The beauty of being your own business owner. You can wake up anytime you want, work in your pajamas, get ready for the day at your leisure, adjust your work schedule to fit around the kids, appointments, or whatever so easily. We should all be waking up bright and ready for the day after a good stretch and hopping out of bed excited to work. I’m not sure about you, but that kind of thing only happens in a perfect world. The reality is that we have kids, dogs, clients, and…cleaning to do if we’re going to work from home.
Ever have that moment where you wake up, make your morning coffee, get everyone to where they need to be and come home and sit down and sigh contentedly knowing you’ll have a good portion of the day to yourself to work? Only then do you realize your office is covered in receipts, clutter, lunch plates from yesterday and who knows what else. If you want to be at your best and most productive you need to create a better, more productive work environment.
1. Set aside a space to work. It’d be nice if we all had our own rooms for our at-home offices, but that might not be the case. Find a space in your home where you can fit a small desk at least and reserve this spot just for your work. Don’t use it to stack the mail when you come in the front door.
2. Create a schedule for checking the internet. Nothing can distract you more than Facebook, Twitter, or other photographers blogs right? All of those things can also make you lose your confidence right along with your motivation. When you have a day to work give yourself a schedule for logging on to the internet so you don’t play all day and use your time more wisely. If you create a little daily schedule for yourself, post it at your desk or in your office where you’ll see it. Set times for a quick break. It gives you something to work toward and helps keep you on a schedule.
3. Clear out the clutter! I know it’s almost impossible for me to work knowing there are piles of laundry to do or a house to clean. Create a schedule for yourself that can help you keep the house picked up before you’re working.If you spend a small amount of time each day keeping your workspace clean and keeping on top of those distractions you’ll be thinking about while you work, you’ll find your mind is more productive.
4. Surround yourself with things that help you work. Is putting your desk next to a window too distracting? Does it leave you longing to hang outside with a glass of wine? Set yourself up for success by knowing what distracts you and what motivates you and only surrounding yourself with items that will motivate you.
5. If you have the space organize your office into areas. One area for packaging, one area for file storage, one area for workflow related items. If you organize your office into groups you’ll have one small area to complete each task.
6. Invest in a comfy chair. If your chair is horrible you won’t want to be sitting in it for extended periods of time. If you have a good chair, you’ll feel less of a need to get up and adjust constantly which will help you be more productive.
Today is the start of the >31 Days to a Better Photography Business Online Workshop<. This workshop will be going all month. I will leave registrations open for the remainder of the day if anyone wants to grab one of the last spots – otherwise you can look forward to a couple new workshops starting next month!