The creative process can sometimes be tricky. With a hundred things around offering diversion and distraction, it is easy to set up a goal only to find yourself still checking Facebook statuses 4 hours later. When it is time for me to work at home, and I feel like I am having a hard time getting it together, there are some simple things I do that help me first relax, and then get the job done.
Here are 5 simple steps that you can try to help keep you focused:
I know it sounds strange, but I am not one of those work from home people who can do it in my flannel robe. I need to play the part. So when it is time to get cracking on a new project, or brainstorm ideas on raising money for this one, I start by taking a shower, trimming my beard and getting dressed. No three piece suit, but at least pants and a shirt as opposed to my shorts and tee.
I may do a few laps on the treadmill if I am really stuck or even some jumping jacks. Boosting your metabolism and increasing blood flow works on the brain too. Some of my best ideas were born as I was walking for miles on my treadmill.
Burn the Candle at Both Ends
I light candles when I work, but not regular candles. I use those that have been infused with a lavender essential oil. I also have an essential oil diffuser that I keep filled with lavender and an essential oil diffuser necklace that I wear. The scent works on my senses, to keep me vibrant and allow fresh ideas to flow. It may seem odd, but if you find the right scent to work for you, you may be able to get much more accomplished than you are used to.
Turn off the Distractions
All of my gizmos and gadgets, including my cell are on off mode. The browser is not permitted to open Facebook, Twitter or even my email account. Have you ever noticed how interesting spam mail gets when you don’t want to do any work? This is the only way I can find to make sure that I don’t get lost in endless rounds of Words With Friends.
One last trick I have is to read something that is relevant to what I am doing. Not so that I can copy other’s ideas, but so that my mind because to churn ideas of its own. If I can’t seem to wrap my head around a problem, reading about something slightly related will usually turn on the lightbulb for me.
Feel free to try any or all of my tricks to getting used to working from home. The hardest part is removing your mind from the house part, and placing it into work mode. Once you establish a set routine though, this will come much easier for you.