the curveball we've been thrown the past few weeks, I've realized the things that need to be done right now + systems have been put in place to keep me on track and I believe they will help you as well.

As I've been thrown into this home school world along with trying to work from home, I knew I needed systems that could easily be maintained through summer break as well as when the kids head back to school this fall.


01. Set a schedule for everything.

When life threw us a curveball a few weeks ago, I instantly knew that I couldn't keep flying by the seat of my pants on a daily basis and it was time to get my crap in gear. I had sort of been on a schedule, but for months prior had this nagging feeling to get it on paper. I didn't listen and then crap hit the fan + I had to.

I was suddenly thrown into the work from home home school life and I knew if I didn't act quick, I would fail.

Don't make the same mistake I did. Sit down and decide what works for your schedule, when will you take breaks? Did you know that your brain can really only focus intently for about 50 minutes before it needs a breather?

Plan bouts of about 50 minutes that you can work and then get up, fill up your water + grab a snack. If you have kids at home, be sure to check on them too! You need to get out of your chair and move your body each time you take a break. This gets the blood flowing and your body returns back into a state of motion.

02. Get yourself ready.

Even if you don't go all in with the getting dressed part. At least getting ready by putting on some makeup and combing through your hair or throwing it in a cute clip will make you look done up + ready to conquer your day!

It doesn't have to be much, but just enough to make you feel good about life because then you will be much more productive mentally.

03. Define a "work space."

Decide where you are going to work. If you don't have the luxury of having a separate home office, this can be a space in the master, the kitchen, or a den. Before I had my home office, I spent an hour and a half at Starbucks twice each week while my girls were at gymnastics. I also spent some time in my car... (that's a story for another day)!

Regardless, if you are dedicated to being able to complete the work that needs to be done, you will find a way. Having a space that you work in time after time helps your brain to be able to get into "work mode" every time you enter.... or sit if it's a certain side of the couch like it is for me sometimes!

04. Decide your top three musts for the day.

Do you have a long list of to-dos that you made the night before? What needs to be done TODAY or sooner rather than later? You need to decide your top three items that need to get done and put them at the top of your list.