We all know the typical Monday through Friday grind at work. That 9-5 set schedule that helps guide our weekly routines. However, when you’re an entrepreneur and work from home, working any day of the week – if not everyday of the week – can become quite the challenge. Staying on track can be more than half the battle.
Having a work-life balance is extremely important and something I have found myself struggling with at times. When you work weekends, whether it be at home, on set filming or in the wedding industry, you need to find what works best for you in order to avoid that classic “burn out.”
Lately, I have ventured out and chosen to work on my tasks at two of my favorite local cafés, Stonehaus or Le Pain Quotidien. Not only does the vibe there allow me to focus on my work, they both also happen to serve excellent coffee and food. And what’s work without a good cup of coffee, right? Mixing up locations gives me fresh motivation and then allows me to shut off when I do return home at the end of the day.
My other go-to trick (and I got this idea from an article that I read in Forbes a while back) came from the concept of “The Four Day Work Week.” Basically, what it said was to not work on Mondays and to use that day to schedule out the rest of your work week. This is great for some but for me I simply cannot fit all of my work into a four day period. However this article did give me a different perspective on how to efficiently set up my week.
Here are a few of my little tricks for success and productivity…
- I ALWAYS hand write a To Do list. Every night without fail. This is especially important on Sundays for me as I will set out a weekly plan.
- Setting up your week. As stated above, I always make a weekly plan. Every week can change on a dime so no set schedule really works for me. Every weekend (usually Sunday) I set out what I am going to do for each day of the week.
- Making a weekly schedule. Here is just a gist of what a week for me looks like and the schedule I will make: Monday– Business meetings, conference calls, meeting with my assistant Ina to set up a weekly plan with her, figuring out what edits I have to do and prioritizing my work load. Tuesday– Editing Day. All I do is edit photos. Wednesday, Blog post day. I usually categorize a few topics for what Wednesday will be. I also use this day to do other creative things and catch up on anything I may be behind on. Thursday– editing day two. As well as, album design and website design. Friday– Photo shoots for promoting my company, Blog posts (again we structure the topics) and getting prepped for any shoots I may have that weekend. Saturdays and Sundays if I am not shooting, I can have time to have a day or two off depending on how much work I get done which would not be possible without this weekly structure.
- Make your environment a beautiful place. I know that if I have to work from home and catch up on anything when I am not shooting on the weekends, I will hit up one of my favorite local spots and work there. It boosts my productivity, lessens distractions and makes my weekend workday more enjoyable. This is true for during the workweek as well. If I do need to work from home, like when I edit, I make sure my desk and surrounding space is neatly organized and not cluttered. This gives me a fresh start and a clean mind.
Long story short, if you have positive work vibes and build a foundation to keep focused, you will have a positive weekend and fresh week ahead. Properly planning and organizing sets the tone for the days ahead. I am always looking for new ideas and suggestions so feel free to comment and let me know what works for you!
Enjoy the beautiful fall weekend and always remember that Life Is Beautiful!