How to be Productive at Home

Hey guys,

How’s everyone doing? Happy Wednesday!

By now it’s been quite a few days/weeks of us being in quarantine and working from home here in New York because la Rona (I’m actually coming up on 2 weeks this Friday), and people are definitely starting to get antsy.

Personally, the more I do it, the more I enjoy being able to work from the comforts of my own home AND do everything on my own time (for the most part).

However, the reality of the situation is that working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because who wouldn’t want to be able to work and make money from the comforts of their own home, right? But also a curse because being TOO comfortable at home could lead to not getting  a whole lot of actual work done. Which is why I wanted to put this post together of ways to (try) staying productive while at home during this time.

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  1. Wake up early

The HORROR, right? I don’t even like waking up early on regular days, so why would I want to these days that I’m home all the time?

Well, because I am technically working from home and obligated to, but the beauty about it is that I start at 9 and don’t have to worry about waking up 2 hours before to get ready, get on a train and head to work. I can get up comfortably at around 8:30, which gives me enough time to brush up, make my coffee and something to eat, feed Nala and start work.

If you don’t have to work like I do, I by NO means am suggesting for you to wake up super early at the crack of dawn, but I think waking up at like 9am is a pretty decent time to be able to get yourself going for the day and start whatever work may need to be done. Give yourself a few days of doing this to REALLY get used to it and I promise it’ll become part of your daily routine in no time. After all, the early bird gets the worm, no?

2. Create a work space for yourself *NOT in your bedroom*

For me personally, this space is my dining room. The table is large enough for all of my work stuff (laptop, paperwork, etc.) and I’ll have everything I need to get stuff done throughout the day. It’s a place comfortable enough to work, but not super comfortable to the point that I’ll get distracted with other things like I would if I were in my room.

I actually don’t even step foot into my room until I’m done with work for the day, which is after 6:30 or so. I bring everything I need downstairs so that it avoids me having to go to my room and run the risk of getting lazy/comfortable up there.

Also, I know that not everyone may have the luxury of going to a whole other floor or room of their house, but surely there is SOME type of space in your home that you can claim for a period of time to get work done. Find it, claim it, and get to work!

3. Set certain work hours for yourself

Since I’m working from home, technically my hours are still pretty set, 9am-6pm. Your hours don’t have to be nearly as long, so long as you give yourself enough time to be able to get everything done that you need to for the day. Even if it’s an hour (although hopefully it’s not that short either lol). Regardless of what it is, make those hours your permanent work hours Monday through Friday moving forward and make sure you actually put those hours to good use.

4. Create a ‘to-do’ list of things that need to get done.

I’m sure this one sounds cheesy and super obvious, but it really is true, whether it’s for schoolwork, your job or just personal errands around the house, make sure you create a to-do list of things that need to get done for the day. I personally would advise to do it the day/night before so you’re not scrambling to remember what needs to get done on the day of. This way not only are you keeping organized, but you’re also *hopefully* going to manage to keep yourself busy for a while as you’re getting things done. Also, don’t forget to try and spread certain things out so that you have a little something to do everyday to keep yourself busy since there’s no telling when all this quarantine stuff is going to be over 🤕

5. Don’t forget to set aside some free time for personal stuff that you need and/or just want to get done.

Recently for me, my “me” time will be in the morning right before I start work as I’m having breakfast and drinking my coffee, in the middle of the day at some point when I do my home workouts and after I get off work at 6-6:30pm. Those are all my personal times to be able to take care of myself, work on blog posts, new videos, IG content, etc. I take care of the necessities that I need to for work, but I’m also finding time to be able to take care of myself and get my own PERSONAL work done. If I’m not being taken care of, how can I expect everything else to be taken care of? It’s all about balance.

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This was a requested post so I hope you guys enjoyed it and that it was helpful to you in some way, shape or form if you’ve been struggling to stay productive at this point in time while at home.

Keep in mind that this is and will continue to be a learning experience for us all, so if you don’t happen to be or feel super productive in the beginning of trying these things, try not to be too hard on yourself about it. Just keep at it and eventually, you’ll get yourself into a routine where all of the things I mentioned will end up becoming second nature to you.

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Continue to stay safe, stay healthy and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Weekday Edition!

Hi Guys!

I’m REALLY sorry it’s taken so long for me to publish this post, especially since I had originally said that I would upload it on Sunday, but given the holiday weekend (Memorial Day), I didn’t think it was very smart for me to publish on that day or Monday.

I was then supposed to upload this post on Tuesday, but got REALLY sick somehow late Monday night which literally has had me bed ridden for the past 2 days; but I’m FINALLY starting to feel better and know that it’s long overdue for me to put this up, so I’m finally going to be posting today!!

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Today’s post is going to be a “Day In The Life” weekday edition post!

As some of you may know (and if you don’t/didn’t, now you will), I actually work 2 jobs.

