11 Tips For Working From Home by a Long-Term Freelancer

11 Tips For Working From Home by Catherine Summers, AKA Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 50 Lifestyle Blogger

After 10 years of full-time self-employment, I can safely say I’m someone who knows about working from home. And it’s not easy!

Just over 10 years ago I took voluntary redundancy from my managerial office job and, with much trepidation, started my freelance career as a full-time blogger. The professional blogging part was easy (I say “easy” – it was bloody hard work… I mean it came naturally to me), but it was the working from home bit that took A LOT of trial and error to get right.

Now that it’s well over three years since the pandemic first hit and many, many more people are WFH, I thought I’d share my tips for how to be productive surrounded by all your creature comforts.

Doesn’t mean I always get it right, but here’s to doing your best…!

 

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This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been updated.

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In order to work successfully – and productively – from home, you need to be REALLY disciplined and REALLY organised. And if you’re self-employed as well, REALLY determined to succeed (even if that determination takes years). I’ve been blogging for 12 years, and self-employed for all but two of those. I only started to earn what I’d call “a decent wage” about four years into self-employment.

I have, of course, just recently written about how the pandemic almost killed my career, but things are looking up and work is (thankfully) starting to come in regularly again.

Much of that is down to the fact that I’ve organised myself enough to be able to work as productively as possible whilst avoiding sleeping in, wearing my pyjamas all day and constant online window shopping.

A lot of people ask me whether I get distracted being at home but personally, I found working in an office much more distracting. I’m someone who likes to chat, so being with other people meant I stopped to chat – a lot. But on the other hand, I also like to knuckle down and get work done (when it suited me of course!), so being in an office with people who wanted to chat to me was incredibly frustrating at times.

So yes, I’m aware of the hypocrisy of that statement, but I didn’t say I was perfect!

I’m actually much happier when I’m on my own and can organise my time as I wish. I can do things when I want to do them and not have to chat because I can turn off my phone and close my email Inbox until I’m ready. I’m less distracted at home because chatting with people is my big distraction.

Luckily Suki* tends to sleep pretty much all day in between her walks and her food, so she’s somewhat lacking in conversation. (Doesn’t mean she’s not distracting just by lying there looking gorgeous and wanting cuddles, though.)

*This originally had Riley written where Suki’s name is… all I had to do was change the name. Sighthounds will be sighthounds…

But whatever your situation – whether you’re blogging full or part-time, freelancing and setting up an office in your own home, or able to work at home a few days a week away from the office – here are some tips that I hope will make your working from home a lot easier and more organised.

 

Great tips for working from home

1. Get a proper workspace

This is probably the most important thing you should do: create a dedicated working space. Apart from the fact that you’ll feel more “at work” when you have somewhere to call “your desk”, you’ll do long-term damage to your back and shoulders if you’re hunched over a laptop on the sofa or your bed. (I used the sofa for a month before we set up my new desk when we moved house – my shoulders and neck were killing me during that time.)

Make it as clutter-free as possible and decorate with real plants if possible (keeps the air clean too), good lighting and a proper ergonomic chair with lumbar support and adjustable back, height, etc. The more you can afford to spend on a chair, the better it’ll be for you – I worked for an office supplies company for 11 years and know all about cheap vs expensive office chairs. Sitting in a chair that looks pretty on Instagram but gives you serious spinal problems is a terrible idea: pretty pictures on the Gram aren’t worth chronic back pain.

If you HAVE to have a pretty chair or are strapped for cash, get yourself a lumbar support pillow to help your back with whatever chair you’re using. It’ll thank you for it.

 

2. Replace your commute with a walk to work

Go for a walk to replace your daily commute – you can then start work when you “arrive at the office” (i.e. get home). When I worked in an actual office I always used to go for a 20-minute walk at lunchtime, and before work too if I got there early enough. Getting out of the house before you start work not only wakes you up, but it gives you time to think before the day ahead. Then when you get home, that’s your “commute” done – you’ve arrived at work. Make a cup of tea and get started.

The great thing is it also means YOU HAVE TO GET DRESSED. Staying in your PJs all day is the joke that those who work from home can never seem to shake off – it’s easily done! But if your routine involves getting out of the house for half an hour first thing every morning, then you’re already up and dressed.

