Sunday, September 2, 2018

How To Work From Home Like A (Girl)Boss.



I am not quite sure if I qualify as a 'work from home' woman but I am a student who also happens to be a Blogger and Instagrammer. So I spend about one to two days a week at University and the rest of the time I work from home. Regardless if I fit this category or not, I think I have done this long enough to give you my personal tips and tricks on how to work from home like a (girl)boss. 



Schedule
This is probably one of the most important points I want to make today. Scheduling and planning your days in advance are so vital. Of course, you need to be organized when working in an office or any other job as well. But the difference is that other people, like your boss, are most likely keeping you accountable. But if you work from home, most of the time you are your own boss. So schedule everything in your day beforehand. I love to sit down on Sundays and plan my week ahead. Not only the work things I have to do but also my private life tasks.. like cleaning or getting groceries. And don't just write a to-do list for each day. Try to also schedule when exactly you are planning to do something. This is a little example:

      Monday

  • 8-9am E-Mails
  • 9-12am Uni assignments
  • 12am-1pm Lunch
  • 1pm-4pm Working on blog posts
  • 5pm get groceries 
  • 7pm gym 

Get dressed
I know it's tempting to live in your dressing gown all day as no one, besides the delivery guy, will see you anyway but trust me.. getting properly dressed for the day makes such a difference to your mindset. Of course, I don't put on heels or do a full face of makeup on days where I am completely working from home. But putting on a cute and comfortable dress or sometimes even gym clothes and putting on a bit of makeup makes me feel so much better and I bet it will do the same to you. 

Snacks 
If you work from home you will probably find yourself checking the fridge every other hour just to see if something new magically appeared. This is my go-to procrastination technique and it way too often leads to me having cereal for lunch.. and dinner. So be prepared. Get yourself some healthy snacks and try not to have too many naughty things in the house. One of my go-to snacks are my energy balls. You find the recipe for them here.


Be prepared to explain
'But, do you really work?' is a question you will get all the time when you work from home. People probably imagine you laying in your bed all day binging Netflix and I can see where they are coming from. When you work from somewhere which is physically away from your home this becomes the 'work zone' and home is the 'relaxing zone'. The truth is you can get the exact same amount of work done from wherever you decide to work. It's all about scheduling and planning smart. So don't get insulted when you hear these questions and just try to see it from their perspective. 

Set Boundaries
One thing I am really passionate about is setting boundaries. And I think it's not necessarily only people who work from home that struggle with this. But it definitely doesn't help when your work-life happens in the same place as your personal-life. You don't want to know how many times I got an E-Mail notification at 9pm while watching a movie with my boyfriend and 'quickly' responding to it. And there is absolutely no reason why it couldn't wait until the next morning. So setting boundaries and specific 'work' and 'play' times is vital. For your own mental health and also for the relationship with people around you.

x Lisa
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  1. Das habe ich schon sehr oft gelesen, dass man sich etwas hübsches anziehen soll und sich auch zurecht macht, weil man sich dann anders fühlt :-*

    viele liebe Grüße
    Melanie / Goldzeitblog

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  2. Yees!! When I started my masters degree I also started to spend more time at home but with loads of work to do. Scheduling everything and getting dressed is the best!
    I also like to go out and grab coffee at my local café. I never spend more than 30 minutes there but when I get more I am super prepared to what goes ahead of me!

    Working from home sometimes is harder than what it seems!
    wishing you all the best,
    Randomlydi

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      x Lisa

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  3. Getting dresse is important for me because when I dress up I know that I need to start being more productive
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  4. Amazing blogpost! All of these posts are very accurate yet realistic and you actually can see them through. The bit about checking the fridge all the time to see if SOMETHING appeared is so relatable I had to laugh haha. And yes, I agree, spending some time to get ready in the morning, even if nobody will see you, does wonders for your productivity!

    xx Janine
    https://walkinmysneaks.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's so funny to read that I am not the only one checking the fridge constantly haha

      x Lisa

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  5. Fab inspirations!
    kiss
    Chiara - http://shesinfashionblog.com

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  6. I think getting dressed, like you said, is a major point. I find that when I sit at home in my bed, not dressed, then I find it super hard to be productive, I end up feeling super lazy. I also find working a few hours somewhere like a cafe to help a lot!

