5 Ways to Stay Sane When Working from Home

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As a Zazzle store owner, sometimes designing and promoting your products can get a bit overwhelming, especially when you’re working from home. With distractions like the fridge and laundry around, it’s not always easy to stay focused. Today we’ll share five tips that will help you keep your sanity and stay productive.

1. Set goals

Setting long and short-term goals will keep you motivated and focused on reaching your end vision.  Sometimes it helps to define your high level goals first, and then work backwards to identify the milestones you’ll need to hit on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis to reach these goals.

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2. Create a daily work schedule

Making a daily work schedule can help you keep your work and personal life balanced. Make a schedule for yourself and write down  how much time you would like to spend on each activity for that day. Do you want to spend 4 hours on designing and 4 hours on building and sharing links? Are there any important site or blog updates that you need to carve out time for? Did you plan for all of this year’s holidays? Are there any current events you need to revise your schedule for?  Along with planning out your schedule, it’s also helpful to have a set end time for your workday so you don’t run over into your family time.

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3.  Have a designated work area

Having a designated work area is key to staying focused. There are plenty of distractions at home like the television and the dishes — and those snacks in the cabinet aren’t going to eat themselves. Therefore, it’s important to have an office or desk that is specifically allocated for your work time. Create an environment that works best for you and take factors like  lighting, space, and distraction levels into consideration.

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4.  Take breaks

Taking breaks can help improve your productivity. Breaks let you reflect on what you have done so far for the day and on what tasks you still need to finish. It’s good to get up once an hour and take a five minute break to let your mind and eyes rest. Getting out of the house is a good idea as well; eat lunch in a nearby cafe or go for a walk  around the neighborhood, for example.  It’s important to have these little environmental changes so that your work and home life don’t blend into one, and you can stay on track.

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5.  Remember why you work

Remembering what got you started working on Zazzle can help you stay motivated because it reminds you why you do what you do. Are you working to pay bills or is it because you are passionate about what you do? Maybe you are seeking financial freedom, or maybe you are looking to be known and recognized. Perhaps it’s a little bit of everything. Whatever the reason, little positive reminders like Post-it notes on your computer or posters on your wall can help you stay inspired and driven during your day.

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Happy Designing & Affiliating!

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4 thoughts on “5 Ways to Stay Sane When Working from Home”

  1. Great post! When I first started working from home, I found that it was way too much for me to handle. You are your own boss but you really do need to have a schedule and know where you’re going or else you will soon find yourself lost in the middle of the ocean. Awesome post!

  2. I am a T-shirt designer and a freelancer. I just do my work at home. All the temptations or difficulties sometimes discourage me from continuing to work. This article gave me more motivation to continue to do the job that I passionate. Thank you for the interesting article.

  3. Really great article for motivation. Being on top of everything is very overwhelming at least at the beginning when there is so much to learn about everything! Thank you so much.

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