Unless you’re the type of person who’s happy to be seen in public and/or can be productive in your unicorn onesie and a pair of trainers. In which case you go for it ; )

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3. Routine is key (boring but true)

Working from home isn’t about eating cereal on the sofa and watching Homes Under the Hammer, doing whatever you want whenever you feel like it. I’ve been there, done that… you soon find time runs away with you and you get used to being unproductive. Endless bowls of muesli and daytime TV do not an empire make!

In the last six months or so I’ve taken on other jobs, one of which is being a carer for my elderly parents. The times I need to be there are ad hoc, so on one day I might be doing some shopping for them followed by taking (one of) them to a doctor’s appointments followed by kitchen clear-up, then a few hours’ housework on another day and then their washing another day.

The following week might be completely different as I’m often working around their appointments. However, I do try and stick to a routine within my week for the rest of my work IF at all possible.

If your work allows, do particular tasks on particular days. As a blogger I’m trying to stick to specific days for publishing posts (now Wednesdays and Saturdays I’ve decided). I’ll do accounts and admin catch-up on plus planning posts on my first day of the week at home, the next day is shooting photos and writing posts, etc.

It’s easy to lose track of what day of the week it is and it’ll have a knock-on effect in other areas of your life if you don’t have some sort of structure.

 

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how important it is to drink water: you’ll avoid headaches, improve alertness and concentration, get clearer skin, flush out toxins, keep weight off more easily, improve your mood, need I go on…?!

I have a large water bottle with time marker that I carry everywhere with me. And I mean everywhere. I never, ever leave the house without it. Popping to Tesco? Take my water bottle. Off to my parents’ place? Take my water bottle. Going for a walk? Take my water bottle. It sits on my desk next to me at all times.

It’s very, very easy to sit at a desk for hours without moving or drinking. Stay hydrated, stay hydrated, stay hydrated.

 

5. Move, move, move

So following on from no.4: you HAVE to get up and move regularly. It’s been proven that sitting all day and not moving will have detrimental effects on your health (I read a health report somewhere that said “Sitting is the new smoking”, yikes), so set hourly alarms to make sure you move regularly. My Fitbit is brilliant – it buzzes and tells me when I haven’t done enough steps that hour and I have 10 minutes to get up and move my lazy arse.

Staring at a screen too long will also affect your sight, giving you dry eyes (we blink less when staring at a screen) and “digital eye strain” which is known to cause headaches, blurred vision and even shoulder pain (this is turning out to be a happy post, isn’t it?).

If you’re working at a screen, look at things in the distance regularly. Your eyes need to work at looking at things near and far, not just at a fixed, close distance like your phone or laptop.

So get up and move, don’t look at your phone, and look at something long distance. Or go for that lunchtime walk I mentioned.

 

6. Set particular times for reading and replying to emails

If you don’t set times for emails, you’ll find yourself getting distracted when you’re meant to be doing other tasks (or trying to meet deadlines), especially if you have notifications come up on your phone and/or desktop.

Close your email tab and only open it at your allotted times. If you think it will help, set up an auto-reply that explains that you only look at your emails at X time of day so people know when you might be getting back to them. I find that if I don’t attend to my Inbox in “chunks” of time, my tasks get chopped up all over the place because I keep looking at emails that pop up when I’m meant to be working on something else.

 

7. Stop for lunch

Taking a lunch break doesn’t just mean grabbing something to eat whilst barely leaving your laptop – it means STOP working, and EAT.

It’s important to eat as well as rest during the day, so step away from your screen (your phone too) and grab something healthy to eat. I sometimes watch one episode of a box set during my lunch hour – it forces you to relax and take your mind off work and deadlines.

I’ll often make up a huge salad – several days’ worth – at the beginning of the week and then add protein with each serving, e.g. cooked chicken, boiled eggs or a tin of tuna. Don’t forget nuts for flavour and extra protein. Forget boring lettuce, tomato and cucumber, here’s a list of typical ingredients I’ll use to make a basic salad (chop bigger things up into slices or, as I prefer, cubes):

Sweetcorn
Chickpeas
Gherkins
Mangetout/sugar snap peas
Edamame beans
Carrots
Cucumber
Courgette
Baby tomatoes
Peppers
Water chestnuts
Grapes
Nectarines or peaches
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Cashew nuts
Almonds
Walnuts
Giant cous cous (my favourite) or cous cous
Bulgur wheat
Pearl barley
Quinoa
Avocado (I add this fresh before serving)

 

8. Don’t let friends and family drop by or call

Make sure friends and family know what days and times they can call you – and not just drop by. It’s easy to feel like you’re being rude if you want to tell them not to pop in for 10 minutes for a cuppa (especially when 10 minutes turns into an hour or two), but they’ll respect the fact that you’re “at the office” if you explain it to them.

