notbobdylan said: From one work-from-home-creative-human, Besides being terrified of deadlines, how do you stay motivated to work everyday? How do you know when you've worked enough for the day? (aka PLEASE HELP ME STRUCTURE MY LIFE AND NOT GO INSANE)
Working from home is great and it is awful for the same reasons: you don’t ever wear pants (so you often forget to do laundry) and you never leave the house. Here are my tips for staying sane and actually getting work done:
1. When you’re having one of those unproductive days, leave the house. Even if it’s to run errands or walk around the block, it will make you feel “REFRESHED” enough to clear your mind and bring back the focus.
2. Find your happy place by changing up your environment. Try going to a coffee shop. Try working in your bedroom. Or on your couch. Work while watching tv. Then work with music. Then work with silence. Once you figure out where you get the most work done, let that be your office space. Me? It was Scarlett on the couch with shitty television blasting or complete silence.
3. Utilize your productive times by turning off the internet. I’m most productive before lunch and early evening. So I tend to keep only my gmail browser open (with chat turned off) and maximize my best hours by staying away from technology for those few hours.
4. Schedule, but be flexible with your schedule. When I’m working longer schedules, I keep a word doc on my desktop with tasks arranged by week. If I don’t get the work done? I edit the document and plan and change accordingly. Don’t obsess over soft deadlines, just make sure you are staying productive and not falling behind.
5. Ignore people who say stupid stuff like “you don’t have to go to work” because haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate
6. Keep a budget. Freelancing is hard, yo, and doesn’t always pay well. If you manage your money wisely, you’ll have one less thing to worry about during the week.
7. Stop working when you want to stop working. You absolutely know when your brain can no longer process any work. Sometimes that’s at 9pm. Sometimes it’s at 2pm. But let yourself put the work down when you know you are at the point that you will no way do any more writing that makes sense.
8. Keep a mild routine. Try to wake up at the same time. Take a shower when you are dirty, keep hygenic, and even put regular clothes sometimes. Eat lunch around the same time. Try to stop at the same time. Don’t let it become a free-for-all. Provide yourself some structure.
8a. Keep NO ROUTINE sometimes. If you are on a tight deadline, stay up as late as you need to. Sleep in. Refuse to take a shower for 3 days straight. Don’t feel guilty or slovenly when you are stressed out of your fucking mind and need to get a giant project done.
9. Eat your meals away from technology, even if it’s 5 minutes at your table shoveling a sandwich in your mouth.
10. Sometimes, you just gotta stay away from your fucking computer and your phone for a whole day. Take a break every once in a while: you deserve it, boss.
If you don’t strategically eat your food so that the last bites to go in your mouth are the tastiest look at your choices
*aggressively cares about you but doesn’t want to be clingy about it*
WHY YES I LOVE GETTING A FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY FUCKING DOLLAR PARKING TICKET AFTER THE MACHINE WOULDN’T LET ME PAY.