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  7. I can totally resonate with this post since I'm someone who works from home as well. Setting boundaries with your personal life and work life is especially important when you're a freelancer or else things can get muddled. I usually don't dress up when I work from home, but maybe that is something I should try now.

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    1. Definitely try it girl.. a game changer for me!

      x Lisa

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  8. Your schedule looks very logical and efficient. The entry on snacks made me laugh. I have done that innumerable times. I checked out your energy ball recipe - sounds yummy!!!
    I confess to getting carried away binge-watching NetFlix when something I likes gets added there - and to not getting completely dressed until I absolutely have to - and to being lazy.
    I really do like your well structured plan.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Means the world!

      x Lisa

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  9. I loved reading your posts because I work from home ! Amazing pictures by the way !

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  10. JUST CAME THROUGH YOUR BLOG AND LOVE THE ESSENCE OF IT. THE PICTURES ARE SO WELL SHOT. LOVED IT

    GOOD WISHES ALL THE WAY FROM KATHMANDU <3
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    xx

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      x Lisa

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  11. Having a routine and a structure to my day definitely helps me to be more productive and focus better! Working from home comes with all the distractions so knowing what I'm doing day in day out really does help. Fab tips xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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  12. Great schedule. Love your tips you are right I also work from home which I love but I work around my life. I work 7 days but if something comes up I stop have fun and back to work I must find more time to relax normally I try to do that once a week for a few hours just to recharge. Thanks for the tips babe xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com/2018/08/my-life-my-style-my-adventure.html

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  13. Working from home can be even more tiring than working in a workplace because as you said you have to fix boundaries! This entire post is very on point and useful =)

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion and beauty blog

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    1. So happy you found it useful lovely!

      x Lisa

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  14. Your schedule is very similar to mine! I agree and setting boundaries is so important!

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  15. Really good points here!
    I especially agree with scheduling when working from home. It's so easy to ignore and forget about tasks if you just sit down in the morning and think "so, what do I feel like doing right now?". Planning is the key ;)

    Teresa | outlandishblog.com

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  16. Amazing post :)

    www.brooklynglam.com

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  17. You have a great plan there! I work pretty much all day long answering emails and even at lunch break I am scrolling through my phone! I am so bad at this, haha
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbees.com/

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  18. These are good tips! I work from home once a week and I find having a schedule or plan for the day really helps me stay on task - I email my team each morning with my goals for the day so they know what I'm working on too!

    I hope that you are having a nice start to your week so far! It's a little colder here after a warm weekend but the rain is welcome :)

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    1. Ahhh this is such a great idea!

      x Lisa

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  19. Yess! So many good tips!
    xoxo Erika
    www.blog.erikacarlock.com

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  20. This is such a lovely guide dear! I couldn't agree mo on your tips, especially on setting boundaries. It can be quite hard when you work at home, but keeping boundaries will actually keep you motivated in working at home.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you so much Jessica!

      x Lisa

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  21. I'll start working from home this month so this post couldn't come at a best time! xx

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  22. I agree about getting properly dressed for the day; although my compromise is usually comfortable loungewear haha - appropriate for both feeling as though I can get stuff done, as well as being okay to open the door in, haha!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Haha this is a great compromise!

      x Lisa

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  23. Such a great post! Love all tips, to plan your routine in advance is so important! Have a beautiful day, girl!!!
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      x Lisa

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  24. Absolutely stunning photos!Great blog post. Thanks for sharing babe!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

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  25. Hello,

    Oh, amazing !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr

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  26. You definitely fit the category girl! To work efficiently from home, scheduling as well as getting dressed are two of my top tips. I am a teacher, but I work even out of school as I plan my lessons at home of course. It takes a lot of discipline to work from home, but it has its perks too - snacks and coffee whenever you feel like it! haha :)

    Julia x
    Last Post: The Best Tips for Curly Hair | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.com/2018/09/beauty-best-tips-for-curly-hair.html

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  27. I absolutely loved reading this, I have just come across your blog now and it is honestly so beautifully laid out! I have to admit, the scheduling side of working from home is a massive help as you definitely feel more prepped for what you need to get done at different times. Also, loving the part about snacking, I completely get where you're coming from, Cheerios just taste better in the middle of the day! Haha :)
    Love, Kate x

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    1. Oh you made my day! Thank you Kate!

      x Lisa

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  28. Its so true that when you work from home you find yourself constantly eating! To avoid this I just make sure I have healthy food in the house because I know I'm too lazy to walk to the shop to buy chocolate, haha!
    Chloe X http://chloelxuise.com