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The last thing you want is to be entertaining people when your head’s going crazy wishing they’d go because you have a deadline that’s coming up. It’ll set you up for a very unproductive rest of the day and probably have a knock-on effect on your evening and family time… no one wants that!

 

9. Ensure you communicate with your colleagues

Despite what I said above, it’s really important not to let yourself get isolated. Social media can be a great way to stay connected to people, but it’s all too easy to get distracted by videos of baby hedgehogs and funny memes. As a blogger, I’d recommend a WhatsApp group for a small group of your closest online friends (content creators). If you have a work question there’s bound to be someone who can answer your question straight away, or give advice if you’re trying to negotiate terms with a brand, for example.

If you think you don’t have a group of close friends – make one. I did exactly this about a year ago (it may well be longer) by contacting about 15-20 like-minded content creators on Instagram who I follow and engaged with and invited them to a WhatsApp group. Some I’d met IRL before, some I hadn’t, but they were all people I felt I had a connection with. They didn’t necessarily all know each other, but for those who came into the group and stuck around (about eight of us) that’s now changed. We regularly message about anything from “Does anyone understand the new Google Analytics 4?” [face palm/eye roll] to “What do you think of this reel before I publish it?”.

This group is invaluable to me, and I’m sure the ladies who chat in the group would also say the same.

Depending on your line of work – and especially if you’re a freelancer rather than an employee working at home away from the office – it may be more tricky to find a group of “colleagues” to connect with. Consider local business networking groups, or even just working from a local coffee shop one afternoon a week. The feeling of being surrounded by people, even if you’re not communicating with them directly, can be enough to stop those feelings of isolation.

So if you find yourself typing All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy over and over again, you might want to get yourself out of the house and talk to people…!

 

10. Minimise distractions when meeting deadlines

If you’re trying to meet a deadline, switch your phone to Do Not Disturb and/or close all tabs on your desktop except the one you’re working on. THIS is the thing that stops me from being super productive – looking at other tabs and getting distracted by online shopping, TikTok videos, messages from friends, news feeds, etc. is my worst vice. I don’t even realise I’m doing it – I’ll look something up and before I know it, one thread has led to another and I’ll be led down the most enormous internet rabbit hole you’ve ever seen.

Do what I do, and close all the tabs except the one you’re working on. If you HAVE to look something up, look it up on your phone and close it straight away.

If you can’t close the tabs yet – and if you’re like me, I always have a TON of tabs open for anything from blogging articles I’ve yet to read to a shopping basket ready to buy, use the (very useful) Onetab app to convert all of your tabs into a list on one single tab you can access at any time.

 

11. Organise tomorrow today

Ever heard of the Ivy Lee method? It’s very simple and is almost guaranteed to increase your productivity and help you organise every working day. (In fact it doesn’t only work for working from home days, it also works for days off when you have a ton of jobs to do.)

The Ivy Lee method is this: At the end of each working day, write down your six most important tasks to accomplish the following day in order of importance. The next day, begin working on the tasks one at a time. Any that you don’t finish can be transferred to the following day’s list.

It may be tempting to put more than six – who else has To-Do lists that are always a mile long?! [me] – but more than six means your tasks look overwhelming. If you finish them early you can simply write a new list, and work through those next six. Though I can’t remember a time I’ve ever done all the tasks and needed to write a new list.

 

Do you have any great tips for working from home that you want to share? Tell me in the comments!

 

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Oops, time to get out the house methinks…

Thanks for reading,

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  1. 29 September 2023 / 4:58 pm

    Great tips, and practical, too. I work from home – have for about 5 years – and find that getting up to move around, stretch, etc, about every hour to ninety minutes is critical. Stopping for a proper lunch and staying hydrated are also essentials.

  2. Beverley
    18 September 2023 / 10:04 pm

    I use pomodoro videos on YouTube. They help me to concentrate and also to get up and stretch my legs regularly. I also work in a space with no pictures or books. Well the bookshelf is behind me so I can’t get distracted by my lovely books. Good tip about hydration – I never drink enough and I have a dreadful complexion.

