My Top 5 Tips for Working from Home

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Editor’s Note: In January 2021, Persimmon Peak was renamed Persnickety Pets.

As a freelancer, I’ve done a lot of work out of my home studio. Now that I’m full time with Persimmon Peak, I’m working from home more than ever before. While I love the flexible schedule, it can still be hard to separate "Working Jen" from "Lounging Jen." So here are my top 5 tips for staying productive when working from home.

Persimmon Peak: Working from home with dogs
Balou, Sally, and Casper help me write an article for the PawPrint Chronicles.

1. Get dressed for work

It may be tempting to work in your pajamas all day, but putting on work clothes is a great way to set the tone for the day. It seems silly when no one else is around, but it will feel more like a work day and less like lounge time! Here are some good tips on what to wear when working from home.

2. Have a separate work space

One of the best ways to separate your work life from your personal life is by creating a designated work area. If you can, set up your work area so it has all the tools/equipment you need ready to go for your next project. It's so much easier for me to sit down and start working on a project when I don't have to first complete a lengthy setup:  drag my machine out of its box, find a place to plug it in, clear a space to cut fabric, set up the ironing board, etc. This article from Entrepreneur magazine has great guidance for setting up a home workspace.

3. Take breaks

Stand up. Walk around. Do some stretches. Pet a pupper (or kitty). Set an alarm to remind yourself to take a break if you need to (and you do need to). Taking a break is an important way to stave off stress and exhaustion while giving your mind a chance to refresh and reset for that next burst of productivity. Those days I work nonstop to meet a deadline end up being so much more draining than they need to be. Here's more reading on the importance of taking breaks.

4. Turn off distractions

I can’t stress this one enough! Turn off those unnecessary notifications that pull you away from work. This includes those enticing dings and those pop-up banners that signal a new message - simply knowing that someone is trying to get ahold of you is a creeping distraction you just don’t need when you’re trying to get work done. A system that's worked well for me is to set aside certain times of the day to check and respond to texts, emails, and social media - any other time is work time. Turn off your push notifications. All of them.

5. Get an accountability buddy

If you're having a hard time staying on track or finishing projects, find someone who can help keep you accountable! My official accountability buddy is a friend from college who is also working on growing her handmade business. We have a weekly meeting to help each other stay on top of our tasks and goals. My unofficial accountability buddies have a slightly different set of priorities, however... namely, treats, snacks, and belly rubs :)

Persimmon Peak: Marmie helps me proofread a blog article

Marmie proofreads an article draft.

🐾 These 5 tips help me stay productive while I work from home on Persimmon Peak. I'm always open to learning new ways to stay productive - tell me about the systems you use to help you work successfully from home!

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