As an freelance wellness entrepreneur I am gifted with the ability to work anywhere, and in any time zone. The majority of my research, cultivation, marketing and preparation is online which gives me freedom to create an office space in a sunny garden, a bustling cafe or my bed if I choose to. As my life has been primarily nomadic for the past 2 years, I rarely have the same working space for long. Over the multiple countries, here are some tips that help me to set a healthy working rhythm and increase productivity.
1. Set the tone: For many of us who work from home, it can consist of long days in our pajamas, in the comforts of the same place we eat, sleep and relax. Start your days with some sort of cleansing ritual (besides a face wash/teeth brush/shower) that can help you to feel like you are transitioning to begin your workday with an energized body and clear mind. I personally like to begin my day with lots of water and green juice for hydration, some sort of movement, and always take time for meditation and silence. Try your best to not open your phone or computer before you have taken the time for myself to wake up and find presence, even if it only a 10 minute routine on some days. As an entrepreneur, you are your own brand/business. Self-nourishment is key - when you feel loved, supported and taken care of, your productivity and potency increases, leading to more clients and financial benefits.
2. Set your space: Maintaining the focus and flow while working from home can be challenging with distractions from loved ones nearby, possibly a kitchen to cook in and a couch or bed to lounge in. Wherever you set up your work space, make sure that it is it's own sacred place within your home. Separating the place in your home where you work from and the areas where you relax can help to keep mental focus. If you don't have room to create your own private office space, then re-create that space with the same intention each day as you begin. For example, if you are working from your kitchen table, make sure it is clean without clutter and holds items that make you feel comfortable and inspired. I personally love to have candles burning, something from nature (fresh flowers, beach rocks), and a hydration station - my juice, tea/coffee, and water always available. Make sure your seat is aligned - sit up high on pillows (I personally sit cross legged so I prefer to sit on a blanket for comfort on the floor) and create an anterior tilt in the pelvis to encourage length beginning from the base of your spine. Know that your posture and body language directly has an impact on your perspectives - keep your heart high and a softness to your face while you spread your beautiful work with the world.
3. Set your rhythm: The hardest thing for anyone who absolutely is inspired and in love wth the work they do, is to know when to call it quits. It is so easy to push ourselves to send out that one last email thinking that it will help us to get ahead. Often when we over-work ourselves, the final work we do of the day is not at its highest capacity. Those are the times when we have typos or act on impulse. Give yourself a day by day (week or moth long) schedule and do your best to stick to it. Choose selected 'working hours' for each day that are reasonable and create lists of the most important tasks. Physically making lists (on post it's or a notebook) and crossing items off them is incredibly rewarding and creates a sense of accomplishment.
LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures. Read more about her here