    • Catherine
      Author
      19 September 2023 / 2:38 pm

      I’ve just looked up pomodoro videos Beverley… I like the sound of those, I think I’ll try them! Breaking up my too-long chunks of working time is important and something I need to address, so thank you for the tip! x

  3. Lynn Jones
    7 September 2023 / 3:59 pm

    Oh, chatting in the office? Absolutely not lost hours through that distraction at all 😉

    After the quiet of home working, I wonder how I ever managed to do anything in an open plan office! It’s just so noisy and r near constant distraction plays havoc with my mental state.

    Love greyhounds <3 Ours do love an early walk – or indeed a walk at anytime! I guess, just enough to mix in with a faux commute (or pre/post school run). It gets them and you outside too.

    Some brilliant suggestions and tips in this post, so thank you. The work desk is a must, yes. A yoga ball can be good if you want to keep moving and those breaks aren't just good for your body. Taking time to be away from the screen is good for your brain (and eyes) too.

    For me, I love a note board with columns for to do, doing, urgent, and done. At least I can see progress, as the PostIts move across. If digital is more your thing: Microsoft Planner or Trello.

    Oh, and for messaging: Signal if you want secure messages and don't want to be part of InstaTwitbookfacegramX 😉

    • Catherine
      Author
      19 September 2023 / 2:35 pm

      I’m with you on the distraction thing in an office, Lynn!! Chatting was my nemesis 😉

      Your greyhound loving an early walk kinda shocks me a bit compared to what Suki’s like… she’s lazy even for a grey: she’d sleep in till noon if we didn’t get up, and if I even TRY to walk her before 11am she looks at me as if I’m crazy. I get proper stink eye if I dare disturb her sleeping-in time, lol! Even if I manage to get her outside she’ll often stop right outside the house and decide that NOPE, the wind is in the wrong direction/it’s 2 degrees too warm or cold/there’s a smell outside she doesn’t like/oh god she just saw a van in the driveway and now she’s having a panic on – so back inside we go. There’s ZERO changing her mind when any of those things happen, and they happen regularly, aaaargh!

      I do love your suggestions for the To-Do list, I must check those out. Trello is one of those things I’ve often heard people say they use so maybe it’ll work for me. That said, I do love a good old-fashioned notepad for my To-do list that I just cross off as I go along…!

      C x

  4. 7 September 2023 / 9:19 am

    Great tips Catherine, thanks for sharing them. Jacqui x

    • Catherine
      Author
      7 September 2023 / 2:48 pm

      Pleasure Jacqui – thank you! x

  5. 6 September 2023 / 6:05 pm

    Such great advice here, Catherine! I’m guilty of having so many tabs open, not taking enough breaks and not drinking enough water! But I am getting better…slowly. I recently bought myself a Varrier kneeling stool which is brilliant!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 September 2023 / 6:53 pm

      I STILL have too many tabs open, Suzy – I always use the OneTab to tidy them up but somehow I build up a good collection of them very quickly LOL 😉

      The knee stool sounds great – my mum always used to use one for her sewing room, she swore by it! x

  6. Liz P.
    6 September 2023 / 4:17 pm

    Thanks for updating this article. I remember the first one and wistfully dreaming of working from home some day! They say every cloud has a silver lining, well the silver lining of 2020 was all of a sudden working from home and now I do permanently!!! Yay!!! I used to imagine that I would have lunch at restaurants in my neighborhood, use the gym in my building, swim in the pool, walk on the pier, hang out in coffee shops, etc. In the past three years, I have barely done any of these things! I need to work on getting out of the house for short breaks. My only tip is I still get up at 5 am and make coffee. Instead of getting ready for work I use that time to get all the online window shopping out of the way, watch YouTube videos, read blogs, etc., so from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm I am focused on work. I’m writing this from my balcony with the rush of traffic on the boulevard below. I am so glad to WFH! I need to make a fresh start though and implement your advice, particularly to have more of a work week schedule so when I am working it doesn’t crossover into my homelife. I need to adopt more of a work day /office mindset.

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 September 2023 / 6:58 pm

      Oh wow Liz how wonderful for you – there’s a word for that but I can’t think of it… kind of ironic as I’m currently writing a blog post about brain fog and losing my vocabulary!!! Not karma, or kismet, why do I think it begins with K, maybe it doesn’t – anyway I’m sure you know what I mean!

