#257 How To Makeover Your Home Office for More Productivity with Toby Fairley
Whether you’re working from home for the first time or trying to improve your established home office habits, this is the episode for you.
Finding your groove while working from home has been a creative challenge facing jewelerypreneurs (especially if you have kiddos running around!) on a massive scale.
But as a life coach and interior designer, Tobi Fairley has been helping creatives like you tackle this challenge long before stay-at-home orders were in place.
She’s one of those gifted entrepreneurs who know that your creativity is your greatest strength in business.
Tobi recognizes the connection between a well-designed space, a thriving business, and a fulfilling lifestyle that gives you space for all your dreams and passions.
With so many people working from home, she sat down with me to talk about how to makeover your home office (and your time-management habits) to maximize your productivity at home.
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Show Up for Yourself
Time blocking and creating a schedule for yourself is crucial for working efficiently and effectively.
Mapping out your schedule and creating a color-coded calendar feels great. Problem is… you usually don’t want to follow through when that time block rolls around.
As Tobi puts it, we need to manage our expectations for ourselves, be realistic, and push through that natural resistance.
That also means being kind to yourself and remembering that working from home is going to be a learning process all in itself. It’s not fair to expect your schedule to be the same at home as it was in the office.
Redesign Your Day
Tobi invites you to tap into your designer intuition when planning your day.
What are your most pressing tasks? What is the optimal space for you to complete those tasks in? How can you coordinate your schedule with the other people in your house?
Think of it as a puzzle. These are all pieces that need to fit together for you to get the most done in one day.
Experiment With Your Workspace
Where are you most creative?
If your environment isn’t comfortable and appealing, you're probably not going to want to work there for very long.
If you’ve been working somewhere for a while, remember to check in with yourself and see where you’re holding tension.
Maybe your chair isn’t very comfortable, or you’ve been sitting too long. These are small things that when remedied can go a long way for your own productivity!
Working from home brings both challenges and freedoms and it’s up to you to decide how to utilize them. Try something and if it doesn’t work, try something else!