Welcome back to another episode, beautiful souls! 

I know, we’re about a month into this social distancing and stay at home life, and for other parts of the world if you’re anywhere other than the US – the time frame could be much longer. I know that you’ve probably read so many articles or memes or infographics with working from home tips, but you know… I’ve gotta put my 2 cents out there. 

I’ve worked from home for about 8 years; about 7 of those 8 years, I had a baby on my lap or a toddler or preschooler by my side. I had to master working from home, with kids. That’s not not to say I’m perfect -I know how difficult it is and with so many around the world working remotely, I thought I’d give you some of my own personal tips that I use to maximize my work-flow.

Minimize Distractions
I’m one of those people who has a hard time working in a messy space, especially if the mess is not mine. Sitting at the table working, while staring at a sink full of dishes drives me absolutely batty. Make sure you create a space that has minimal distractions. 

Bulk Create/Batch Work
Last week, I worked for about 12 hours on a Sunday because thats when I was able to. In that time frame, I scheduled all my posts for the next couple of weeks, created was amounts of graphics, blog posts, and edited 5 podcast episodes. I love to batch my work because then i can keep my attention throughout the week on more productive type of activities. Which – I’ll talk about it another FYLF episode soon. 

Wake up Early/ Work after Bedtime
I can get more done in 1 hour of silence, then I can in 5 hours with mass distraction. I love to optimize my mornings before my kids get up, because I know that’s when I’m most productive. Years ago, when I could still hang and I wasn’t dead tired by 8pm nightly, I would work late into the night, after my kids went to sleep. Find what works for you and create extra time if needed.

Have a Clear To Do List
Not much makes me feel accomplished then when I get to cross something off a to-do list. They keep me organized and I can focus on the task at hand. I do my to-do list by week, but if you need more of a daily structure, break it down in that way. 

Schedule Breaks
I have 2 alarms set in my phone, one for lunch and one for meditating. If i don’t have these alarms, I can easily work from 8 to 3 without ever taking a break. I know… it’s pretty terrible but once I’m in the zone, time flies. I sometimes have to remember to eat, hence my lunch alarm. This requires me to be more mindful with my time and to allow mindful breaks.

As a little bonus tip… 

Release your expectations. Live more in a flow state and understand that each day presents its own unique challenges and circumstances. more now than ever, we need to show ourselves more grace by releasing unrealistic expectations we’ve set for ourselves.

I hope these tips helped, if you’re working from home and it’s new to you, know that you’ve got this!

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That’s all for today, I’ll see you next week and until then remember  every level of life is an opportunity to grow. Be well my friend.