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  29. Brilliant post here Lisa! I agree with everything you said and these are great tips for people out there. I used to be an office worker before, but ever since I switched to freelance work, I started getting similar questions. Here's what I think: we live in the 21st century and as a millennial you don't have to sit behind the desk all day to make a living. Secondly, you don't owe anyone an explanation (especially if someone doesn't get the concept of working anywhere else besides the office). Girlbosses don't have time to deliberate. We're too busy being productive xx

    Naya
    www.partyparrotblog.com

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      x Lisa

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  30. These are just fantastic working from home tips! Hoe you're having a great week!

    www.jessicabroyles.com

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  31. These are all such great tips for working from home and being productive! I love the idea of not only keeping a to-do list but scheduling when you'll do each task. I'm going to start giving that a try!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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      x Lisa

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  32. This is such an important post!
    Seriously great tips too ✨

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  33. This is such a great post Lisa, rules to live by when you work at home - FOR SURE - especially the "get dressed one" the temptation to stay in relaxed loungwear is REAL, but I am always so much more productive when I'm properly attired!!

    Rebecca | www.peppermintdolly.com

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  34. I work from home most of the time and scheduling is so important to me. I'm most productive in the mornings and get most done if I start early and properly sit at my desk.
    ❤︎

    www.elenaisabelle.com

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  35. I couldn't agree more with all of these points! Especially about snacking, because I always feel hungry when I'm at home!

    Jodie // jodieloue.com

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  36. Yeah when I work from home my one issue is actually getting dressed. I always shower but actually putting on jeans and makeup is such an effort!! I do like being able to go to the gym though during my lunch break if I work at home, I think it just breaks up the day a little bit! Oh and snacks. Yes. xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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      x Lisa

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  37. Thanks for sharing these tips! Working from home is working even though people sometimes don't see it that way xxx
    http://fallingforablog.blogspot.com/2018/09/4-trends-for-new-season.html

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  38. So so so so accurate! Loved these tips, girlie! Definitely a girlboss x

    Hannah [ stained tale ]

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  39. Great tips I know for me having a clear workspace and a to do list can do wonders for my productivity! Thank you for sharing Lisa, hope you have a great weekend xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  40. Great tips love :) It's easy to get distracted, but working from home is such a luxury and so convenient.

    xx
    Erica

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  41. Ahhh working from home is my dream! Maybe someday!!

    -Emily | www.TheEmilyEdition.com

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  42. Great points! I totally agree with making a good schedule and wearing a cute outfit and wearing a bit of makeup because it always puts me in a good mood no matter what I'm doing!

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  43. It is so important to create some kind of routine and stick to it!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk

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  44. This is nice, I like the way everything is put together
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  45. I feel like you are talking directly to me in this post! I am currently sat on the sofa wearing my pjs and no makeup! I honestly don't know if I would be disciplined enough to work from home! I definitely need to start setting boundaries in the evenings too as I don't feel like I spend quality time.

    Jaz x | https://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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  46. These are great tips. I totally get caught up in the stay in my night clothes all day (eek, so gulity). I've set my boundaries for work and play and I must say my Partner, is a lot happier with that. Oh goodness the snacking is unreal, energy balls are great. Thanks for the tips
    : ) xo

    www.juanitalikes.com

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    1. Totally relate girl! All the snacking!

      x Lisa

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  47. I definitely find that I'm a morning person so the earlier I wake up the more productive I am. I love starting my day doing lots of blog admin followed by writing blog posts / photos, followed by light editing as I watch movies. x

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  48. Love these tips! Definitely need to set a schedule and eat healthy snacks - so easy to get distracted!

    Ashleigh x
    www.ashleighdmello.com

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  49. Awesome post! I work from home on Fridays, plus every day for my blog! I think having a schedule definitely helps, and I definitely agree with the importance of setting boundaries!
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  50. I love this concept! Working from home for me is either a whole lot of nothing, or spending my entire day working! There is no in between. Definitely taking some tips from your blog post!

    xxF

    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

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  51. It's so hard to set work hours for yourself when you work from home and/or for yourself! It's important to remember that work is not life, and to set time for your friends and family.

    <3 Andrea
    www.thebeautydojo.com

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  52. I work from home - I need more of a set schedule x

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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Thank you! xx