WORKING FROM HOME
when people hear that i work from home, they say one of two things:
oh, i could never do that, i would go crazy!
i would just do laundry/play with the dogs/watch netflix all day!
i'm here to tell you that both of these things are true and not true. i've worked from home now for over a year — my company is based in new york city (downtown manhattan), i work remotely when i'm not there, and i travel to the office about 2 times per month (with client visits around the country in addition to that).
the first few months were rough. it was way too easy to throw in a load of laundry or play with the dogs or get too wrapped up in podcasts. alternately, some days, it was too easy to work 10 hours, not work out, and barely stand up.
so how did i make it work? it wasn't an option to let my work suffer, and i knew i needed big changes fast. so j and i got to work on the home office, which is also what we call the "project room". this room is where my piano is, where our overstuffed bookshelf is, and where all of the painting/drawing/writing/music happens. but now, it has a shelf, a big whiteboard, a fantastic wireless speaker, and space for me to zone in without outside distractions.
mimicking a traditional office setup by including a large second monitor, providing myself with a nice whiteboard space for big ideas and deadlines, and keeping good music playing and essential oils running through a diffuser makes for insanely productive days that i can punctuate with lunchtime workout classes or dog walks. more effective time management has come naturally over time and now i almost can't imagine how i would be this productive in a traditional office setup.
(also: heading out for an oat milk matcha at horizon line or working from other local watering holes sometimes has its perks.)
do you work in an office, a co-working space, or from home? how do you stay productive and energized?