      I’m a terrible morning person so I could never be a 5am getter upper: 7:15am is my get-up time. I’m very envious that you can!! You’ve painted a wonderful picture of you writing on your balcony, it sounds absolutely idyllic – good for you 😀

  7. 7 March 2019 / 7:48 am

    I know I would struggle working from home all of the time! I would miss the social aspect of my current job for sure! I’d probably have to rent a space away from the house to actually work because I’d end up distracted and undoubtedly, eating all the biscuits in the tin before lunch time haha! I admire anyone who can make working from home work so well though, and I admire your discipline!

    Sarah

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks Sarah… I guess it depends what distracts you the most, and for me I’m distracted by people the most, lol!!

  8. 5 March 2019 / 9:34 pm

    Hi, Catherine
    This is so great to share what you’ learned about working from home! I’ve begun doing a lot of these, but there’s always something new to add. I’ve been thinking about running out to the gym first thing in the morning, but haven’t done it! So maybe a walk will be easier and get me going. I find the time involved in serious blogging really keeps me from getting enough exercise! Thanks for this brilliant and engaging post
    Angie

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:03 pm

      Exercise is something that’s VERY easy to lose sight of when blogging, Angie… I cannot do cardio-style exercise in the morning (I’m an evening exerciser) but the brisk walk does it for me. I still come back totally out of breath – I’m sure it’ll work for you if you try it!

  9. Jessica
    5 March 2019 / 4:14 pm

    These tips are Soooo good! Thanks for sharing! I’m struggling to work at home right now. I’m also a stay at home mom so juggling watching the baby while trying to do work is hard for me as well.
    ~Jessica

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks Jessica – I’m sure that juggling a baby as well is really hard!! I’m sure you’ve had to get creative with your time and schedule to fit everything in…!

  10. 5 March 2019 / 1:12 pm

    Thanks for the tips, Catherine. I wish I could discipline myself to allocate specific times to answering comments , I must be the world’s worst!or
    Hugs, Mary.

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks Mary – yes I always set aside a time for comments (leaving and answering). Doing things in blocks really helps!

  11. 4 March 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing these great work from home tips!
    Need to write them down.

    xo, Joling

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks Joling!

  12. Sue
    1 March 2019 / 11:11 pm

    Thanks for this, some really good ideas. Love the idea of the walk to work for two reasons, both getting dressed and framing the day. Thank you. Love the shorter hair too.

    • catherine
      Author
      4 March 2019 / 6:12 pm

      The walk REALLY works, Sue! thank you xx

  13. 1 March 2019 / 10:50 pm

    Don’t lie, you still send the cute hedgehogs via our work WhatsApp!

    • catherine
      Author
      4 March 2019 / 6:12 pm

      Hehe I didn’t say I was perfect!!!!!! 😉

  14. 1 March 2019 / 10:08 pm

    I am WAY more productive when I work from home—as a writer, I want to strangle whomever came up with open-floorplan offices. But I agree, it’s important to stay hydrated and move around!
    Cheryl Shops

    • catherine
      Author
      4 March 2019 / 6:21 pm

      I know what you mean about the open floorplan office, Cheryl… I’ve not worked in one BUT I can imagine I’d be chatting non-stop!!

  15. 1 March 2019 / 7:59 pm

    Thanks for these great tips, Catherine. I especially like the OneTab app and the idea of generating a list at the end of each day. I do get SO distracted by all the things on my computer!! Great post!

    xx Darlene

    • catherine
      Author
      4 March 2019 / 6:21 pm

      The OneTab app is a lifesaver, Darlene! Thank you x

  16. 1 March 2019 / 7:44 pm

    Very nice tips and I know I couldn’t do it. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

    • catherine
      Author
      4 March 2019 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you Patrick…!

    • catherine
      Author
      4 March 2019 / 6:22 pm

      Thanks Julie – I can imagine it’s VERY hard with kids about. Your own space would be so important in that scenario! x

  17. 1 March 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Great tips. In my previous job I was home based, which presents different challenges because you often feel obliged to start work early and then finish late when your US colleagues are still working. In my new job I work from home a couple of days a week and I use these days for any late meetings with colleagues, rather than when I’m in the office (with a long commute ahead) so that I don’t get home too late.

