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Essentials For Working From Home: Part 4

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Do you ever get distracted during your work day? Do you sometimes get confused on what you should be working on, and what should have top priority?

I do. I think the distractions are amplified if you work from home!

I created this little blog series because a few months ago I felt stuck, I questioned what I was doing, I wondered if I was being indulgent working from home in the more quiet times of my business, and I didn’t have a work routine I was proud of.

Since implementing these ‘essentials’ I have shared (my non-negotiable’s), I have felt more at peace, more fulfilled at the end of the day, and I have a renewed passion for working from home!

This is the last post in my mini blog series ‘Essentials for working from home’. I think this is one of the most important! As you can tell from the above photograph, I have a planner open right next to me beside my keyboard. I can see my whole week at a glance. I also have my ‘ideal day’ mapped out which I have washi taped to the inside of the open binder. I’ve blogged about my ideal day here.

At the beginning of the week, I write down all the things I want to accomplish on the left side, each morning I will plan my day based on the list I wrote at the start of the week. I also use Google Calendar which I love for working remotely, and rely it on day to day, but having a planner open in front of me at all times, helps me stick to my schedule!

The planner I use is by Emily Ley which I love. I mainly use the diary section, but also have sections for blogging, my power sheets from Lara Casey, and also a notepad at the back from Emily, appropriately named ‘Brain Dump’.

When you work from home, you’re your own boss and it’s easy to become distracted, then slip into bad habits. It takes self motivation, commitment and discipline to work from home successfully.

I’m still very much on the journey, but what I have shared over the past few weeks have really helped me stay on track, curb loneliness and maintain my love of what I do. I believe that anyone can change their habits, be successful and make a living from home if they really want to! I hope this series has inspired you in some small way if you work from home!

Click to read: Part One: Gym | Part Two: Simple Pleasures | Part Three: Podcasts & Spotify

Is there something else I haven’t talked about that helps you stay on track when you’re working from home? I’d love to hear from you! I hope you’ve enjoyed little series xx

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My Essentials For Working From Home: Part 3

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Whenever I am editing wedding photographs or designing albums, I love listening to podcasts. They help me focus and get work done faster! It’s one of the reasons I love to edit photographs – I get to learn from some really wise and inspiring people while I work.

If I’m editing photographs or designing albums, I listen to either my favourite podcasts I’m subscribed to in iTunes or Spotify playlists. However, when I need to write emails or blog posts, I listen to either a lyrics-free playlist on Spotify, or simply switch on my noise cancelling headphones on, and listen to nothing!

I used to listen/watch videos on the side of my computer, but anything visual was way too distracting for me. I also ban myself from YouTube when I work, it’s the quickest way to kiss my day goodbye!

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Here are a few of my favourite podcasts at the moment:

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