Happy Monday! I hope you had a blessed Easter holiday weekend and enjoyed some time with your family and friends. A few days ago, I posted on Facebook that I was uninspired and needed blog topic ideas. Many of you left me wonderful ideas and I jotted several of them down to develop into blog posts. This is one of those topics – Tips for working from home.

 You might think that I am an extrovert because I am out and about so much to discover film, fashion and fun for the blog. At the heart of the journey, I’m just trying to share something new with you and hope that we learn something together. What started out as my 2014 New Years resolution has quickly turned in to a full-time job along with my non-profit consulting services that I offer (tanya foster consulting). Both are done with me working from my home office which causes me to be a bit of an introvert.

I do most of my work alone from the comfort of my own home. I do love to collaborate with others and I tend to bring people together as I am a huge believer in networking.  This is probably because I like to share best practices and I’m all about everyone succeeding. So today I’m sharing five simple tips for working from home and making your routine successful.

Lay a plan: Know how you work and work that way. I’m known for using this strategy with my clients: “Lay a plan and work your plan.” I do the same for myself in my work plan. That includes having an organized work space with specific work hours. This requires a bit of self-discipline but it’s the only way to get things done. I have linked you to some of my favorite items used in my office to keep me organized such as my Apple MacBook Pro, stationary and more. And I absolutely adore every single thing Design Darling has to offer like this monogrammed acrylic pen holder that I have on my desk.

Break up your day: I love being alone and working from the comfort and quiet of my own home.  It’s something I never want to give up. But too much alone time can take its toll so making time for coffee with clients and lunch with friends and others is a must. Even getting out and walking the dogs for a quick break can be a nice change of pace.

Start every meeting with an agenda: Most of us will find ourselves in various meetings throughout the week, and I always have a printed agenda for those meetings. This keeps me organized and helps keep the meeting on task. Work hard and work smart!

Limit the amount of meetings: If you can have some control over your schedule I would really recommend limiting the amount of meetings you have each week to no more than 2 or 3. I used to stack my meetings so that if I was out and about, I would knock them all out in one day. I have changed my thinking on that because days filled with meetings are draining and nothing else gets done. Now, I spread the 2-3 meetings out throughout the week and find I am much more productive. Most of my work can be done via e-mail and phone calls and it keeps everyone on task.

Network:  Whether it’s via emails, coffee dates, or small social gatherings, focus being on building a friendship. If you are invited to a networking opportunity, be sure to attend. It’s the hardest part. Once you are there, you will find the conversation and new opportunities to connect with people a welcome to your daily grind.

How about you? Any advise for those of us who office from home? Please share. xoxo- Tanya

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