I have my primary, full-time job as a receptionist/legal assistant at a law firm in Manhattan, and then I work part-time as a front desk associate at Blink Fitness in Manhattan as well.

During the week, my work days tend to be more or less the same, but I actually haven’t been working at the gym as much in a while. So, for this specific post I wanted to choose a day that I was, so that I was able to give you guys the full effect of what a normal, busy work day would look like for me.

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I’m starting the post when I’m actually at work, just because my morning routine from the minute that I wake up, really isn’t that exciting, PLUS if that’s something you guys would REALLY be interested in seeing at some point, then it’s a separate post that I could do for you guys later on.

So, I usually start my work day at my primary job at 9am.

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When I’m first getting in, I always need to make sure I get MY coffee and little breakfast from Starbucks (which is super convenient because there’s a location literally right next door).

Then once I actually step into the office I get the coffee going in the kitchen for the rest of the office, boot up my computer and emails and start printing emails for my boss.

FUN FACT: My boss is SUPER old-school, meaning, he almost literally has never used and/or owned a computer or up-to-date smartphone. That being said, we literally print and have physical copies of EVERYTHING; letters, agreements, notes, etc. We print everything for him, and he does everything by hand, writing it all out. Then when he’s ready, he’ll give whatever it is he’s working on to me or my office manager and we’ll type it out and bring it to life for him. So because of this, a lot of my job requires me to be walking back and forth from my desk to his office throughout the day (not complaining, it’s actually kind of nice weirdly enough).

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A big part of my job also includes multi-tasking and answering the phones.

I have 2 phones at my desk (pictured above). One (on the left) is for the law firm I’m predominantly hired by, and the other one (on the right) is for the other 2 firms in the office.

There are 3 law firms that I technically work for, all of which share office space within my office. It sounds a lot worse and more hectic than it really is, I promise! haha.

Anyway, throughout the day I end up just working on emails for my boss, agreements for the attorneys, writing out checks for some of the closings, paying bills, etc. It’s a pretty standard “desk job” I would say.

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I don’t usually end up going on my lunch break until about 1:30. I get an hour, so I think that’s the perfect time, because that’s usually when I end up getting hungry (and it tends to make the rest of the day go slightly faster lol). I’ll typically have lunch in the lounge of the building, but now that the weather is getting nicer, I’ll probably end up sitting outside more.

After lunch is when I’ll usually do my “end of the day tasks” like scheduling the FedEx pick-up because we tend to get a lot of them, last minute bill payments that need to be mailed out, finalize any/all supply orders and banking for the attorneys if it’s needed at all that day.

I know that it seems really short and actually sort of blahhh, but that’s because my days are usually chill here, and everything I mentioned are more or less the gist of my duties. Also, don’t get me wrong, as “blahh” as it may sound (or I made it sound), when it’s busy, IT’S FREAKIN’ BUSY. Phones ringing off the hook, deals going on left and right, etc. etc., but when it’s quiet, like it’s been a lot lately, it’s also REALLY quiet.

Which isn’t at all a bad thing because like I’ve mentioned to you guys a few times in previous posts, when it’s quiet, that usually ends up giving me the time to catch up on anything personal that I may be working on like blog posts, Instagram content, etc.

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I usually end at my first job at about 6pm, which typically tends to follow with me running to change as fast as I can into my Blink uniform then shooting over to the gym to start at 6:30.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a front desk associate so you’ll almost always catch me standing at (you guessed it) the front desk; greeting guests, helping them get checked in, signing new members up for their memberships, canceling current members’ memberships, or doing tours for potential new members.

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Working this job, although it can get challenging at times (if you’ve ever worked in retail before, you’ll know and/or understand EXACTLY why), actually ends up being a pretty great and perfect balance in my life believe it or not.

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I say that because at my first job, I’m pretty much just sitting at a desk in front of my computer for 8 hours, and while I’m at the gym, I’m almost always on my feet, walking around doing SOMETHING physical and hands-on (to some extent anyway).

Being that I start so late at the gym, if I’m working during the week, I always end up closing, which is at 11pm. The gym closes for our members at 11pm, but by the time we clean everything up, put all the weights away and batch-out for the night, it’s more or less 11:30; and then by the time I get home, shower, eat something, get myself ready for the next day, and get in bed to sleep, it’s usually about 12:30-1am.

So, the few times I actually work both jobs during the week, my days can get pretty long and hectic, but I like to think that somehow or another, it’s worth it.

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Well guys, that’s it. That’s pretty much a glimpse into my day-to-day, during the week, work routine. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but I also don’t necessarily think it’s dull or boring either.

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing a glimpse into my work life and that it was (somewhat) interesting to you all. I’m going to be sure to do a follow-up “day in the life” post for a weekend glimpse into my life when I’m NOT working, so stay tuned for that!

As always, thank you guys SO much for reading, please like, share, comment and follow and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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