Working From Home 101: Keeping Organized

Working from home isn’t quite the walk in the park it seems; yes, I do get to lie-in when my cats have kept me up half the night, and I work in my pyjamas from the comfort of my couch most days with no-one to judge me except the postman when I open the door to deliveries, but it does have its downfalls too. Most days I work all day, and of course I take little breaks, but I’m usually on my laptop or packaging orders until 10-11pm, and it is a struggle sometimes to stay inspired and organised, so here’s my tips..

01. Keep a plan. This is the most important thing for me, and I find if I don’t I’m sat around half the day asking myself what I should do next. Sunday night I like to make a plan for the next week, and that involves what day I’ll be out stock buying, what days I’ll be listing said stock, and the days I’ll be writing up blog posts. Knowing what I should be doing helps me get to it a lot quicker without procrastinating.

02. Write everything down. Of course I occasionally forget things, and that’s where my extensive collection of notebooks comes in (or at least that’s what I tell myself). I always have notebooks on hand to record stock and expenses for my vintage shop, blog posts ideas, a ‘to-do’ pad, and a little pad for my handbag just incase I remember something whilst I’m out or inspiration strikes.

03. Make it pretty. Some of the parts of working from home, especially working for yourself, is dull – I’m looking at you, accounts. So make it pretty, if you want to slap some cute patterned tape on papers or make lists in nice notepads, if it means you’ll keep it to then just do it! I’m forever buying twine, stickers, even floral staplers, and I do feel it encourages me to do the most boring of tasks when I’d rather be watching Come Dine With Me repeats.

04. Create an inspiring space. Although I do sometimes work from my living room, I do get more done in my office. I’m surrounded by everything I need, and I’ve tried to create a practical but pretty desk space. I was kindly gifted some pieces from Viking Direct, including the Acrylic Desktop Organizer*. It helps being able to see everything I need and I also pop a few pretty things on there to brighten my day. I also love the Pastel Post-its*, and they have some great essentials like pins and paper clips too. I don’t know what it is but new stationery always encourages me to work and be more organized.

I hope some of these tips might help you or give you a few ideas! How do you keep organized?

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  1. April 27, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    These are great tips! I love your little working area, so cute! xxx

  2. Anonymous
    April 27, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    A beautiful space πŸ™‚ xx

  3. April 27, 2014 / 11:22 pm

    Such great tips, especially about keeping everything pretty. I keep myself organised with a pretty desk planner, a gorgeous diary which everything goes in and pretty posts it's for reminders. Must remember to decorate my accounts it might help to stop me avoiding them! xxx

  4. Anonymous
    April 28, 2014 / 4:36 am

    Loved this little peek at your desk. I totally agree, pretty stationary and desk accessories are the best motivators. πŸ˜‰ I love your Rifle Paper Co. stationary – they make the loveliest things!
    XO Camey

  5. April 28, 2014 / 10:17 am

    Great tips – I know from experience that working from home can be very tricky! I find it really helpful if you have a "working" space that is only for that keeps me focussed(ish)!

  6. April 28, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    What a sweet, splendidly pretty work environment you've created. I work from home, too, and was nodding vigorously in agreement with you throughout each of these great points.

    β™₯ Jessica

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