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:06 pm

      I’m glad to hear you schedule your time to suit you, Gail… studies prove that employees who are in charge of their own schedule are far more productive!!

  18. 1 March 2019 / 11:09 am

    Catherine, these are such great tips! I love the replace your commute with a walk tip. So important. And routine…Oh I am such a creature of routine and I get super irritated when my routine is disrupted…but you also need to be able to go with the flow when life interrupts your routine.I am learning! Now how do I get this teeny tiny little blog of mine to a livable wage?! Ha. I know, I know, persistence and hard work! Thanks for sharing these fantastic tips!

    Shelbee

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you Shelbee, glad you liked the tips! I’m definitely not perfect when it comes to a routine, but I KNOW I need to stick to it as much as possible to be as productive as I can be!

  19. 1 March 2019 / 10:33 am

    Great article. I work from home as a copywriter so home working tips are always welcome. I’ve shared to my social media accounts too.

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:08 pm

      Fi that’s so kind of you – thank you!!!!

  20. 1 March 2019 / 4:22 am

    Your post is very helpful and informative, as always. Have a great weekend

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:08 pm

      Anna thank you!! x

  21. 28 February 2019 / 6:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing some good and practical points. I class myself as a hobby blogger and find myself easily distracted when other bloggers emails come in. Love – Jill x

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:08 pm

      Haha any sort of contact from other people is what distracts me the most, Jill – I know exactly where you’re coming from!!

  22. 28 February 2019 / 6:36 pm

    Super tips, I can’t remember not working from home now. I find if I do exercise or go to the gym first thing , it sets me up for the day and I’m far more productive. We’ll have to add one another on FitBit x

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:09 pm

      I’m addicted to my Fitbit, Vicki – I bet you are, too…?!!

  23. 28 February 2019 / 6:28 pm

    I love the comment about staying hydrated too. It’s easy to get so involved in our tasks that we forget this.
    I’m the worst at trying to multi task…I always feel like I want to get things done all at once. I may have to try that Onetab app.
    OXOX
    Jodie

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:10 pm

      I’m TERRIBLE at remembering to drink, Jodie!! I think I just don’t notice how fast time flies by, hence my Fitbit buzzing me working so well x

  24. 28 February 2019 / 6:18 pm

    A great collection of tips!
    I’m still working two part time jobs, so when I have my two “free days” I really need to focus to get stuff done (ANY kind of stuff!)
    I will definitely start implementing some. I sense a FitBit in my near future (finally).

    Two things I’ve found to help when I need to hunker down and concentrate when working on digital stuff are 1) like you, close all extra windows, and 2) play new agey drone music like Terry Riley — there’s a YouTube of one of his concerts that goes on for an hour, so it stays in a good long undistracting groove. At this point, I’ve probably trained myself that Terry Riley = GET TO WORK. Haha.

  25. 28 February 2019 / 4:54 pm

    Really helpful tips Catherine, i love the Whatsapp idea, so may try to get that one sorted.
    Thanks for sharing Hun.
    Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:16 pm

      The Whatsapp group for blogging is a game changer, Jacqui!! Do it asap! x

  26. 28 February 2019 / 4:38 pm

    Trying to convince family you’re not available to chat is the hardest thing to do!
    I totally agree with writing your list for the next day, the evening before. I’m much more relaxed at night knowing that I’ve the next day planned and sorted!
    Thanks for hosting 🙂
    Helen x

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:18 pm

      Thankfully my family are very understanding, Helen… it’s so important to make sure they know not to drop by right from the beginning!

  27. 28 February 2019 / 4:02 pm

    My dogs are a constant distraction but I actually think thats good for me – getting up for them gets me moving. I love a list and I think it’s the reason I can get started early each day despite my brain fog. Working at home though means I eat a whole lot more – it’s just to easy! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:20 pm

      Dogs are ALWAYS a good distraction, Maria!! 😉 Though I need to do something about my tendency to sit and stare at Riley sleeping, he’s just too gorgeous! x

  28. 28 February 2019 / 3:42 pm

    Well you are being a distraction now as I’ve stopped work mid afternoon to read you. I will pop back later for a more thorough read. Thank you. Must head to a meeting now.:)

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:21 pm

      Hehe Anna I’m so sorry…!!!! 😉

    • catherine
      Author
      18 March 2019 / 3:22 pm

      That’s so kind, thank you Martina x

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