Monday, August 6, 2012

On working from home.

Love this clean, simple sewing room.
Lately, I've been working many more hours from home than outside the home, and I've picked up a few tips along the way that have made my work so much more efficient. I know I'll need these when I take maternity leave and am only working from home, so hopefully I'm creating some good habits now. Here they are, in no particular order... I hope it encourages some of you who are in the same shoes!

1. Schedule the day the night before. I love doing this. I typically write out my day in 30 minute to one hour increments and I find that if I'm able to cross off the to-do's as I go, I am so productive. My work feels purposeful, not aimless. I also add in little to-do's (like scheduling a dentist appointment) when I know I'll be in the car and have a few minutes to make the call. As a loose example:
7:00 to 8:00am: Eat breakfast, read the Word, get ready for the day.
8:00 to 8:30am: Return Etsy convos from overnight.
8:30 to 9:00am: Make Joann's & grocery list.
9:00 to 10:30am: Errands (Joann's, grocery). Schedule dentist appointment.
10:30 to 11:30am: Finish 1 Etsy order and package.  
2. Wake up at a decent hour, make the bed, and get dressed and ready for the day. This is highly important for me. If I stay in my pajamas all day, I'm not likely to get much done.

3. If you have errands to run, do them first thing. This is purely a personal preference, but I find that if I get out of the house early in the morning, I am generally more motivated to be productive the rest of the day.

4. Schedule time for rest. And people. If I don't have time for either of these, I feel exhausted and sad. I have to make sure I get a good dose of both somewhere in my day/week.

5. Take a Sabbath. This has been one of the hardest things for me, and yet so valuable. Sundays are our days to rest, and we don't work on orders or do anything work related for the entire day. It's difficult - especially when lots of customers are writing in with questions that could be easily answered. But we believe that honoring the Lord by not working is not only commanded in Scripture, but it goes rewarded. It's incredible how refreshed Shawn and I both feel on Monday mornings when Sundays have not involved work.


  1. I love the Sabbath commitment! I feel like in general as Americans, and with so much technology involved in our daily lives (getting those etsy convos on our phones), it is so hard to take a true Sabbath but SO rewarding if we do. Preach it girl ;)

  2. These are GREAT tips. Every now and then I work from home and I think scheduling the day is important. It's important even when I'm in the office. I get distracted easily.

  3. Great tips:) I agree with you completely especially on getting up and ready for the day-- daily scripture reading and keeping the sabbath day holy! All are so key to a happy life in my opinion :)

  4. Yes, yes, and yes. I've been reading your blog before but this is my first comment because I couldn't resist affirming these tips. I'm a graduate student and work mostly from home at my own schedule. Making a schedule the night before has made a HUGE difference for me. Sometimes I can convince myself I don't need one and I'm always wrong and I always regret it. Lately the Lord's been teaching me a lot about peace and for me a big part of what that means is scheduling time for rest and joy.

  5. it's cool that you've implemented a schedule, i need to do that for working from home, as is I'm just going morning to night, no real schedule, it's headache inducing